YAMAHA YZR-M1 REPLICA

Mas­sive Max Bi­aggi fan cre­ates im­pe­ri­ous red-hot homage to Ro­man Em­peror with exquisitely-crafted body parts on YZF750 and R1 run­ning gear

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Special Build of the Year 2018 - Pe­ter Kent

Max Bi­aggi fan Pe­ter Kent has some pre­vi­ous when it comes to build­ing replicas of his idol’s bikes. Reg­u­lar read­ers will re­call Pe­ter’s trib­ute to the Ro­man Em­peror’s Yamaha YZR500 that has pre­vi­ously ap­peared in these pages.

Now the 59 year-old con­struc­tion plan­ner has built a Bi­aggi-themed four-stroke as a part­ner for his blue-smoker.this bike mim­ics the lastyamaha Bi­aggi rode in the pre­miere class; a 2002YZR-M1 from the first year of Mo­togp.

Pe­ter sourced AYZF750 to use as the donor bike. “It was a bit of a mess,” he says, “al­though it only cost £850.” Pe­ter stripped the bike down, leav­ing the en­gine in the frame and clean­ing around it. He chopped off the rear sub­frame and re­made it to suit the race seat, a spe­cial item in it­self made by Spike Liv­ing­stone of Ragged Edge Rac­ing from a mould taken from a gen­uineyzr-m1. Spike also made the fair­ing. Pe­ter fab­ri­cated a front sub­frame to carry that and a Koso dash.

Black-painted frame pro­tec­tors from Chris Alty dis­guise theyzf750 spars and lend a true race-bike look to the chas­sis.

The forks and wheels came from a cross­plane-crankyzf-r1.that means the front-end has the mighty stop­ping power of ra­dial calipers. How­ever Pe­ter stuck with the YZF750 swingarm at the rear to re­tain ge­om­e­try and keep the wheel­base as short as Bi­aggi him­self.the chain ad­justers were re­made and an­odised for a bet­ter look and fit.an un­der­slung Brembo P83 caliper is charged with back brake du­ties. Rearset plates are by Barry Daw­son at Blue Haze Rac­ing while the footrests came cour­tesy of Ali Ex­press as did the han­dle­bar levers.

Pe­ter short­ened the head­ers so an Akrapovic can could be fit­ted closer to the cen­tre of the bike in true Mo­togp mass­cen­tralised style. It’s sus­pended from a bracket made and car­bon wrapped by Pe­ter.

As well as look­ing the part, Pe­ter’syzr-m1 replica de­liv­ers the goods too. “Since fin­ish­ing the bike I’ve rid­den it atan­gle­sey and Oul­ton Park and I had a ball both times, which you’d ex­pect from a lighteryzf750 with bet­ter sus­pen­sion and brakes.

“It has a day­time MOT and it’s taxed,” says Pe­ter. “So I’ll be hav­ing some fun with it on the road too.”

Head­ers were short­ened to tuck can tight in

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