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60-year-old semi-retired teacher Hugh Fuller shares his experience of Yamaha’s adventure bike…

 

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I’ve been riding since I was 16 (on a stripped down Honda fifty), and now ride around four to five thousand miles a year. I don’t own any other bikes now, but have put 9600 on the Super Ten, which I bought in September 2014 from John Hammond in Cirencester.

I reckon the ZE model was worth waiting for – it’s a smoother ride and I don’t have to fiddle with the suspension. I like the dual braking with just a pull on the front lever, and of course the shaft drive is great as I don’t have to worry about maintenance. I tried the new BMW R1200GS and the Triumph Explorer, but when you’ve been riding for a while you realise that the bike has to fit you, and the Yam was the best fit. It’s also incredibly stable – you feel like you could pull a sandwich from a pack behind you while doing 90mph on the motorway. There’s a certain feeling of invincibility that comes from that stability. I know that it’s an illusion, but it makes me feel at one with the bike. I also like the look of it; a squint-eyed bodybuilder with thick glasses. It makes me smile.

I owned an MT-01 before, because I liked the looks and its difficult-to-place style. That nearly threw me into a large oak tree when it got a puncture in the back tyre.

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