Post Sale Update: This Fizzer sold for a reduced BIN of $4,000.
We continue with what’s become a Yamaha sportbike week with the Yamaha FZR1000 – predecessor to the now-ubiquitous Yamaha R1. The Fizzer was an instant classic when it was introduced in 1987. Just two years later, Cycle World named it the “Bike of the Decade”, thanks in part to a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of nearly 170 mph! This was the top speed champion of the motorcycle world until the Hayabusa was introduced.
Yamaha fans will know of “EXUP”, which was introduced with the ’89 model of the FZR1K. An acronym for Exhaust Ultimate Power Valve, this system was an electronically-controlled valve in the exhaust which allowed for high lift cams and a seamless powerband from low revs all the way to the 11.5k redline. This ’94 model was the beneficiary of a few generations of tweaks, particularly USD forks, upgraded brakes, and the ‘fox-eye’ headlights. By 1994, the Yamaha FZR1000 was pushing 145 horsepower, but by then the bike was based on nearly 10 year old technology, and it was simply outclassed by bikes like the 1st gen Honda Fireblade. Yamaha’s big displacement sport bikes were nearly made obsolete until the legendary R1 was introduced in 1998.
This specific Yamaha FZR1000 (VIN: JYA3LKE02RA026319) looks incredible, not just in terms of condition but how absolutely “90’s” it looks with that crazy paint job. The owner claims it has never seen rain. We love that it comes with the factory cover, but you also get extra 6 piston calipers, a new shift kit in box, “true” HID lights, and all the manuals and paperwork from the day it was new. The seller doesn’t mention it, but we suspect the windscreen is aftermarket – plus there’s clearly a V&H exhaust pipe. The only cosmetic flaw is a slight scratch on a decal that the seller highlights with a photo. We imagine this bike is going to give the eventual buyer a huge pang of nostalgia.
Find this Yamaha FZR1000 for sale here on eBay with a BIN price of $4,500 in Noblesville, Indiana.