I bought one…

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Yamaha Xjr12/1300 -

Steve Baggett Kent

“Bril­liant bikes. Happy do­ing 90 on a mo­tor­way for hours on end. A bit too bouncy some­times, but that just adds to the fun. Twisties are a joy, the im­mense weight dis­ap­pears. Did 2000 miles in one week last year and had no is­sues what­so­ever, which is sur­pris­ing for a 20-year-old bike with 50k un­der its wheels.”

An­thony Don­nelly Birm­ing­ham

“I had a 2001 XJR1300SP for a cou­ple of years from 2005. A ‘real’ mo­tor­bike, it kind of re­minded me of rid­ing a big V8 en­gined au­to­matic car – it moved on a ti­dal wave of torque. The XJR was a real mus­cle bike, and the creamy torque of the big air-cooled lump made the big Yam easy to ride.

“I rode a Suzuki GSX1400 a cou­ple of years later. How­ever for some rea­son the fire did not burn in quite the way I thought it might and I sold the thing af­ter only 18 months. Now I find my­self miss­ing that smooth ef­fort­less per­for­mance. I much pre­ferred the big Yam per­son­ally.”

Pete Good­ier Derby

“What a bike. Loved it – es­pe­cially the way it wheel­ied on the throt­tle. My Honda CB1300 is def­i­nitely nowhere near as quick.”

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