The owner of this R6 brought it down to us on a recommendation after he’d bought it – the original owner had done a 100 or so miles on it then put it in his living room, where it then stayed! It was then sold, and the new owner clocked up 4,000 miles or so.

He’d also fitted a road legal Micron can (eek!) but thought it felt wheezy and horrible so came to us for a sort out. We gave it a full service (quite an expensive job because we had to change all the fluids, including the original tyres which definitely had a touch of the mahogany about ’em).

We also synced the carbs and then set the bike up it on the Dyno; it made a solid 99-100bhp but with something very noticeable when compared to a modern 600 – this old one had real mid-range grunt. On the road test after we were struck by what a lovely motorcycle it was. And the fact they haven’t really made too many advances with today’s crop in comparison…

Oohh, the irony. Dubbed a screamer in its day, this '99 R6 id a mid-range monster compared to a modern 600...

Oohh, the irony. Dubbed a screamer in its day, this ’99 R6 id a mid-range monster compared to a modern 600…