There’s another addition to the every-growing list of added content for Milestone’s motorcycle game, with the RIDE 4 Best Vintage 80’s – 90’s DLC Pack out now.
And it brings some interesting choices, both in the bike selection, and the use of apostrophes in the title. But while we can forgive the possessive 80’s – 90’s, it’s less understandable why the name of the first classic Kawasaki in the collection is slightly wrong.
But on the bright side, you do get five motorcycles which were undeniably important or have become exremtly desirable from the 1980s and 1990s. Plus 10 extra events in which to use them.
The 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R
First up in the Best Vintage pack is the 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R. And unfortunately, it’s also the first example of getting the name slightly wrong, as the model that year was the designated the Eddie Lawson replica (ELR) in honour of the back-to-back AMA Superbike titles won by the American. The actual production model was the KZ1000J, but the replica was produced in limited numbers by combining parts from the KZ range, and the upcoming new GPz1100.
A major giveaway is the green paintscheme, along with the Kerker exhaust. Earlier KZs were the bikes used in the TV series CHiPS, and many also appeared in the first Mad Max film.
The 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R – Racing Modified
Ride 4 also gives you the chance to ride a racing modified version of the 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R. Interestingly at the time, a special race model was actually produced as the Kawasaki KZ1000R-S1, of which just 30 were ever made.
And as they would now sell for six figure sums, the RIDE 4 version is probably the closest we’ll get to riding one of them.
The 1989 Kawasaki GPZ 900R Ninja
Do you need to know more than the fact the GPZ 900R Ninja was the bike ridden by Tom Cruise in Top Gun? Launched in 1984, the 115bhp 908cc bike was the immediate predecessor of the modern sports machines, capable of taking a win at the 1983 Isle of Man Production TT or being smooth and rideable around town..
The 1993 Ducati Monster 900
Known as the motorcycle which saved the Italian manufacturer. The Monster range was cheap to develop, designed to be affordable, and became hugely popular. The M900 was the largest of the V-twin motorcycles during the 1990s, and the range has constantly evolved and expanded since the launch in 1993, through to the current day. But this was the model that started it all, designed by Miguel Angel Galluzzi, and pretty much creating the trend for naked bikes.
The 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 – Racing Modified
Towards the end of a decade dominated by sportsbikes, the R1 arrived in 1998 with a more compact engine and stacked gearbox which allowed for a shorter wheelbase and lower centre of gravity. Which meant agile handling, along with a new rival to the Honda FireBlade. And the lack of technology at the time also meant it was prone to wheelies and some neverousness on the road, but worked brilliantly on a smooth racetrack. As the Racing Modified R1 should prove.
The RIDE 4 Best Vintage 80’s – 90’s DLC Pack would always cause some debate amongst any motorcyclist with fond memories of those two decades. There are a number of other bikes which could reasonably have been included, but it’s a pretty good selection.
You can get the RIDE 4 Best Vintage 80’s – 90’s DLC Pack now for around £3.99 on all platforms, including Steam for the PC, the Microsoft Store for the Xbox consoles, and the PlayStation Store for the PS4 and PS5.
Keep up with all the latest RIDE 4 content, updates and news, here. Or every bike in the standard game and DLC in our full RIDE 4 motorcycles list. Along with every circuit in our RIDE 4 track list. You can buy RIDE 4 as a digital download for the PC on Steam, the Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S on the Microsoft Store, or the PS4 / PS5 on the PlayStation Store. Or as a physical edition from Game or Amazon.