Additional photos of this Yamaha FZR750RT are available here for your perusal.
To homologate the FZR for AMA Superbike racing, Yamaha was obligated to produced 200 examples of their 750cc sportbike in 1987 – so that’s all they built. At the time, the FZR750 sold for $4,599. But the homologation RT version, as shown here, would set you back $8,999. The hefty price and the exclusivity weren’t the only things that limited the market on this bike – Yamaha would only sell you one if you had a AMA or WERA license!
Eddie Lawson won the 1986 Daytona 200 on a Yamaha FZ750, which had a steel frame. For the RT, Yamaha stepped things up with an upgraded 5-valve, Genesis head 749cc FZ750 motor stuffed into the aluminum Deltabox frame that debuted on the FZR1000. The big brother FZR1000 had a 5-speed transmission, but Yamaha blessed the RT with six cogs in the gearbox as well as adjustable suspension (preload and rebound, both front and rear).
Many of the bikes went straight from the dealership to the racetrack, but this example (VIN: JYA2TT002HA000214), Engine Number: 2TT-00214) has only been on display and has never been started.
It comes to us out of the Musee L’Epopee de la Moto Collection in Quebec, Canada.
It’s in impressive cosmetic condition for being 33 years old – the one significant blemish is a scratch on the end of the exhaust.
If you’d like to ride this bike, you’ll need to get new tires in addition to the standard recomissioning – our White Glove service would be glad to help you get this back on the road or track!
This is an impressive example of a rare moment in Yamaha’s history, and it’s following the OW-01 in value as collectors realize how hard it is to find one – especially in this condition.