A Dozen Milestone Japanese Superbikes
From the four cylinder, electric start wonder of the 1969 Honda CB750, to the king of the 70s the Kawasaki Z1, all the way through to the brutal yet refined Suzuki GSXR1000, all these motorcycles had that special something.
Motoaus takes a look back at some of the Japanese Superbikes that shook the motorcycling world when they were released. They all had, or did, something different to all before them.
From the four cylinder, electric start wonder of the 1969 Honda CB750, all the way through to the brutal, yet refined Suzuki GSXR1000, all these motorcycles had that special something. These stories will be added over a period of time, finished articles are clickable.
Honda CB750 (1969)
Four Cylinders and a disc brake!
Kawasaki H2 Mach IV 750 (1972)
Three cylinders of two stroke terror, matched to equally terrifying chassis!
Kawasaki Z1 900 (1973)
The King! Smooth, refined, twin cams. The bike of the decade.
Suzuki GS1000 (1978)
Power, handling, comfort. The big GS closed out the decade in the lead.
Suzuki Katana 1100 (1981)
Love it or leave it styling, like nothing before it
Kawasaki GPz900R (1984)
The Great All Rounder. Power, handling and looks.
Suzuki GSXR750 (1986)
A race bike for the road. Light and lightning fast!
Yamaha FZR1000 (1988)
This one did it all
Honda CBR900RR (1992)
Litre power, in 600 size chassis
Yamaha R1 (1998)
Awesome race rep for the road. Redefined the highside.
Suzuki Hayabusa (1999)
One purpose in mind…top speed and lots of it
Suzuki GSXR1000 (2001)