Prac­ti­cal Sports­bikes wel­come

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - News - Jim Moore, Edi­tor

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

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