All the online votes are in and counted and now Classic Bikers Club is pleased to announce its Bike Of The Year 2012 overall winner at the 19th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show...
Winner of the Classic Bikers Club Bike Of The Year 2012 is Malcolm Nettleship's 1969 Yamaha YAS1, which was the best in show from the Newark event held last January.
Sixty-one year old Mr Nettleship is a university technician and he purchased the 1969 Yamaha YAS1 from an auction in 2005. It was, in his words, a "basketcase". After an uphill struggle to find replacement parts and countless hours of replating, rechroming, repainting and refurbishing, the bike was successfully restored by 2008. Mr Nettleship worked tirelessly to retain as many of the original parts as possible - it even retains the original registration number.
Hardest parts to source were silencers, which still needed repairing, and mudguards. Again, they weren’t perfect, but were a basis to create something usable. The originals had corroded beyond repair. The only non-standard part on the bike is electronic ignition made by Newtronics.
Mr Nettleship said: " They are the bikes of my youth that I could only dream of owning as a teenager. Now I'm older I can finally live that dream."
Malcolm was handed the £1000 goodies voucher from online retailer Grands Prix Legends and the *bespoke Fireblade component trophy by Stafford Master of Cermonies Dave Craggs.
The voting was very close, indicating just how special all of these bikes are - different eras and restorations but all unique rebuilds and a credit to their owners.
The YAS1 was imported into the UK from late 1968 with only minor changes until its demise in 1971. It was very high tech for the 60s. The top speed was claimed to be 80mph.
* The prestigious CBC Bike Of The Year 2012 trophy consisted of a piston, con rod and valves from the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade raced to victory by John McGuinness in this year's Isle of Man Dainese Superbike TT. McGuinness's victory on June 2 was his 18th TT win and he managed it at an average speed of 128.078mph. The trophy's high performance components were removed from the machine after the race and brought together into a single piece in-house by Honda Racing based at Louth, Lincolnshire. It is a true part of motorcycle racing history that money cannot buy.