The RZV500R was Yamaha’s MotoGP replica of the day, so when the seller of a fine example let us take his bike out for a spin before we auctioned it off, we thought it’d be nice to ride one alongside Yamaha’s current GP replica – the 2020 R1M!

Yamaha was kind enough to lend us one of the new ones, so we took both bikes up to Angeles National Forest for a morning: