Alan Seeley Cornish Ambassador
“Reverse head 3MA has to have a place. From a time when manufacturers could do what they liked”
1. DUCATI 916 STRADA
Even a quarter of a century on the Ducati 916 looks like it has been teleported back from a different time and place. Even when you’re not riding it you can just look at it and imagine you are riding it.
2. DUCATI 748SPS
It might seem a bit greedy to want one of these alongside a 916 but at least on this I might feel like I’m pushing towards some of its potential, which I most assuredly couldn’t do on its bigger sibling. SPS because we all like the fancy stuff.
3. LAVERDA JOTA
The pin-up bike for men of a certain age who were boys in the 1970s. The fact that the Jota is hard work and a demanding ride makes even modest mastery of it something of an achievement.
4. HONDA CRM250AR
Because we all need a trail bike. The AR (Active Radical) drips in tech which kind of puts it at odds with what you really want in a trailie but it was as developed as strokers got, and for that earns its place.
5. YAMAHA RD350LC
Not the best two-stroke Yamaha made in technical terms but the one we all lusted after if we hit our mid-teens around the time of its launch. Every generation has its must-have bike and this was ours.
6. HONDA CBR924RR
Not the first choice of ’Blade aficionados but the millennial fuel-injected CBR924RR pointed to a new direction for sportsbikes. This was the last bike PB technical editor John Robinson rode before his passing. He loved it. 7. YAMAHA YZF-R1
The most-hyped bike of the 1990s disappointed a little when I first rode an importer test bike. Then I borrowed a demonstrator that had been set up by Flitwick Motorcycles. Then I got it – and some.
8. BIMOTA KB1
The idea that a maverick mob of free thinkers in Italy could do better than the might of a Japanese conglomerate still appeals. Made myself late for a dinner date with my future wife taking in the detail of a KB1 parked on the street.
He likes a bit of reverse cylinder does Alan. No wonder, turquoise is the boss colour for these too 9. YAMAHA TZR250 3MA
If you like two-strokes and the slight perversity of a wrong-way-round engine then the reverse head 3MA has to have a place in your garage. From a time when manufacturers really could do just as they liked.
10. HONDA CBR600F4
We all need a sensible 600 to be foolish on and they don’t come any better suited than the CBR600. A bike to fit your mood, whatever your mood might be, or to just get on and ride without barely thinking about it.
Hard work to ride, but so easy on the eye