Practical Sportsbikes welcome
ISSUE 91 May 2018
Special Build of theyear is go. Out of a sackful of entries, we’ve whittled them down to 10.And what a 10 they are: Motogp andwsb replicas, a flat tracker, cafe racers, 2T hybrids, a brutal Turbo, and a seriously funky ‘moped’.all very special in their own right.
SBOTY is your competition, so now it’s over to you to pick a winner. It won’t be easy, but you always pick well. Put the kettle on and grab a brew before you get stuck into choosing your favourite, however – we’ve given 23 pages of the issue over to SBOTY so you can truly appreciate the time, effort, ingenuity and comedy that’s been lavished on each and every build.
If you’re still not sure which yanks your chain, don’t forget that you can see them all in the metal on our SBOTY stand at the Carole Nash MCN Festival 19-20 May – and cast your vote in person.
From the very best of specials to the very best of years. 1998 was, by some margin, a belter of a year for new bikes – as Simon Hargreaves recalls from page 37.Yam’s YZF-R1 showing the ’Blade the door and ushering in a new era of lighter, faster, better superbikes.the same firm’s Fazer 600 and Honda’s Hornet 600 proved that affordable middleweights could be an absolute blast to ride, too.
The Italians were ‘on it’ too.aprilia demonstrating that Ducati weren’t the only big-twin kings, and the Bologna boys giving Foggy the tools to win his third world title. One hell of a year.
Enjoy your PS.
Alan struggles to contain his excitment
1998: a golden age for bikes and hair