One of the biggest misfortunes of our generation is that you can’t walk into a showroom and book yourself a MotoGPbike. Even if you could, with all the carbon fibre, titanium and R&D that has gone into making one of these, you’d be writing a cheque in excess of $2,000,000 to be able to afford one. And then you couldn’t ride the bike anyway – these machines are track-only and require a special racing license.
1. Ronax 500
If you think that the Ronax 500 resembles the Honda NSR500 racer, you’re not wrong, it’s the 21-gun salute to the two-stroke 500cc World Championship bikes of the 1990s. The bike is strikingly similar to 2001 Honda NSR500 – the last two-stroke engine bike to win a Grand Prix, at the hands of a certain Valentino Rossi.
This street legal beast has been produced in limited numbers. How many, you ask? Rossi’s favourite number, 46. Don’t think this ode to yesteryears is all show and no go. Its four-cylinder two-stroke heart will crank out 160bhp at 11,500rpm, with MotoGP-spec Brembo disc brakes fitted to ensure you ride faster and brake deeper into corners.
2.Aprilia RSV4 RF
Derived from the same DNA as its WSBK cousin RSV4, the Aprilia RSV4 RF is a road-legal version of the bike that made Max Biaggi Superbike World Champion in 2010. The updated 2017 bike now comes with a full Ohlins suspension system that makes it a one second faster around the track compared to the 2016 version.
The RSV4 RF is the most badass Aprilia you can buy with a standard license. While it has 50bhp fewer than the RSV4FW (Factory Work) model, it’s completely street legal unlike the FW, which is a track-only bike reserved for WSBK and other racing series. Hence, if you don’t have a crew or your own a race track, the RF should be your weapon of choice. But don’t be disappointed, at 201bhp the RF is no slouch, and priced at $22,000 it’s also one of the cheapest from our pick.
3. Yamaha YZF-R1 M
The Yamaha YZF-R1M is the closest you can get to being nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi. Based on Yamaha’s YZF M1 MotoGP bike, the YZF-R1M comes with all the bells and whistles that you can expect from a flagship motorcycle from one of the most successful teams in the MotoGP history.
Among a ton of special features, this 998cc beast comes with a Communication Control Unit (CCU) that logs every single detail of the machine whilst on track. The data can then be downloaded via an Andriod or iOS app for later analysis – a feature rarely seen outside of the MotoGP paddock. The bike also features an aluminium frame, magnesium wheels, titanium exhaust; and Valentino Rossi himself was one of the test riders whose direct input influenced the electronics capability of the bike.