Yamaha FZX750

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Special Build of the Year 2018 -

1986-1988 749cc liq­uid-cooled, dohc, 20v in­line-four, 94bhp, 204kg

What is it? Fac­tory hot-rod pow­ered by Yam’s epic 20-valve in­line-four; if the V-max and FZ750 got it to­gether, this would be the re­sult.

Why so odd? Like corn-dogs, waxy choco­late and reimag­ined his­tor­i­cal events, the FZX Fazer was aimed squarely at the Amer­i­can mar­ket. Lazy raked-out steer­ing, ni­tro­gen sealed-cell twin shocks, awk­ward blocky styling, and bizarre 16/15-inch wheels were never go­ing to have Euro­peans reach­ing for their wal­lets.

Why you want one: The Fz-de­rived mo­tor is an ab­so­lute peach. Flex­i­ble, pow­er­ful and will­ing to launch a ti­dal wave of torque in any gear and any revs, it suits the FZX’S street rod in­ten­tions to a tee. Launch this thing away from the lights and lit­tle else will keep up. Just don’t ex­pect to whip around the fast ap­proach­ing cor­ner with any ease.

Val­ues: £500-£2500

Aimed squarely at the USA, yet still wil­fully weird

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