Last Autumn we played a game of Fantasy Auction with the lots available at Bonhams’ 2015 Autumn Stafford Sale. As promised, I’ve checked the results and here’s a summary of how I would’ve got on: Continue reading
The deadline for ordering the 2016 factory specification Yamaha YZF-R1M race bike has been extended until midnight on 28 February. Priced at £18,749 inclusive of VAT, the YZF-R1M is a limited-run model and has an impressive specification that includes Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension, carbon bodywork and a Communication Control Unit (CCU) for wireless remapping and data-logging. Continue reading
This weekend brings the 22nd Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford and, with it, Bonhams’ 2015 Autumn Stafford Sale. Being unable to make it in person, I thought I’d console myself with a game of Fantasy Auction. What’s that? You’ve never played? Allow me to explain. In Fantasy Auction, you choose a real-life auction and then you set yourself a budget and then you pick the lots you really could be tempted by and what your maximum bid would be. After the auction, you can check the results to see whether you’d have been successful.
OilySmudges recently posted an article asking Yamaha to bring back the iconic “Speed Block” design. Imagine our surprise when today (18 September 2015) Yamaha announced that a limited edition 60th Anniversary version of the YZF-R1 will be produced for the 2016 model year featuring this iconic design. Continue reading
They are one of the most enduring motorcycle branding exercises of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century and have graced both race and road machines but when were the Yamaha “Speed Block” graphics first seen and where did they come from? Continue reading
Over the past few years the market for retro motorcycles, those machines that conjure up memories of the past, has really expanded and now many of the mainstream manufacturers have at least one retro model in their range. With that in mind, I thought it might be entertaining to compare these machines with the ones they take their inspiration from. Continue reading
A question every budding motorcycle restorer will have to answer at some point is “What sort of restoration project do I want this to be?” which really means “What sort of motorcycle do I want to have at the end of all my hard work?”.
Ultimately, to a large degree, this will depend on what you want to do with it when it’s finished… Continue reading