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By Royal appointment – the bikes of choice for Princes William and Harry

Published: 26 February 2008

Princes William and Harry were planning to ride through Africa but have been told it’s too dangerous, according to royal sources.

So what bikes have inspired such a passion for motorcycling in the young royals? MCN takes a look at the princes’ weapons of choice…

Yamaha XT600
William revealed he had a Yamaha XT600 when he went public on his passion for bikes in June 2003. “You might as well live if you’re going to live,” he said.

Triumph Daytona 600
William celebrated his 21st birthday in July 2003 by spending £7000 of his own cash on a Triumph Daytona 600. Both princes were then seen riding Daytona 600s during private track sessions at Goodwood in Hampshire.

Honda Super Blackbird
In 2006 William got a 175mph Blackbird.

Yamaha R1
A week after MCN revealed William’s new Blackbird, in June 2006, the prince was spotted by a reader at a petrol station getting on a Yamaha R1. The prince’s bodyguard was riding the Blackbird instead. William told reader Ian Fitzsimons he thought the Yamaha was “excellent”.

Yamaha DT125
Harry said in 2005 he loved to “bomb around fields” on his 125 Yamaha. William has also been photographed on a DT.
Harry is likely to have ridden off-road as an officer in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, which trains on motorcycles for reconnaissance missions.  


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