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Waving the flag and marching from Asia! The famous Japanese horse that dominates the world Vol.6


Japanese motorcycle brands have launched countless legendary and famous cars in the past. Therefore, this series will start in 1969, when Japanese motorcycles became the highest in the world, and will continue to the “epoch-making motorcycles” that appeared in the 50 years of this year (2018). “Car models” as the theme, divided into several times to bring you back to remember these legendary cars of the past; this time I want to introduce to you the chapter “The main axis of the popular era shifted to large motorcycles” that took place in 1990-97.

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Japan’s large motorcycle driver’s license can be obtained in the driving training class, making the trend of large motorcycles come.

After Japan revised the motorcycle driver’s license examination system, the era when examinees had to go to the supervisory station in various regions for road tests was also announced in 1996. The change in the motorcycle driver’s license system also means that it is possible to start driving training on large motorcycles. Get a driver’s license directly in the class.

The fact that you can get a motorcycle driver’s license directly in the driving training class has aroused everyone’s controversy since it was determined that it will be implemented a few years ago, and the restructuring of the driver’s license is determined to be implemented in 1996, which also allows various motorcycle brands to see large motorcycles. The demand for cars should also increase rapidly.

In this context, large motorcycles produced from 1990-97, whether reverse input or Japanese version, have attracted the attention of car fans. Large motorcycles have also changed from being unattainable to popular in the times. The main axis, and at the same time, because of the restructuring of the motorcycle driver’s license, the Japanese market for large motorcycles at the time also experienced drastic changes before and after the policy was implemented.

The ram-intake giant ship “ZZ-R1100” that set off the fastest car competition

In the 1990s, the major brands did not give each other the throne of the “strongest and fastest” models. The first generation ZZ-R1100 (C1) launched by KAWASAKI in 1990 can be said to have driven this trend. The 320km/h figure on the speedometer also had a considerable impact on the knights at the time.

After ZZ-R1100 evolved into D-TYPE in 1993, in addition to adding two ram intake ducts, the aerodynamic performance of the fairing was also improved to pursue high-speed stability. The fuel tank capacity was also increased by 3L and the rear tire surface was enlarged. , Strengthen the brake device, etc., comprehensively improve the riding performance.

In fact, in the test conducted under the original factory state, although the speed of ZZ-R1100 has never exceeded 300km/h, some professionals and fans have successively modified for this goal, allowing this car to stay around the world. There are countless legends.

001-1▲The ZZ-R1100, launched by KAWASAKI in 1993, is equipped with a 1052cc water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine, capable of 147ps/10500rpm and 11.2kg-m/8500rpm. (The body specification is a 1997-style, and the photo is a 1993-style D-TYPE)

The ancestor of the super sports car “CBR900RR”

Contrary to the prevailing trend of “large displacement and more horsepower” at that time, the emergence of “893cc plus lightweight body and higher power, a new type of car that emphasizes sports performance” is exactly the super sports car. The originator, that is, the first generation of FireBlade.

When CBR900RR was launched in Japan, it was the era when the fastest and large displacement cars were the most popular. However, its excellent power-to-weight ratio made it the least good at heavyweight cars with displacements above 1000cc. Riding on the mountain roads, it played an outstanding performance, so it gradually gained a reputation among fans, and then more revisions were made. In the late 1990s, the popularity even surpassed the large displacement and fastest style. Car models, the motorcycle world has become the world of super sports cars since 2000.

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002▲The CBR900RR, which debuted in 1992, has a water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 893cc, which can provide the rider with a maximum horsepower of 124ps/10500rpm and a maximum torque of 9.0kg-m/8500rpm.

The ultimate racing model “RVF/RC45” with a V-type 4-cylinder engine

Because of the changes in the competition rules of the superbike race, the RC30 replaced the TT-F1 as a commercially available model based on the participating cars. Equipped with a 90-degree V-type 4-cylinder engine, a side timing chain, and the first PGM-FI installed on HONDA’s commercial models, even the frame has been re-adjusted to make the vehicle’s combat power significantly improved, even HONDA The factory car is also based on this car and has continued to win championships in the All Japan Motorcycle Championships and Suzuka 8-resistant races.

003-3▲The 1994 RVF/RC45 with a water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve V-type 4-cylinder engine and a displacement of 749cc has a maximum horsepower of 77ps/11500rpm and a maximum torque of 5.7kg-m/7000rpm.

The unique oval piston commercially available model “NR”

When HONDA returned to the WGP event in 1979, in order to win the two-stroke model, it created the NR500 with a four-stroke engine. HONDA has introduced unprecedented technology in NR500. Because this V-type 4-cylinder engine uses oval pistons and each piston has 8 valves, it can actually be said to be a V8 engine.

It is a pity that although the engine speed can exceed 20,000 rpm, the valve action cannot keep up. Therefore, there are a lot of technical problems. So although HONDA has shown you a new possibility, In the end it ended in regret.

The research and development goal of this NR500 at that time was to apply the technology to commercially available cars, but it was not really realized until 10 years later. Equipped with an oval piston, 750㏄ displacement, and a V-type 4-cylinder engine, the NR750 was unveiled as a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1990 and officially launched in 1992 as a representative of HONDA’s challenge to dreams. The flagship model and the price of 5.2 million yen became a huge topic at the time.

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NR_mc199204_nr7501_01002H▲HONDA launched the NR750 in 1992. It is equipped with a water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 8-valve V-type 4-cylinder engine with a special oval cylinder. The 747cc has a power specification of 77ps/11500rpm and 5.4kg-m/9000rpm.


