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Yamaha D2-492-05-11
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Capacity : 750
Model : FZR R - OW 01
Production : 1989 - 1991
Category : (R) Racing


FZR 750 R · 24 Hours of Le Mans -1991

A private victory

The 14th running of the Le Mans 24-hour motorcycle race was packed with suspense right up to the checkered flag, when a privately-entered Yamaha took victory from the works teams entered by the then world champions, Suzuki, and Kawasaki. It was a victory that rekindled interest in endurance racing.

Flawless Pit-Stops

Due in part to the regular times turned in by its riders - Bruno Bonhuil, Rachel Nicotte and Philippe Monneret - the victory of Yves Kerlo's "Reflex" team was founded on impeccable organization involving months of practice aimed at shaving valuable seconds off each pit-stop.

Off-the-Rack Racer

Often known by its code name "OW 01", the Yamaha FZR 750 R is nothing more than an off-the-rack racer closely based on the production FZR model It is sold ready homologated as a street-legal machine with a separate kit of all the parts necessary to prepare it for the race track. It is this "sameas- you-can-buy" aspect of the privately entered bike that carried off this most prestigious world championship race that has excited the enthusiasts. At first glance the Le Mans-winning OW Ol looks much the same as a production FZR 1000: the principal differences lie in a more intensive use of ultra-light metals, a close-ratio transmission and a few small items of equipment.


Engine: water-cooled 749cc (72x46mm) 40- degree inclined four-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 150 hp@ 13,000 rpm

Valves: twin overhead camshafts, 5 valves per cylinder

Fuel System: 4 magnesium carburetors

Transmission: 6-speed

Suspension: telescopic fork (front); swinging arm monoshock (rear)

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

Wheels: alloy, Michelin radial tires

Weight: 404lb

Maximum Speed: 171 mph

The Yamaha "Free Bike" of the Reflex team had the 70, 000 spectators at the 1991 Le Mans 24-hour motorcycle race on the edge of their seats.


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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