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Market Place

Once a stepping stone for any aspiring sportsbike rider, 400cc pocket rockets are now rapidly becoming a collector’s dream; exotic, rare and packed full of character…


We’re now getting used to sub-400cc sportsbikes, but the current generation of singles and twins are very different to what came before them. Back in the eighties, 400cc inline four supersports machines made sense – albeit within a very narrow boundary. Introduced to the Japanese market to abide by license restrictions – think of it as a Japanese A2 class – some soon saw a gap in the market at home and began shipping them over to Blighty to feed a generation of youngsters hungry for looks and knee sliding performance. We were used to fantastic and peaky 250cc two strokes, but these more ornate four-strokes were something else – and in many cases offered staggering ability and technical prowess to match anything seen in bigger capacity bikes.

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TEST THE BEST IN THE BEST TEST Yes, it’s that time of year again when we all decamp to some far flung track and spend two days living the life of Riley; burning fuel, razzing tyres, scuffing sliders and scoffing pizzas. From the moment the light goes green to the second the circuit switches it back to red, we’re out on track trying to understand.
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