YAMAHA FZR1000 (1991 - 1994) Review
At a glance
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The FZR has a stack of personality that is often lacking in modern sportsbikes. Get a good one and have it set up by a professional and you will be surprised just how flexible and fun this old litre bike is. It’s rewarding to ride, handles well enough to be enjoyed in the bends and, most importantly, delivers a taste of 1991.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
With fairly lazy (by modern standards) geometry and a long wheelbase, the FZR tends to roll into bends rather than drop on its side like a modern sportsbike. It needs a hefty old pull on the bars to get it to comply and the brakes are certainly starting to show their age, producing limited power and not much feel.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Compared to Yamaha’s latest litre bike, the YZF-R1, the FZR makes a slightly paltry 145bhp. But the four 38mm Mikuni carbs deliver glitch-free fuelling while the inline four motor is both flexible and friendly with a good stack of midrange. On the road, it has more than enough power to amuse but the gearbox is a bit clunky.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The FZR’s motor is far from stressed, so isn’t that likely to be unreliable. However you are talking a bike that is now entering its 27th year on the road, so items such as the electrics, bearings, suspension and exhaust system may well be requiring updating or refreshing.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Back in the day an FZR would cost you £6794, which is roughly £14,334 nowadays when you take into account inflation. On MCN Bikes for Sale you can buy a used FZR for in the region of £4000, which isn’t bad value for a cool litre bike with a bit of history behind it.
The FZR was built in the 1990s, well before ABS, traction control or even the widespread use of digital clocks. Instead you get a lovely big analogue rev counter and separate speedo as well as a temperature gauge. There is a fuel switch to turn the petrol’s flow on and off and an EXUP valve…
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 20v, inline four|
|Fuel capacity||19 litres|
|Front suspension||43mm, inverted forks adjustable for preload|
|Rear suspension||Single rear shock, adjustable preload and rebound|
|Front brake||2 x 320mm discs with four-piston calipers|
|Rear brake||267mm single disc with single-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||130/60 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||170/60 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||145 bhp|
|Max torque||79 ft-lb|
|Top speed||145 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
1987: The FZR1000 Genesis is launched
1989: The FZR1000 EXUP replaces the Genesis and is a 90% new bike with an EXUP valve and Deltabox frame
1991: The FZR1000RU arrives with inverted forks and a projector headlight
1994: The FZR1000 gains a ‘foxeye’ headlight and 6-piston front calipers
1996: The Thunderace replaces the FZR in Yamaha’s model range
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