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Old 10-27-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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Vintage Dealer Brochure - 1986 Yamaha FZ750

Here's another brochure, this time going back to 1986. This is the 1986 Yamaha FZ750. I had two of these back in the day. I bought a leftover new one in early 1987 and rode it on the street. I sold it in May 1988 to get a 1988 Yamaha FZR1000. I sold the 1000 in December of 1988 and bought another new-in-the-crate leftover 1986 FZ750 to go roadracing with after my first roadracer, a 1985 Honda Interceptor 500, went belly up earlier in the season. As a street bike, the FZ was really good as it had a very stable chassis, a marvelous motor and very comfy ergos. As a race bike it was less than stellar, though, mostly because it was too long, too low and too heavy. In the most talented hands, and with enough factory parts in them, the FZ could still be made to work well enough on the race track - just look at Eddie Lawson's 1986 Daytona 200 victory on a factory FZ750 as proof.

Note the neat little chain that adjusts the rear shock's preload, the super tiny width rear tire (the largest race rubber it could fit with a stock swingarm was a 150 profile tire), the long wheelbase, which easily was over 59 inches when axle was as far back as it would go in the swingarm, and the trick for 1986 vented brake rotors.

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Old 10-27-2009, 08:45 AM   #2
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Lawson's 1986 Daytona 200 winning FZ:

638px Yamaha FZ750 28for the Daytona 200 198629
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wow. 34 mm throats on the carbs :P

reminds me of my honda I had for a few years.

i LOVED/HATED my Honda VF-1000R of 86 vintage. stock tire out back was a 130! lolz. but , it had some good power. (for me) i sold it a few years ago. wish i didnt.
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wow. 34 mm throats on the carbs :P

reminds me of my honda I had for a few years.

i LOVED/HATED my Honda VF-1000R of 86 vintage. stock tire out back was a 130! lolz. but , it had some good power. (for me) i sold it a few years ago. wish i didnt.
I had 38's on my suki 750...
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i love 80's sports bikes, my brothers used to have bikes like these back in the day.
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Pimpin'. My first street bike was a 1987 FZ 600 as a sophmore in high school. With full fairings and that bad 8 valve motor I knew it was the fastest thing on the street, until I went street racing one night in southern california and got owned by an old guy riding a clapped out GPZ 550 stretched with a Kerker pipe. Last time I ever talked to an old drag racer.
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that thing got a hemi? :P also, 5 valves per cylinder, does it have a double overhead cam shaft as well? didnt see that in the specs
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that thing got a hemi? :P also, 5 valves per cylinder, does it have a double overhead cam shaft as well? didnt see that in the specs
Sure looks like DOHC to me.
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Neat story.... I love vintage sportbike talk...

Pretty cool yami was already using down draft design in the mid 80s.....
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fascinating. to think i w wasn't even born yet... lol
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Ah, the 80's... Miami Vice and girls with big hairs. Bikes had jets, tires were bias'ed, and traction control was your right wrist.

HD was owned by people who make bowling , and the Big Four reigned supreme. The good ol' days.
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remember the Miami Vice episode where Danny Sullivan raced down the parking garage against ?, on ninja 600's the R/W/B one's?

great episode! women, IMSA cars, racing, bikes
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That was right after he won the Indy 500 in '85, I think. I rode a Maxim 650 but lusted after the mighty VMax in those days. Yamaha was golden and could do no wrong back then.
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remember the Miami Vice episode where Danny Sullivan raced down the parking garage against ?, on ninja 600's the R/W/B one's?

great episode! women, IMSA cars, racing, bikes

That was one of the best episodes of the Vice!
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