Daryl Beat­tie’s view

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CLASSIC RIDE -

“That’s the most fun I’ve had since I re­tired in 1997,” de­clared Beat­tie as he tried to wipe the smile off his face after leav­ing black­ies and smoke all over Queens­land Race­way on the Cagiva. “That’s the most laps I’ve done on a track for some years. I’ve only done those com­men­tat­ing laps or press launch laps but as soon as I left pit lane all the mem­o­ries of 500cc GPS came back. Noth­ing beats a 500. I felt good on the bike and it all started to come back to me. I re­mem­ber this bike well and al­ways won­dered what it would be like to ride. It feels sim­i­lar en­gine-wise to the Yamaha I rode in 1994 but it han­dles bet­ter. It’s re­ally sweet and the car­bon brakes are just awe­some when you haven’t used them for a long time. It feels re­ally good to ride a race bike again. You just can’t beat the way they steer, stop or ac­cel­er­ate. The thing just wants to wheel­stand in ev­ery gear. Un­real!” Daryl says he al­ways knew the Cagiva was a com­pet­i­tive ma­chine in the right hands, “The King (Ed­die Law­son) did a lot for Cagiva and Kocin­ski had some good re­sults on the bike. There’s no doubt that it had more po­ten­tial so it is a shame that this was the last one.”

From any an­gle the Cagiva 500 looked bet­ter than any 500 in his­tory.

Daryl left plenty of rub­ber on the Tar­mac. He’s for­got­ten noth­ing about how to ride fast!

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