Classic Scrap – 1991 Yamaha FZR1000R EXUP Vs Suzuki GSX-R1100 – 1991 Used…

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Yamaha FZR 1000 R Exup

Classic Scrap – 1991 Yamaha FZR1000R EXUP Vs Suzuki GSX-R1100 – 1991 Used test – 4

The ride itself is on the soft side, and takes a firm hand which I think suits the bike. having a huge but relaxed power delivery combined with a world-class 5-speed gearbox is a nice set-up. This is a dual-purpose superbike. Throw in the long luxury seat, half-sensible riding position, flat metal tank and low-slung cans for luggage fitment, and you have genuine high-speed holiday transport.

If that’s not your bag, remove the most obvious perishables, tweak the suspension, invest in rubber and you have a very grunty (and classic) track tool. This is without doubt, one of the most versatile sports bikes of the modern era. And they were incredibly easy to tune.

Not that this bike had been meddled with – which is what made it such a joy to ride.

Not only can you make the Suzuki fly, it was and still is very competent in the braking department. It was often (if not always) the case that the front lever was half way to the ‘bar before anything started to happen, but the initial bite is strong and the braking performance solid with a nice feel at the lever.

Yamaha FZR 1000 R Exup
Yamaha FZR 1000 R Exup

The 1100s were rather top heavy and cumbersome at low speeds, particularly with a full fuel tank. It’s nothing drastic but another reason to restrict the beast to the more experienced rider. It’s all forgotten once on the move though, and the excellent, if buzzy engine becomes the focus of attention once more. It really is one of the most incredibly flexible, and ferociously fast old school engines ever to leave Japan.


I’d love to put this on a drag strip next to a 2008 GSX-R1000 and see the results. I’d be inclined to toss a coin over the nought to sixty (if pushed I’d favour the 1100), and maybe put a fiver on the 1000 for the quarter mile but there again, you’d need a perfect launch with both wheels firmly on the deck to see off the 1100. It’s still blisteringly quick.

Despite an almost identical wheelbase, the FZR manages to look and feel longer than the GSX-R. In standard form, it’s a slower turner than the Suzuki but more stable in all cornering situations. These two monsters have quite a lot in common similar peak power and torque figures,11,500rpm redlines, 5-speed ‘boxes, new fangled upside-down forks etc, but the experiences are very different.

Admittedly I’m riding an exceptional example with very few miles that is indistinguishable from brand new but the difference in sophistication is quite startling.

Yamaha FZR 1000 R Exup
Yamaha FZR 1000 R Exup
Yamaha FZR 1000 R Exup
Yamaha FZR 1000 R Exup
Yamaha FZR 1000 R Exup
Yamaha FZR 1000 R Exup

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