Insurance group: 16 of 17 — compare quotes now. After its Laguna Seca press launch, the 1100 became the new sportsbike standard-setter and from that point on its place in the history books was assured. No matter the guise, there are few things as muscular as these babies. The first thing I noticed was the heavy steering at low speed - caused by the steering damper - anyway I left well alone because my 600 used to shake its head when powering out of bends. If you like peaky power characteristics then get one of these bit like a peaky 2 stroke but with engine breaking Its reliable , very fast and always brings a smile on a twisty country road. I'd always fancied a twin, but having never ridden one, I was a bit wary, hence the test first. This shift represented a new generation of high performance big bikes, which employed Yamaha racing technology from the track.
All registered in England and Wales. That's not a slur on the bike itself, rather it's a compliment since it proves that the big Gixxer was so insanely fast, powerful and competent that it satisfied the needs of even the most extreme riders which is why it's still so popular with stunt riders and enthusiasts today. The engineers had ditched the cradle frame, which had been a feature of the bike since it invented modern superbiking in 1985. However it's main use was for Sunday blast's and track days. This was after I tested one from Tony Jefferies in Warrington.
Rothwell's bikes have to handle thousands of wheelies, stoppies, burn-outs and every other madcap stunt the Liverpudlian can dream up. This bike sports a one of a kind custom paint job. New Tires, Brake pads, Calipers rebuilt, Front suspension rebuilt replaced two fork tubes, Rear shock replaced, Steering stabilizer replaced. Dead uncomfortable - not true. Six pot front brakes are fine but need to be maintained. Feels so nice to ride. Can not ride in position.
The forks are quite soft and heavier and faster riders will benefit from an extra 30cc of fork oil to firm them up a tad. Engine type: In-line four, four-stroke Power:155. A rare beast both then and now. Hence the fact you still see them on the road and at bike shows as rolling objet d'arts. The 1100 looked like, and indeed was like, its smaller 750 sibling but it was definitely the head of the family when it came to power.
Had a fair few bikes over the years and to be honest this is one that Im least likely to sell. The styling now put both headlights behind a single Perspex panel. Strengths: Quick and easy to chuck about. I just can't stop wanting to ride it and ride it hard. It was ultra reliable and never once let me down, including a 1500 mile round trip to Alicante and back last year. Lots of room under the pillion hump for storage too. Today, if a well-ridden one of these appears in your mirrors, wave them through and then call the men in the white coats.
I cannot fault this bike - it could be perfect. It was great there, getting under Yamaha R1s and the like. I took it to the Isle of Man. Gone were the down tubes, replaced by a sturdy fixation of the cylinder head with the frames upper box section. The Blade did feel slightly quicker in a straight line on smooth tarmac, but once we got onto the bendy bits it was a nightmare. Tank is in perfect shape with no dents or scratches.
Exterior For 1989, Yamaha redesigned their biggest sport bike from the tires up, and it felt different. This allowed large bore exhaust reader pipes for excellent gas flow at high engine speeds coupled with the valve restricting flow at lower revs, to speed the gas through. If the owner has the full service history of the bike and you are satisfied with the miles, than you should really consider buying it. Can not ride due to knee injuries. Bike is fast , reliable and ready to ride anywhere. Workman did a lot of the work himself. I havnt been disappointed thus far in my bargain purchase.
It went round bend's as if it was on rails!. Hitting the front brakes hard on this bike is a dream - the forks hardly dive and the bike feels so solid, planted and composed that you just start taking liberties without thinking about it. Frame:Throttle cables, Grips and bar ends, Shifter and foot peg rubbers, Light bulbs and instrument bulbs, Windshield, Wheel bearings front and rear, Fairings repaired painted and new decalsSeat recovered, Gas tank rubber trim, Stainless fairing bolt kit, Chain guard, Rear sprocket rubbersBattery, Brake light switches, Clutch lever, Spare parts also included. In short, I could not fault it - best £7000 I ever spent. It is perfectly able to be driven around at less than 4000 revs if need be and the engine really gets going at 7000 revs.