FLEDG­LING YEARS-1985

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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

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