Doesn’t time fly by?

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - NEWS - Ed­i­tor Bsim­monds@mor­

Look­ing at the con­tent of this is­sue I can­not be­lieve that the Yamaha YZF-R1 is 20 years old this year. I still re­call my first ride on one: a brand-new red and white 4XV test bike from Yamaha. I couldn’t get my head around just how fast it was and how quickly those numbers on the oh-so-cool LCD speedo would rise at the mer­est whiff of your right wrist. Lit­tle won­der then that Yamaha has lots planned for this year to cel­e­brate and the fact the 4XV is rid­den and dis­sected over many pages in this month’s CMM. Hell, even Niall Macken­zie wants to buy one as a project… We’re also look­ing at track-days on clas­sics, with Mark Forsyth say­ing how to do it on the cheap and Ralph Fer­rand do­ing it for the first time on his road bike. Pic­tured above is me on my old ZX-7R back in 2001. I used to do lots of track-days back then and the old Kwak was a cost-ef­fec­tive way of do­ing it. It looked like a Bri­tish Su­per­bike, but was just dressed in ex-steve Plater body­work – it even had a side-stand! Re­cently, this bike (more bat­tered and bruised than ever) has come back into my life. What should I do with it, I won­der?

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