For a while in the 1990’s, sponsorship from Marlboro led Yamaha down a red-liveried path, and the torn paper graphics on this 1996 YZF-750R makes reference without saying it too loud. It’s a low-mileage example with a recent major service, and looks smashing.
Yamaha took the successes of their late -80’s World Superbike mounts and ran them by production engineering, preserving as much of the good stuff while bringing the cost out of the stratosphere. Kept was the forward canted inline Genesis, with the EXUP exhaust tuning system – in road trim worth 125hp. The aluminum Deltabox chassis evolved with re-designed frame connectors. New brakes were 320mm disks with 6-piston calipers. The fox-eye headlights look a little less drop-dead serious than those on the OW-01, but the painted pillion cover passes for a single-seater under way.
The seller’s other auctions seem to indicate a dealer rather than motorcyclist owner, but either way, this YZF is in special shape for its age. Hard to find fault with the presentation, except maybe to pine for an SP homologation special. The last service call made everything ready for the new owner. From the eBay auction:
Parts:Float bowl gasketsNeedle and seatFuel lineOil (semi/syn)BatteryRear brake caliper kitRear padsFront padsFork sealsPirelli Rosso TiresLabor:Service carbsOil changeInstall tiresFork sealsRebuild rear caliperFront padsComplete degrease/cleanThis bike is very special to me as you can see with all the investments made .A cleaner example for sale will be very difficult to find today .The bike is ready to ride .
The YZF750R sold better across the pond than here, but trailed the 916 and CBR900RR and gave way to the R1 in 1998. The race version did well in endurance events where Yamaha’s quality shown. This one is right on the edge of too nice to ride too much, but the classic mid-size package and recent maintenance call for at least an occasional back road afternoon.