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By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, Bike Social boss, Potski to his mates. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Tamworth Yamaha's mint R1 Ross tribute
Tamworth Yamaha have created this gorgeous R1 special to celebrate the return of Valentino Rossi into the Yamaha family.

Based around a 2011 ‘cross-plane crank’ YZF-R1, Tamworth haven’t held back when it comes to the list of parts they have added. The paint scheme is done by Rage Designs and is a take on Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary red/white – only done in the same silver that the Mercedes F1 team use with a cherry red. Pictures really don’t do it justice, in the flesh it is stunning. But this bike isn’t just about looking good, its performance and handling has also been boosted…

Ohlins road and track forks replace the standard Yamaha items while a TTX36 shock sits in the back. The wheels are lightweight Marchesini forged items with discs, monoblock calipers and the radial brake master cylinder and clutch lever Brembo units.

On the electrical side a YEC (Yamaha’s racing arm, much like HRC) competition wiring loom replaces the road bike’s and comes complete with a pit lane speed limiter, which is activated by the on/off switch on the left hand bar. A brand new HM digital dash displays more information than you could possibly ever need and is matched to a HM quickshifter. Once on the go a YEC quick action throttle and full Akrapovic titanium exhaust system with carbon cans ensures that the rev counter climbs faster than one of those rats in ‘I’m a Celeb’.
That famous number 46 on Tamworth Yamaha's R1
Add to list some neat finishing touches such as the PP Tuning quick release fuel tap, Renthal clip-ons, Valtermoto rearsets and a modified top yoke and you have a truly special machine.

Priced at £30,000 the ‘Rossi Returns’ special is a track bike, but what else do you expect from a machine of this high specification. And anyway, you could always get a daylight only MOT…
Brembos and Ohlins mean it should stop and handle as well as it looks
Quickshifter makes for race bike accuracy when changing gear
Full Akrapovic exhaust system and No.46 tail unit
Rossi on his last trip to Tamworth...
If this bike tickles your fancy Tamworth Yamaha can be contacted on http://www.tamworthyamaha.com

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