Star Letter: Thanks for the memories!
By: Web Editor
When I first saw the ZZ-R in 1990 (as a skinny 22-year-old riding a Yamaha DT125), I fell in love and vowed to have one, one day! Fast forward 13 years and I became the proud owner of a dark metallic green 1995 D4 model, which I still own nine years later. It’s a superb bike in many ways, the comfort of the ride position, the smooth transition through the gears, the speed... I had it up to 165mph, which scared the bejesus out of me, and it still wanted to go faster. Sadly, my bottle went before it ran out of poke! In the intervening years between the DT and the ZZ-R, I had a number of different bikes: GS650GT, Z750LTD, even a CB750 Four, hard tail chopper, but one bike stood out from all the rest.
In 1992 I bought an F reg Yamaha FJ1200. What a bike. The first time I took it out I felt like I’d just climbed aboard the Starship Enterprise. It didn’t have gears; it had warp factors. My missus at that time was riding the GS650GT, but after taking my FJ around the estate promptly declared she wanted one. One week later she owned a 1984 FJ1100.
Since then, many things have changed. The missus is ex, and so is the bike. I found out the bike had been written off, rebuilt and reregistered before I bought it. It went some way to explaining why I went through a set of rear wheel bearings every three months (think the frame may have been twisted).
Anyway, when this month’s CMM arrived this week the huge smile that had arrived on my face when I first rode the FJ returned, as the cover bike looked exactly like the 1100 my ex had. It brought back all the wonderful memories of riding my FJ and I wanted to say thanks. I have recently bought an XJR1300 from a friend on the basis of the pedigree of that engine and also because it looks beautiful in black. It doesn’t disappoint.
Thanks again for the great memories your mag brings back to life. Keep it up.
Bertie says: Thanks for that Andrew, we’ve had plenty of positive feedback on the introduction of bikes from the 1990s into CMM – this was something first done by my predecessor Ben Wilkins and something we’re keen to continue. While we love the ‘real’ classics such as the CB750, the Z1, Suzuki’s GTs and GSs, RDs of all shapes, sizes and cooling, we also know that modern classics from the 1990s offer all the good bits of owning modern motorcycles without the price tags of older classics and with more practicality.
Responses to “Star Letter: Thanks for the memories!”
Current Issue: July 2016
Mighty Mick Doohan and his 1990s shadow Alex Criville.
1997 DUCATI 916 SPS
Mossy falls in love with a special Ducati.
An amazing Valentino Rossi game and what's happening.
If you love Kettles… check this out.
We do love hearing from you all, so keep ’em coming.
SHOW US YOURS
All that’s best from your shed or garage.
MOTO MARTIN SPECIAL
Andy Westlake on one very special CBX turbo!
Ben Jones and his Brit-style café racer GSX-R.
Chris Moss enjoys another modern classic Ducati.
Mark Forsyth talks about his champsionship-winning Ducati 888.
John Nutting rides a divisive Honda V-twin.
Morbidelli’s V8 superbike re-created.
Wemoto’s amazing range revealed.
Mark Haycock with more tips.
The amateurs have done it, now the expert!
Mark Haycock finally sorts his TX500 oil filter.
John Nutting on these British lightweight wheels.
Niall Mackenzie finishes his lovely stroker. What’s next?
Tony Carter’s GP 250 part two!
Steve Cooper sorts ’em.
Ralph Ferrand’s part two on this tiddler twin.
Stan Stephens on putting this
in an RD.
DUCATI M900 MONSTER
Another Ducati this month.
Scoop on this delight from 1962.
Scoop’s odyssey continues!
NOT ONLY BUT ALSO…
Scott Redmond on sports 600s.
• Next issue on sale: July 20, 2016