Austin Smith Art Edi­tor (2012-16)

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - What It All Means -

1. YAMAHA SDR200

I in­stantly loved Yamaha’s sin­gle cylin­der two-stroke. With one of the neat­est frames ever wrapped around an en­gine.

2. KAWASAKI ZXR750R K1

One of the best look­ing ZXRS with its al­loy tank, 39mm flat­slides, close-ra­tio gear­box, lighter sub­frame and that solo seat.

3. GILERA SP-02 125

Styling rem­i­nis­cent of the 500 GP bikes of the time, in fact the first gen­er­a­tion SP-01 came in a Pepsi-suzuki paint scheme.

4. DU­CATI 888 SP

I’d go for it over a 916. A loud hard-edged race replica, with a full race pedi­gree .

5. YAMAHA FZR400R 3TJ

Not just any 3TJ, but my 1990 Ja­panese im­port. A re­gret­ful sale. I toured all over Europe and went to the TT – loved ev­ery minute on it.

6. HONDA VFR750R RC30

For me there’s never been a bet­ter sound­ing bike than an RC30 at the TT.

7. HONDA NSR250R MC21

If I had to pick just one Sports 250, it would have to be the Gull-arm NSR. If that wasn’t an op­tion then the 1988 MC18 R4J SP.

8. YAMAHA TDR250

Such a great con­cept and so ahead of its time – typ­i­cal Yamaha. A bike that makes you feel good as soon as you start it up.

9. TRI­UMPH DAY­TONA T595

This triple has re­ally grown on me. I don’t think we re­alised how good a bike it was, just be­cause it wasn’t faster than a GSX-R.

10. KAWASAKI KH250

Not that quick, but there’s some­thing spe­cial about the smaller en­gine be­cause it’s re­ally three 80s chained to­gether – and we all love an 80. Has to be green.

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