Japanese Motorcycle LEGEND #9 (1997-2000) “World’s Fastest” Final Battle
This series introduces the names of the legendary vehicle Japan have produced. The theme is ”Epoch-making Road sports” that appeared in the 50 years from 1969 when Japanese commercial motorcycles reached the top of the world to the present day. This article was “the world’s fastest final battle” from 1997 to 2000.
Replica boom to liter class. The world’s fastest romance from the speed of voluntary regulation to the end
The big bike boom accelerated in the second half of the 1990s, as big hits such as ZZ-R1100, CBR900RR and CB1300 SUPER FOUR were born, and a large motorcycle license was acquired at a driving school. And it appeared, Japanese V-twin force that can compete with Ducati. Some aspects of the smash hit of the Yamaha TRX850 were triggered, but in any case, a liter racer replica was born. In addition, the YZF-R1 pulled the body configuration like a WGP machine and decorated the debut of the impact, the following year Hayabusa appeared. Racer replica and the flagship machine (later called mega sports, etc.) competed for the top in the momentum to rewrite even the fastest definition of “what is the fastest”. And at the same time as the appearance of the 12R of the variant, the movement to regulate the maximum speed too fast that Hayabusa pioneered was born, and the fastest King battle has converged.
In 1997, the consumption tax was raised from 3% to 5%, and the broadcast was started at a new Fuji Television Station in Odaiba. The opening of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line is also this year. The following year, in 1998, director Akira Kurosawa and guitarist hide died. And iMac and Windows 98 are born. In 1999, Nostradamus’s great prophecy did not hit, Ichiro became major leaguer in 2000 when the millennium was celebrated. It was also during this year that the PlayStation 2 was released.
Baba-san, the parent of the CBR900RR, was surprised by the 3-axis arrangement of the YZF-R1
The Kawasaki ZX-9R also followed the super sports category pioneered by the original Honda CBR900RR, but it was the appearance of R1 that broke into the movement. The concept of a large engine displacement mounted on a lightweight and compact vehicle body to demonstrate high engine performance is further clearly advocated. A number of modern design methods were introduced, such as the reduction of the front and rear length of the chassis by the main 3-axis triangular arrangement, and on the other hand, the extension of the swingarm, making it a well-moving suspension. Until then, it was also significant that the 900cc achieved the liter in the super sports field, which had been regarded as the optimum solution. After this, all the rivals are also liter. Before long, the racing world was also occupied, but the pass was still the main point at this time.
Superbike Racing also for R System YZF-R7
At the end of the 750cc regulation of the Superbike, R7 which becomes a brother vehicle also appeared. Eventually, due to the regulation change, R1 itself will be the main player in the race.
Knockdown Ducati, Honda serious V Twin Racer VTR1000 SP-1
There was a growing presence that Japanese manufacturers could not overlook with the growing popularity of super sports. It’s the L-twin Ducati. It was finished in a lightweight and excellent in motility, and the figure was fresh and extended to the rider who was accustomed to 4-cylinder with a thick torque and exhaust sound with a small number of cylinders. Then, Japanese manufacturers also released two-cylinder sports one after another, and it will compete against this. Honda also introduced the VTR-SP homologation model for the SB race. The expected speed range was very high, and it had become a specification that completely assumed a race base, such as a suspension that would not move at all if it was riding normally on a public road. The side radiator, which was one of Honda’s trends at the time, is also impressive.
Rival also compete in the ambitious V Twin Super Sports TL1000R
Suzuki was actively developing the V-Twin Super Sports with Honda. First, the TL1000S of the aluminum trellis frame was introduced. Next, a TL1000R for racing with increased rigidity with the twin-spar frame was sent out in the same way as VTR-SP. The engine is powered by a semi-camshaft gear train. The motorcycle body also incorporated an ambitious mechanism such as a rotary damper suspension.
CBR1100XX SUPER BLACKBIRD to capture “the world’s fastest” from Kawasaki
At the same time, Super Blackbird, which advocates “the world’s highest performance”, also took the position of the fastest King from Kawasaki ZZ-R. “300km/h” drove the riders to speed like a watchword. Even in Japan, the big bike boom has only increased further, coupled with the lifting of the ban on the acquisition of the Driving School of a large motorcycle license. The popularity of the Black Bird, which literally stood at the top of the motorcycle world, was not limited to the public road, and various challenges were tried, such as participating in the Suzuka 8 Endurance S-NK class. The first generation appeared in the carburetor specification, but from the second generation of ’99 introduced the FI and ram air system. While the catalog horsepower is the same 164ps as the original, further performance up has been attempted. The color of the tourer was increased after the voluntary restriction of 300km/h in Europe.
Last 300km/h over machine Ninja ZX-12R
In order to recapture the fastest spot in the world that was robbed by Honda, 12R was made up of all the power. The new features such as the first mass produced aluminum monocoque backbone frame adopted to reduce the frontal projection area, the winglet to prevent the floating in the high-speed range with cooperation of Kawasaki aviation division, and the ram air intakes flying forward with the highest priority on the inhalation efficiency were incorporated. However, its existence was known earlier than the Suzuki Hayabusa but it was reversed at the time of release. While the 12R achieves an over 300km/h in STD measurement, speed self-regulation has already become decisive in Europe, and the fastest boom will wilt rapidly. It came out late.
Super long hit GSX1300R HAYABUSA with speed + athletic performance
It was not only Kawasaki that was frustrated by being deprived of the fastest position in the world by CBR1100XX. When the ZZ-R1100 reigned as the world’s fastest horse was paired with the Suzuki GSX-R1100. It was the first Hayabusa that Suzuki made a sensational debut before the 12R release just as if he had forgotten us. The meter with a scale engraved up to 350 km/h actually recorded 312 km/h instead of date. It was the first mass production vehicle to be over 300km/h. However, speed self-regulation will be implemented in Europe from ’01 at the speed of the Hayabusa. However, unlike the 12R, the movement performance was also high, followed by continued demand, and the full model change to ’08 also to long-selling. The 2-eyed monster with a strange shape in the vertical eye is still popular now.
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Original Source[ Young Machine ] (*Japanese)