Austin Smith Art Editor (2012-16)
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.