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Sportbikes from the ’90s

Yamaha wanted a piece of the FireBlade when they came out with the first YZF-R1. And that’s exactly what they achieved in 1998, except the R1 had a lot more power to offer than the Honda. The 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 4XV model was an all-new design that looked superb and more importantly, had the handling to match. It wasn’t until the early noughties that it would face stiff competition and for many, it represents the ultimate carb fed litre sports bike.With its Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance race looks, and a chassis that boasted upside-down forks, six-pot brake calipers and a six-inch-wide rear wheel, the ZX-7R did little to hide its intentions. Truth is, it wasn’t the sharpest 750 of the era, but it was one of the best-looking bikes that Kawasaki made in that decade. The ZX-7R went on to be part of the Kawasaki range well into the new millennium.

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