Click here for an VINData Motorcycle History Report on this 1989 Yamaha FZR400RR. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
At a time when Japanese manufacturers were getting increasingly aggressive and race-oriented with their 400s to compete in their domestic Formula 3 championship, Yamaha introduced the FZR400 in 1986 as a bike to be enjoyed “on twisty public roads where the customers would actually be riding and enjoying them.” For more on the FZR400, check out this excellent profile on Yamaha’s site where they talk about the challenges of it being the first motorcycle to use “full-fledged radial tires” and how they fought the urge to implement quick steering like their competition to create something that consumers would enjoy more on the street.
But Yamaha did not stop there – in 1989 they debuted an up-spec model called the FZR400RR, but they did not offer it in America. Claimed hp was 60 out of the 399cc horsepower, enough for a top speed of 122 miles per hour.
The seller states, “The motor was rebuilt by 2 Wheel Dyno Works in Kirkland, Washington. Since then, it’s been ridden approximately 200 miles. Invoice for rebuild available. Front brake master cylinder was also rebuilt at same time. A front fender is included to replace the broken one, it will need paint to match.”
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the steering head bearings and rebuild the front calipers. Our service department also gave the bike a safety inspection. Their condition report is as follows:
Gas Tank Internal: Light Rust
Tire Year Front: 4020 / Rear: 1920
Tire Life Front; 90% / Rear: 90%
Tire Press Front: 30PSI / Rear: 32PSI
Brake Life Front: 90% / Rear: 90%
Hydraulic Brake Fluid Front: Ok Rear: Ok
Oil Quality: Ok Level: Ok
Coolant Quality: Ok Level: Ok
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Drive Chain Condition: Ok
Battery: 12.V Standing 12.7 Charging
• Signs of corrosion on front brake reservoir
• Fairings have some cracks and damage
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California, (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean Washington title. Please note that as an import, this bike lacks certain compliance and emissions stickers that the state of California would require to transfer a title. Have any FZR400RR stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!