A Pristine Homologation Particular Straight out of 1989…
In 1987-88, Yamaha’s YZF750 Genesis manufacturing unit racer boasted successive wins within the extremely aggressive Suzuka 8-Hours endurance races. Learnings from the YZF could be immediately integrated into the event of Yamaha’s new World Superbike racer, the FZ750R, which featured an all-new aluminum “Deltabox” body, 5-valve DOHC inline 4 with titanium connecting rods, 6-speed close-ratio gearbox, and Öhlins suspension.
The 1989 Yamaha FZ750R was constructed to compete towards restricted editions such because the Honda RC30 and Bimota YB4. In fact, so as to marketing campaign a motorbike in World Superbike, a producer has to supply a minimal quantity of its superbike contender for public consumption. This ends in “homologation specials” just like the one you see right here — a race bike thinly disguised for avenue use.
“Yamaha’s FZ750R, codenamed OW01, actually is a race bike for the street, not a street bike taken racing. Solely 500 had been constructed…” –Efficiency Bikes, 2005.
Solely 140 examples of the FZR-R had been imported to Britain, from which the one you see right here hails. For the price of a small home, the 1989 purchaser obtained a motorbike in contrast to the rest on the street.
The 20-valve 749cc liquid-cooled oversquare short-stroke four-cylinder was good for 121 hp, and the 43mm Showa fork and Öhlins rear shock had been adjustable for experience peak, spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment.
Magnesium Nissin four-pot brake calipers clamped FZR1000-size 320mm entrance discs, with 17-inch wheels at each ends.
The engine breathed by way of a quartet of downdraft Mikuni BDST 38mm carbs and a chrome steel 4-into-1 exhaust system.
“The OW01 had Yamaha’s EXUP valve to optimize backpressure and total horsepower. It labored by what’s now a primitive microcomputer driving a servomotor within the exhaust collector field. The outcome was the valve would alternate the backpressure relying on what revs the engine was utilizing.” –Cycle Information
The OW01 ran the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 130.81 MPH and topped at round 160 miles per hour — dizzying figures for 1989. Simply take away the license plate, indicators, mirrors, and aspect stand, and the FZR-R was able to race.
Although it wasn’t bought Stateside, a couple of examples managed to search out their strategy to our shores:
“The OW01 was by no means bought as a avenue bike within the U.S., however when the AMA altered the foundations to permit as few as 15 examples bought to homologate a mannequin, Yamaha USA bought them on to licensed racers and groups, regardless of the bikes being fitted with headlamps and a full set of gauges.” –Iconic Motorbikes
So how did the FZR-R fare in world competitors? Although it was up towards the long-lasting Honda RC30, the Yamaha held its personal in Europe and past.
“Within the World Superbike Championship, the OW01 received races in its first season courtesy of Fabrizio Pirovano and Britain’s Terry Rymer, and continued to be aggressive at world stage for the subsequent couple of years. On the UK home scene, the ‘OW’ fared even higher, Rymer ending runner-up to Trevor Nation’s Norton Rotary within the ’89 British Championship earlier than taking the title the next yr for Loctite Yamaha.” –Bonhams
The near-perfect instance you see right here has simply 844 kilometers! It comes from a collector in the UK and was photographed by our pal Roberto Garagarza (@roga______), who shot the 2023 Bike Shed Present for us and people beautiful images from the 2023 Normandy Seashore Race. An enormous because of Roberto for bringing us this unobtainium avenue racer straight out of 1989!
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