Stuart Cooper passes another rider en route to winning the very first road race at the then newly completed Gateway International Raceway. It was a special 100 K race held on the track, parts of which were still under construction. Unfortunately I believe this is the only photo I have of Cooper’s very special Yamaha. Believe it or not this is a Yamaha Vision. You remember the mild-mannered little 550cc liquid-cooled v-twin sport touring bike Yamaha made in the early ‘80s. I can assure you Cooper’s Vision was anything but mild mannered and by the time the builder was done with it, very little of the original Vision was recognizable. It was one very fast motorcycle. I remember it blowing by this first generation Suzuki GS Superbike like it was anchored to the track. Cooper blew everyone away at Gateway that day. He actually scored a few podiums in AMA Battle of the Twins on the bike and in March of 1984 he went down to Daytona and simply dominated the CCS Bike Week races, winning every class he entered on the Vision. If anyone knows anything else about this special machine, or has more detailed photos I’d love to see them. I wonder if it still exists today?