Suzuki GSX-R750 v Yamaha FZ750 100bhp and 176kg v 105bhp and 209kg
In 1985 the GSX-R750 burst onto the scene with a stack of attention-grabbing technology that saw it overshadow its main rival, the also-new Yamaha FZ750 (pictured, top right). The Suzuki’s aluminium frame made the Yamaha’s steel one seem obsolete, its claimed dry weight of 176kg knocked the FZ’S (more realistic) 209kg out of the water and the GSX-R’S full fairing made it look futuristic.
Yamaha’s engine was water-cooled rather than air-cooled and featured a clever five-valve head design that gave the FZ more mid-range and peak power than the air/oil-cooled Suzuki, not to mention the fact it was angled further forward for better weight distribution and arguably superior handling. But style sells and the GSX-R defeated the FZ750 in the showrooms because it looked like the future, even if its technology wasn’t quite up to speed. Pub ammo: The GSX-R and FZ took their first WSB wins in 1988 at the same round. Gary Goodfellow won race one in Japan on a GSX-R while Mick Doohan (yes, really) took race two on an FZ750R.
Result: Victory to the GSX-R