The torquey, carbureted FJ power delivery, however, will quickly take you back to the ’80s. A long-pull throttle pairs perfectly with the flat-slide Mikunis, helping with precision and smooth power delivery. But that’s if you keep the feeling in your hands after six laps of utter vibration. Brakes are also a throwback, with a major handful at the front lever not resulting in expected slowing on the XR or other bikes in the class. All you have to see to truly understand the challenge is to observe—with startling regularity—riders sailing beyond apexes in Phillip Island’s second-gear Honda and MG corners, into the weeds. And despite the great feeling tipping in to the corner and at max lean, there is a tankish-feel from these 420-pounders that is vastly different from a modern superbike’s. The fast, side-to-side transitions at Phillip Island are strenuous on the XR. Ask about arm-pump and the blisters on my hands.