Yamaha FZR750R OW01

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Spurred on by Bi­mota’s suc­cess with its al­loy-beam, Fz-pow­ered YB4, Yamaha’s OW01 had a new, lighter, alu­minium ver­sion de­vel­oped from the pre­ced­ing FZ750R racer, along­side top-notch Öh­lins sus­pen­sion and a sprin­kling of mag­ne­sium and ti­ta­nium.

The en­gine, al­though based on the FZ five-valver, was cre­ated purely for the track with just two rings, ti­ta­nium rods, close-ra­tio gear­box, flat-slide carbs and the heavy main­te­nance sched­ule that goes with it.

It was a rocket, too. De­spite the midrange-boost­ing EXUP, the OW01 was peaky, tak­ing off at 9000rpm to pro­duce a class-lead­ing 119bhp just shy of the 14k red­line. To­day, the OW01 re­mains a leg­end. It’s as ex­otic as pro­duc­tion Yama­has get…

‘The OWO1 is still a leg­end – as ex­otic as pro­duc­tion Yama­has get’

Not a lot now, but 119bhp was amaz­ing for the late 1980s

Far­brizio Pirovano ran Merkel close for the 1988 WSB ti­tle on an OWO1

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