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
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