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Yamaha FZR400 EXUP (1988-1994)



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Engine size 399 cc
Power 64 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Yamaha FZR400 was always over-shadowed by the class-leading Hondas, both the CBR and V4 NC30 and NC35s, and, on track, was a little behind Kawasaki’s ZXR400 for sheer speed. However, the rev-happy Yamaha FZR400RR attracted the hooligans by the bucket load, drawn to the high-revving engine, sharp handling and high corner speed. And, as it was also always considerably cheaper than the competition, it meant that many ended up on track as race bikes or fun track day machines.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Yamaha FZR400’s liquid-cooled, four-cylinder, 16v DOHC engine revs to an impressive 14,000rpm, but like most other four cylinder 400s nothing really happens below 5000rpm. In terms of outright performance, the Yamaha’s back wheel 64bhp was slightly down compared to the competition, but on a positive note it did make the FZR usable. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The reason why so many Yamaha FZR400’s ended up on track was due to the excellent handling and ease of use. There’s no ‘getting-to-know-you’ period, you can just jump on and attack any section of road. It’s lightweight, flickable, will carry huge lean angles and you don’t need to be an expert to have fun – the FZR400 really flatters its rider.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha FZR400’s huge and distinctive aluminium Deltabox frame was considered advanced at the time, and its motor is impressive. if relatively basic. If you want a higher spec FZR400 opt for the limited edition, RR-SP, which is mouth-watering and very trick like all the Yamaha SP range. Compare and buy parts for the Yamaha FZR400 in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

This is where the Yamaha FZR400 lacks slightly. Early examples soon aged after a few British winters with some winter salt thrown in for good measure. While clutches didn’t like the huge amount of abuse they received. Tuned engines were fragile if not done by experts and serviced regularly. On early models brakes needed servicing as often as possible.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha FZR400 is not as mouth-watering as Honda’s RVF400 nor or as quick as Kawasaki’s ZXR, and there are a few quality and reliability issues. However, this tends to keep prices lower than the competition which means if you shop wisely and find a minter you’ll get yourself a top-handling bargain. Find a Yamaha FZR400 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

1988: Yamaha FZR400 EXUP launched
1989: Yamaha FZR400RR EXUP launched
1990: Yamaha FZR400RR-SP EXUP launched
1994: models deleted.

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 64 bhp
Max torque 31 ft-lb
Weight 160 kg
Seat height 785 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 399 cc
Engine specification Liquid cooled transverse four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium Deltabox
Front suspension adjustment 43mm telescopic forks, preload only adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Monoshock rear, fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 298mm discs with four-piston calipers
Rear brake 210mm disc, twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

  • Awesome

    Joshua Cherry

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Owned the bike for a little over a year now (been holding out before i posted on this). Handling obviously is amazing, runs rings around the big boys and the engine is enough to keep you entertained (though admittedly a 600 block would be nicer). Quality isnt bad, hard to trace parts though. All repairs on my bike have been inflicted by its owners so it cant be that bad... Value is the strongest point, picked mine up for less than a grand and its a hell of a lot of bike for this, just be prepared to pay a little for the odd spare part here and there.. especially if it hasnt had a 520 chain conversion !!

    30 July 2012

  • fzr400rr exup 1989

    Graham Hanmer

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike among all the 400 sports bike range has got to be one of the best. dispite its old looks and square back end it goes and handles like a demon! the engine is very reliable exept some of them have weak gear boxes and also MOST of them have rattly EXUP valves... they are a bugger to start when you leave them standing.

    18 May 2010

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