It wasn’t until 1987 that Yamaha ventured into the Superbike class. Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki had all entered the Superbike arena with their GS X-R750, VF1000R and GPz1100 respectively. However, Yamaha’s entry into the big bike arena was worth the wait.

Yamaha referred to the FZR 1000 as the “ultimate road machine” which many people considered to be the usual marketing hype with a lot of style but perhaps a lack of substance.

This proved not to be the case. It seems that what Yamaha had done, rather cleverly, was to take a keen interest in the innovation and developments of other motorcycle manufacturers as they attempted to climb the Superbike mountain, and then take all the best bits and mix them into one new bike.

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