LOVE HONDA (AND YAMAHA)

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David Mur­ray is happy to ad­mit that his race bike is a replica.

“I do have an­other ver­sion, but you’ll only see it at events like Broad­ford’s Bo­nanza fun rides,” he said. “It’s too spe­cial to crash.” The bike in ques­tion is Honda’s RS1000, seen in the hands of Tony Hat­ton and Mike Cole in Aus­tralia’s big­gest road-rac­ing events in 1979. “This is the one I can race; the one at home is a bitsa made from fac­tory bits.” Mur­ray loves road-rac­ing, but is torn be­tween it and his first love, en­duro rid­ing. “I raced in the in­au­gu­ral Aus­tralian Safari in 1985 on my ’83 Yamaha XT600 Tenere,” he said. That has since clocked up 150,000km, in­clud­ing five times in the Tenere Trag­ics event that cel­e­brates this iconic model. “It’s the only Yamaha I own, though – I’m a Honda man,” he said.

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