Practical Sportsbikes (UK)

YAMAHA XS1100

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There was a mint one for sale at the same time for the same money, but it wasn’t this one

– a genuine Martinispe­cial with the John Mockett-designed aero fairing (sadly not fitted). Yamaha test rider (the late) Dave Bean used to be able to do an easy 120mph on one of these with a fag on the go, so effective was the swivelling fairing upper that moved with the ’bars. You’d really have to want this, but they only made 65 of them, and it’s got a Marshall pipe. Big money, though.

 ??  ?? Great Martini paintjob. One of these won the Aussie Castrol 6-Hours in 1978. Aye
Great Martini paintjob. One of these won the Aussie Castrol 6-Hours in 1978. Aye
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