1991 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

SOLD FOR: $34,240

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

This auction has ended.

Description

Additional photos of this Yamaha FZR750R OW01 are available here for your perusal.

The increasing popularity of the World Superbike Championship since its inception in 1988 has been responsible for the introduction of over-the-counter road bikes boasting specifications aimed squarely at the racetrack. The most famous of these limited edition ‘homologation specials’ is Honda’s iconic RC30, but Yamaha’s answer, the 1989 FZR750R, better known as the OW01, is even rarer and more exotic with only 500 built.

Although it was a street-legal machine, the OW01 had a spec sheet that was all about racing. And at $16,000 plus a few thousand more for the race kit, the OW01 was easily one of the most expensive bikes on the market in 1989. Yamaha crafted the OW01’s aluminum frame from a higher-quality aluminum alloy than its regular offerings. Emphasizing lightweight, the engineers went so far as to use an aluminum fuel tank in place of steel.

With a Showa fork at the front and an adjustable Öhlins shock at the rear, it was fit for sharp handling. With a small, thinly padded, foam seat, high-up rear sets and low, clip-on handlebars, it was not built for comfort.

At the center of the FZR750R resided an all-new, extremely over square four-cylinder engine with a 72-mm bore, a 46-mm stroke and five valves per cylinder–a development pioneered by Yamaha some years earlier for high-RPM power. Titanium connecting rods were attached to pistons that used just two rings each for low-friction operation.

Fueled by a quartet of Mikuni flatside downdraft carburetors, the OW01 made 121 horsepower, a big number for a 750-class machine in 1989. The engine had an almost two-stroke-like “light-switch” power band that came on hard above 9,000 RPM and pulled to a sky-high 14,000 RPM redline. Yamaha also fitted the OW01 with a close-ratio six-speed transmission that allowed the rider to always keep the engine in the power band pushing around 445 lbs dry weight. A factory race kit (for several thousand dollars more) included upgraded pistons, camshafts, a race-only ECU and a full race exhaust. The published OW-01 quarter mile was 11.20 seconds at 130.81 MPH, with the bike topping out at approximately 160 miles per hour.

The OW01 was never sold as a street bike in the U.S., but when the AMA altered the rules to allow as few as 15 examples sold to homologate a model, Yamaha USA sold them directly to licensed racers and teams, despite the bikes being fitted with headlamps and a full set of gauges. Worldwide, some OW-01s had smooth headlights and taillights, while others had sunken-in headlights and taillights that stuck out.

This example is VIN: 3SJ001160, Engine #: 3SJ-001160.


The odometer shows 21,290 kilometers (13,228 miles).

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us install a new battery, remove an accessory petcock, replace the corresponding fuel line, disassemble, grease, and re-install the gas cap, clean/sync the carbs, and give it a detail. Steve did the work, he notes that the brakes are at 90% front and rear.

Modifications:
This motorcycle appears to be completely stock.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:






Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Pirelli Diablo tires with date codes of 0420 and XXXX.

The sale includes one key, owner’s manual, receipts, and misc. paperwork.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean Oregon title. Have any OW01 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1991

Make

Yamaha

Model

FZR750R OW01

Mileage

13,228

VIN

3SJ001160

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

Oregon

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 39

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: chonies

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $34,240 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
chonies June 10, 2022 6:59 am $31,100
ANGELO PREKETES June 10, 2022 6:59 am $31,000 Auto
ANGELO PREKETES June 10, 2022 6:58 am $30,100
chonies June 10, 2022 6:58 am $30,000 Auto
chonies June 10, 2022 6:56 am $29,600
ANGELO PREKETES June 10, 2022 6:56 am $29,500 Auto
ANGELO PREKETES June 10, 2022 6:55 am $28,100
chonies June 10, 2022 6:55 am $28,000 Auto
chonies June 10, 2022 6:54 am $27,600 Auto
ANGELO PREKETES June 10, 2022 6:54 am $27,500
chonies June 10, 2022 6:54 am $26,100 Auto
ANGELO PREKETES June 10, 2022 6:54 am $26,000
chonies June 9, 2022 8:08 am $25,650
jwk851 June 9, 2022 8:08 am $25,550 Auto
jwk851 June 9, 2022 12:40 am $25,100
chonies June 9, 2022 12:40 am $25,000 Auto
chonies June 6, 2022 7:54 am $20,100 Auto
jwk851 June 6, 2022 7:54 am $20,000
chonies June 6, 2022 6:27 am $18,100 Auto
cjweiss22 June 6, 2022 6:27 am $18,000
chonies June 5, 2022 8:55 pm $17,200 Auto
jwk851 June 5, 2022 8:55 pm $17,100
chonies June 5, 2022 8:54 pm $16,700 Auto
jwk851 June 5, 2022 8:54 pm $16,600
chonies June 5, 2022 8:54 pm $16,300 Auto
jwk851 June 5, 2022 8:54 pm $16,200
chonies June 5, 2022 7:42 pm $15,100
jwk851 June 5, 2022 7:42 pm $15,000 Auto
jwk851 June 4, 2022 10:40 am $14,100 Auto
CoyoteMotorsports June 4, 2022 10:40 am $14,000
jwk851 June 4, 2022 9:20 am $13,100 Auto
Alf June 4, 2022 9:20 am $13,000
jwk851 June 4, 2022 7:59 am $12,100
CoyoteMotorsports June 4, 2022 7:59 am $12,000 Auto
CoyoteMotorsports June 4, 2022 6:13 am $10,100 Auto
dcwrx77 June 4, 2022 6:13 am $10,000
CoyoteMotorsports June 4, 2022 6:13 am $9,100 Auto
dcwrx77 June 4, 2022 6:13 am $9,000
CoyoteMotorsports June 3, 2022 10:12 pm $1,000
Auction started June 2, 2022 2:03 pm
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