Yamaha FZR 1000 EXUP

The first time I sat astride a Yamaha FZR 1000 EXUP, It felt Huge, Long, ungainly, hard to manoeuvre and heavy. I walked away. 3 days later, I went back to buy it. The stories that follow will explain that change of heart, and hopefully give you an insight into my love affair with this monster of a bike.

Yamaha FZR 1000 Exup

Bike Of The Decade

It was voted best bike of the 80’s on 3 continents it was so good and it really was the first Hyper Sports bike, ushering in true race performance for road bikes. Despite many efforts, for the next 25 years, the chassis stayed predominantly unchanged through all the massive power increases. It was THAT good.

Yamaha FZR 1000
My 1989 Yamaha FZR 1000 Exup

Owning Yamaha FZR 1000’s Is Addictive

I now have 2 of these amazing motorcycles. The second is a naked powerbike. It’s engine has YZF 750 cams and cylinder head and the frame is polished. It also has a two brothers racing exhaust system. An R6 Swingarm and the later Yamaha FZR 1000 RU upside down forks finish it off nicely and it is one of my favourite bikes ever.

Yamaha FZR 1000 Exup Vs Triumph Daytona 955i
Yamaha FZR 1000 Exup Vs Triumph Daytona 955i

Both of these bikes are fantastic around Cadwell Park which is a tight technical circuit. I have spent many laps enjoying passing many newer bikes with ease. The handling is neutral with great feel and the power delivery is totally addictive. I did put them on the road at one point but realised very quickly I was going to loose my licence. So they have been kept for track use along with the Laverda.

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