Why 1998 was the best year for bikes

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Jim Moore Edi­tor

I was 24, and handed the keys to a new YZF-R1 and the run of a track in the SOF. It re­ally didn’t get any bet­ter than that. We knew then that ’98, like the R1, was very spe­cial in­deed. jim.moore@ prac­ti­cal­sports­bikesmag.co.uk

Damian Smith Art Edi­tor

I was at the same track and test as Jim (above) but I wasn’t al­lowed to even touch the R1, never mind ride it. It was good to be around peo­ple who at least pre­tended to like me, if only for a short while. damian.smith@ prac­ti­cal­sports­bikesmag.co.uk

Mark Gra­ham Pro­duc­tion Edi­tor

It was the Fazer that did it for me. Couldn’t be­lieve it was that good and that cheap. And I had a first gen. Max­toned Priller Mille in red and pur­ple, which I so wish I still had. Loved that bike. mark.gra­ham@ prac­ti­cal­sports­bikesmag.co.uk

Alan See­ley Tech­ni­cal edi­tor

The first R1 was a Yamaha test bike and it wasn’t all that for me. But then I rode a Steve Lins­dell-prepped Fl­itwick bike and I un­der­stood. Had a ZX-7R too, the best 750 ever for my money. alan.see­ley@ prac­ti­cal­sports­bikesmag.co.uk

Gary Hurd Tech­ni­cal con­sul­tant

There hasn’t been a year like it since. I was work­ing for a Yamaha dealer at the time and I re­mem­ber peo­ple com­ing in and just stand­ing in awe of the R1. Just like when I went to Cad­bury’s World. psports­bikes@bauer­me­dia. co.uk

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