With 130 hp on tap and a curb weight of a bit over 500 lbs, the first generation FZR1000 was capable of a 155 mph top speed. Interestingly, this same five-valve engine architecture would become the basis of Yamaha’s V8 Formula One car for the 1989 series. The FZR1000’s engine was also later utilized by Bimota in the YB10. Though the company came out swinging with the first generation, Yamaha heavily revamped the model in ’89 with what was almost an entirely new design, sharing only a small number of elements with the outgoing version.
Huge changes came in 1989 – a displacement bump, Deltabox II chassis, and the EXUP valve, all of which bumped power to 145 hp/80 lb-ft, enough for a 2.9 second 0-60 mph time and a 170 mph top speed. Cycle World called it the “Bike of the Decade”! Two years later in ’91, Yamaha again updated the EXUP Fizzer, adding new projector headlights and a redesigned nose, a modified ram-air setup, inverted forks, and shaving a huge amount of weight off the bike.
The seller of this example (VIN: JYA3LKN03MA017119) recently acquired it from a friend who brought it back to life out of long-term storage, however he states that he has “11 bikes and this does not really fit in my collection.” He is the fourth owner and notes that one of the previous owners had the machine for over twenty years.
The odometer shows 3,906 kilometers (2,427 miles).
This example stands out as it has all the original bodywork and there are no blemishes at all. It’s “never been dropped or rained on.”
“The only things to tell it from being new are the sprocket and upper triple anodizing showing very minor age.”
The seller states that it was “gone though mechanically and runs flawlessly.” The work included new fork seals, a new battery, and new tires.
The seller sums up his bike by noting that it “will need nothing and would fit in with the best of collections.” Got any FZR stories or questions? Let us know in the comments below!
Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for $660 in the Continental US, and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.