What if I told you that recently a seven-year-old bike polished the Nürburgring record on two wheels? Well yes, and also the new record is in the hands of an amateur pilot, a simple amateur completely dedicated to his passion. That's Andy Carlile, a 33-year-old Brit who has lived near the legendary circuit since 2007 and claims to have completed more than a thousand laps of the German track, something to which the one-year ticket that gives practically unlimited access to the circuit helped a lot.
Andy stopped the clock at 7'10”with his 2005 Yamaha R1, a motorcycle that he bought for 4000 pounds in 2007 and that he has taken care to adjust to his liking, without being, far from it, a machine derived from the competition. The Yamaha has Nitron suspensions, Power Commander, carbon BST rims or titanium Akrapovic exhausts. The English says that these modifications make the Japanese superbike much more agile, allow to accelerate earlier, improve braking, changes of direction and the general behavior of the set. lowering his weight by 11kg. Next, we leave you with the test in mode on-board video.
ANDThis fact invites us to reflect a littleDo we really need the latest model? Can we tell the difference on a motorcycle from one year to the next? Do brands sell us advances that are small steps as if they were giant leaps? Personally: no, no and yes.
By the way, add that AndyPath, which is what they call him, has been gaining the reputation of being the fastest pilot on green hell for years and in his hands he has seen jewels like the MV Agusta F4 312R - up to 16 seconds slower -.