The Fi­nal Call

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - 18-CYLINDER GIANT TEST -

Af­ter a while, Sei-own­ers Pete and Gor­don start swap­ping six cylin­der carb is­sues: “Have you ever dropped the carbs on your Sei to clean them out? Do you find it tricky get­ting the mid­dle one out? No, it’s get­ting the air­box off that’s the pain in the neck. It’s less finicky than the Z1300,” etc.

While they’re dis­tracted, JB, Jimmy and I com­pare notes: the CBX is eas­i­est to place – it’s a work-in-progress; a good base to build a bond with your in­line six with a re­build and resto. Be­fore it can grace your drive, it should grace the in­side of your garage. And while parts are still avail­able, don’t think it’ll be cheap – only tech­ni­cians with ex­pe­ri­ence of in­line sixes should re­ally be trusted to get in­side them.

The Sei is a nice ex­am­ple; a good-look­ing and dis­tinc­tive bike that gets a reg­u­lar runout. Again, a sus­pen­sion and tyre fresh­enup would make it ex­po­nen­tially more fun; the en­gine is a nice me­chan­i­cal de­vice to in­dulge in; but it’s not re­ally about trans­port.

The Z13 el­bows its way to the top; it’s got mas­sive pres­ence and a bru­tal, blocky cool that doesn’t need to say a word to scare the hell out of peo­ple. But it’s also a crack­ing ride, de­liv­er­ing a deeply six­ual ex­pe­ri­ence you sim­ply can’t get any­where else in the mod­ern world.

“A BRU­TAL, BLOCKY COOL THAT DOESN’T NEED TO SAY A WORD TO SCARE THE HELL OUT OF PEO­PLE”

This is them try­ing to work out which way is up, never mind reach a ver­dict for the test. Hon­estly

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