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Yamaha D2-492-19-14
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Capacity : 1000
Model : FZR mk1 Genesis
Production : 1987 - 1988
Category : (R) Street Bike


1000 FZR I Genesis- 1987

Birth of a new generation

A frame that consisted of twin aluminum beams linking the steering head to the rear swing arm mounting, the intensive use of light alloy and a four-cylinder power unit with two overhead camshafts and 20 valves, such a high-tech specification would scarcely excite today's motorcyclists. But it was a tremendous sensation when it was featured on the Yamaha FZR 1000 at the Cologne Show at the end of 1986: no massproduction sports bike had boasted such an advanced specification previously.

Aggressive Super Sports

The arrival of such an aggressive super sports bike from Yamaha was even more surprising as up to then, the marque had seemed quite level headed in its model policy. However, that prudent nature would re-emerge in the subsequent career of the FZR, whose styling grew more restrained, unlike its rivals, which became more and more like racing bikes.

Competition Ancestry

From frame to brakes, the FZR's competition ancestry was reflected in every detail and it proved to be a remarkably balanced machine. Rigid but not skimpy, it was as much at home on the race circuit as on back routes or in city traffic. Precise and stable, its roadholding was the best on the market at that time. Nor was its sophisticated mechanism lacking in qualities, even in the French market model, which was legally restricted to an output of 100 hp.


Engine: 989cc (75x56mm) 45-degree inclined water-cooled transverse four-cylinder fourstroke

Power Rating: 135 hp @ 10,500 rpm

Valves: twin overhead camshafts, 20 valves (3 intake, 2 exhaust per cylinder)

Fuel System: four 37mm vertical carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed; chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swinging arm with single damper (rear)

Brakes: twin disk (front); disk (rear)

Wheels: radial tires: 1 1 inch (front); 18 inch (rear)

Weight: 450 lb

The dynamic fairing of the Genesis concealed a most exciting valve gear layout.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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