GTS1000/A equipped with different technologies

The front wheels of GTS1000/A use a single-rocker chassis with less shaking during acceleration and braking. The engine uses a 5-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine inherited from FZR1000. It also uses fuel that was considered a new technology at the time. The injection system, etc., are entirely YAMAHA’s ambitions.

005-2▲The 1992 YAMAHA GTS1000/A, 1002cc water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 5-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine has engine specifications of 100.6ps and 10.8kg-m.

Non-off-road version of Tenere “TDM850”

Knights in Europe have always regarded the XTZ750 Super Tenere as an all-rounder, and it is often used in non-off-road occasions. Therefore, YAMAHA launched this new car that is more inclined to non-off-road use. It not only improves the displacement, but also Equipped with a hug frame, it is also very popular because it is extremely convenient to use.

006-2▲The TDM850 launched by YAMAHA in 1992 is equipped with a 849cc water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 5-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine that can provide 72ps/7.8kg-m power specifications.

The birth of the king of street cars “CB1000SF”

Following the trend of imitation racing models, there is a trend of street car models with hardcore style as the mainstream and the pursuit of common motorcycle features. In addition, although the market with a displacement of more than 750cc has increased by 1.8 times in the past five years, there is still a lot of room for improvement. Therefore, HONDA has rebuilt the CB series called “PROJECT BIG-1”.

CB1000SF is based on a double cradle frame, equipped with a powerful 998cc parallel 4-cylinder engine and dual rear shocks. The overall appearance is full of bold muscles, plus the white and red color reminiscent of CB1100R. CB1000SF attracted the attention of fans when it was launched as a concept car at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. As a commercial car model, it was officially announced, and the identity of the previous guide car was selected at the Suzuka 8 resistance competition venue. The debut, which also made it jump to the culmination of the street car style overnight.

007-3▲The CB1000SF, which debuted in early 1992, is equipped with a 998cc water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine with a power of 93ps/8.6kg-m.

The best coach car of Japanese knights “CB400SF”

After HONDA announced the CB1000SF concept car at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, the first commercially available version was CB400SF. CB400SF perfectly inherits the appearance of CB1000SF. It has been warmly welcomed among mid-sized motorcycle drivers who are the mainstream of the market. At the beginning, I rode this bike first and then switched to a large motorcycle, so its excellent performance no longer needs to be emphasized.

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007_2▲The 1992-style CB400SF with a water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine as the power core, 399cc can provide the maximum horsepower of 53ps and the maximum torque of 3.7kg-m

gasCold engineversusOhlinsThe perfect match for suspensionXJR1200

When KAWASAKI’s Zephyr car series set off a wave of street cars in Japan, YAMAHA’s response was to launch the XJR1200 based on the FJ1200 parallel 4-cylinder engine. The displacement is higher than that of CB1000SF and Zephyr 1100, and it is still Equipped with an air-cooled engine is very popular, and even got the authorization of Ohlins to list its rear shock absorbers as standard equipment, completely grasping the hearts of the knights.

008-2▲The 1994 XJR1200 uses an air-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine as its power source. 1188cc has a value of 97ps/9.3kg-m.

SUZUKI “GSF1200” on the Hummer route

SUZUKI launched the Bandit in 250cc and 400cc at that time, but when it joined the large street car market, SUZUKI did not use the classic design of dual-gun rear shocks, instead participating in the battle with a central single-gun rear shock setting.

Among the large street car models, the GSF1200 has the lightest and most compact body, and the oil-cooled engine based on the GSX-R1100 is very sensitive, showing the riding feeling of a sports car rather than a street car. Obviously adopt a different car concept from other competitors.

009-2▲The GSF1200, a 1156cc oil-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine launched by SUZUKI in 1995, has a maximum horsepower of 97ps and a maximum torque of 9.8kg-m.

One of KAWASAKI’s two main street cars “ZRX1100”

In the face of late-comer opponents, KAWASAKI chose to launch a street car model equipped with a water-cooled engine to challenge. ZRX1100 pays tribute to the Z1000R in the overall design and emphasizes the style of the Z1000R in terms of performance.

But in fact, because ZRX1100 uses the engine based on ZZR1100 and a more sophisticated body structure than CB1000 and XJR1200, its sports performance is actually much better than Z1000R, and it is also strongly supported by sports riding style riders. , And ZRX1100, along with the Zephyr car series with air-cooled engine, has become the two pillars of KAWASAKI in the street car competition.

010-1▲The ZRX1100, launched by KAWASAKI in 1997, has a water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine with a maximum horsepower of 1052cc, 100ps and a maximum torque of 9.8kg-m.

Capture the heart of the knight with a very thick rear wheel “HORNET”

While CB1000SF and CB400SF are very popular, HONDA is in a tough battle in the 250cc street car market because of Jade. However, when Jade’s successor model “HORNET” appeared, the counterattack was successful. The biggest reason is that HORNET uses 180/55ZR17 extremely thick rear wheels that are exactly the same as large motorcycles. It is completely invisible to be a 250cc motorcycle. Car models.

In addition to the 250cc, it uses a parallel 4-cylinder engine and a top-wound exhaust pipe configuration. Not only at the time, even by today’s standards, HORNET is still very novel and dynamic, and it also has the charm of transcending the boundaries of the step. .


▲The 249cc is a 1996 HORNET with a water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder engine. It has a maximum horsepower of 40ps and a maximum torque of 2.4kg-m.

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