1993-1998 YAMAHA YZF750R
749cc liquid-cooled, dohc, 20v inline-four, 196kg, 125bhp, 160mph
What is it? The YZF could have been the best bike of the early 1990s had the Fireblade not popped up a year earlier and spoilt the party. A more civilised evolution of the gloriously brutal OW01, yet still a highly effective tool. Why you want one? If you need to ask you haven’t ridden one. The EXUP assisted 20v motor is as flexible as it is eager, and a quite remarkable device compared to the competition of the time. Immense in standard trim, even more so as a Suzuka TT-F1 replica. The SP model is rare and not that much different to the R to justify considerably higher asking prices. What if I can’t find one? You’re not looking hard enough. There are always at least half a dozen YZFS on ebay. Prices are rising gently, but bagging a tidy 750R for £2K is still very do-able. What to look for? Seized six-pot calipers, seized EXUP valves, a thirst for lube (it is a Yamaha…), rotten tanks, imports – if it’s German or French it could be restricted.
What we found 1998 Yamaha YZF750R, 12,700 miles, HPI clear, standard, good presentable condition, £1995 We say: Best of the later colours, all standard (good), low miles too, tidy for 20-year-old bike. At £1995 – we reckon there’s room to move too.