Yamaha FZR750R OW01
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