Fri, 27 Apr 2018

The golden era bikes you need in your life

The 90’s and early noughties were regarded by many to the golden age of modern motorcycling.

Foggy was dominating World Superbikes to record-breaking crowds with record-breaking title achievements (that still stand to this day), while the 100k+ spectators spurred him on wildly in a frenzy of adrenaline-fuelled madness.

Ahh, the good old days…

It also saw the meteoric rise of popularity for motorcycling in a way that hadn’t been witnessed since the 60’s when Rockers ruled the roads racing between jukebox songs. And, with this popularity came a plethora of class-defining, iconic motorcycles, from the likes of Tado Baba’s legendary Fireblade, to Yamaha’s scalpel-sharp R1. Not forgetting the rise of the sports tourer too, making motorcycles both practical continental conquerors, and equally fun when the roads etched their way through a vast, folding landscape.

Nowadays, the bikes from this golden era are starting to become highly revered, while still being sensibly priced (for the minute at least). What it all means is that now is a fantastic time to buy these legendary machines before prices start to skyrocket in the imminent future. And, after all that, they’re still fantastic machines to ride and will still leave you grinning like a Cheshire cat whenever you lift the garage door.


Yamaha YZF1000 Thunderace

Yamaha Thunderace

Yamaha Thunderace

The Thunderace proved to be a brilliant companion to the rider who wanted to cover loads of miles in relative comfort, but do it this very quickly. While the 145bhp might seem modest by the modern 200bhp+ standard that we’re seeing on blisteringly-quick machines such as Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 SX, it’s still by no means a slouch – with a top speed of 165mph still easily achievable. Not that we’d ever condone hitting those sorts of speeds on normal roads, Officer.

It’s a machine that was brought into existence during that crucial crossover period when some sportsbikes were celebrated for their overall versatility and fun, when you wanted a bike that would provide ample daft fun on a sunny Sunday, while still being practical enough to use every day.

This particular example has come into our used bike stock, benefitting from a number of sensible extras too. Firstly, a Nitron rear shock unit has replaced the standard suspension in the rear, offering both rebound and compression dampening to tailor the ride exactly how you want it. An aftermarket rear hugger also helps keep all the road crud under control and away from the parts that matter.

An aftermarket exhaust makes the most of the butter-smooth inline-four cylinder engine and upgraded Hel brake lines help bring things to a stop with more progressive feel. Finally, a double-bubble screen makes it that bit easier to smash those big distances with ease.

This is a unique opportunity to own a much-loved future classic that comes presented in stunning condition and with low mileage for the year, with just 23,251 miles on its clocks.


Kawasaki ZZR1100

Kawasaki ZZR1100

Kawasaki ZZR1100

If the Thunderace was Yamaha’s mile-munching, fun and sporty jewel, then the trusty ZZR1100 was Kawasaki’s equivalent, but with another ace in the hole… It held claim to the coveted accolade of being the fastest production motorcycle for years, until Honda’s CBR1100X Super Blackbird stole the crown in 1996. Still, it proved to be a breath-taking machine that would catapult to a top speed of 172mph that remains a solid choice for many riders. Even today it still impresses with its versatility and speed and has become a very desirable machine indeed.

This example comes presented in beautiful condition, a set of Oxford heated grips add a practical touch and make this bike ready to crush continental trips with ease. It’s a huge amount of bike for the money.


Triumph Daytona 955i

Triumph 955i

Triumph 955i

Okay, so this might be a little newer than the other machines on this list, but this stunning Daytona 955i is an absolutely exceptional machine that is a credit to its previous owner.

With the incredible three-cylinder engine proving the star of the show with its ample grunt and fantastic character, it proved to be the start of Triumph’s modern day dominance and marked the shape of very good things to come for the Hinckley-based manufacturer.

These machines are set to become future classics and are becoming highly sought after. This particular example is a very special machine indeed, and offers a very rare chance to acquire an appreciating and significant piece of modern British motorcycling.

Racking up just 7,752 since rolling out of the factory in 2004, this machine is immaculately presented and comes with the addition of a fantastic matching number plate that begins ‘T995’.


Kawasaki ZX-6R

Kawasaki ZX-6R

Kawasaki ZX-6R

The 90’s was the era of the mighty 600 supersport machines. Revered for their high-revving engines, sweet handling and performance bias, they proved to be the perfect blend of power, usability and fun for our British roads. The countryside came alive to the echoes of riders up and down the country with riders who ruled the roads, what a time it was.

Kawasaki’s ZX-6R, along with Honda’s CBR600, Suzuki’s GSX-R600 and the Yamaha R6 were the weapons of choice and, the sweeping backroads became the proving grounds and playgrounds.

This particular bike is a wonderfully kept example that has been well looked after and is presented in extremely good standard condition and, at £2,399, offers fantastic value for money too.

Service you can trust

Here at Bridge, we’ve been trading motorcycles for over 65 years. So, it’s fair to assume that we know a thing or two about helping our customers find the perfect bike. We’ve got years of experience in partnering riders with their dream machines – be it a brand new bike, fresh from the manufacturer, or one of the quality used vehicles we have in stock.

If you’re buying from us, you can be certain of only the very best customer service, from the time you enter the showroom to the collection of your new machine.

The motorcycles we sell are carefully selected and prepared by our factory trained technicians and our dedicated sales team will ensure that you have the very best buying experience and means that we’re well known for the quality of the machines we sell. From the 47-point PDI check from our factory-trained technicians and the HPI check we carry out on all the motorcycles we sell.

Get in touch with one of our sales team or drop into the showroom to find out more about any of these machines, or from the 180+ used machines we currently have in stock.