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Top 5 motorcycles for the 70s 80s 90s

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Old 05-13-2009, 12:50 AM   #1
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Question Top 5 motorcycles for the 70s 80s 90s

The criteria is technical innovation - meaning motorcycles that made other manufacturers try to keep up.
   
 
Old 05-13-2009, 02:04 AM   #2
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Two of which I owned:

1969 Honda CB750 (Arguably, the bike that started the superbike wars); and
1979 Honda CBX (No explanation required, I maintain)

One that I now own its great great great,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, grandson:

1975 Honda GL1000
   
 
Old 05-13-2009, 04:59 AM   #3
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1983 gpz 1100. 85-86 gsxr 750. 1990 zx-11
   
 
Old 05-13-2009, 05:37 AM   #4
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77' Yamaha XS750 Triple Not really that fast but it was fast enough, and with front and rear disc brakes.

77' Kawasaki KZ1000 This was the bike all of us lusted after when I was in High School, I finally got one when I was 27.....
   
 
Old 05-13-2009, 05:41 AM   #5
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90's it has to be the Fireblade
   
 
Old 05-13-2009, 06:50 AM   #6
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What was the first, fully-faired Japanese bike? Furthest back I can remember is the Hurricane or Interceptor.
   
 
Old 05-13-2009, 06:53 AM   #7
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just restored 1987 rd350 ypvs 9k miles 2 owners me and brother in law. had a blade as well, got this bike to thank for having a 12 now.
   
 
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I bet someone pulls a hyabugly out their butt.
   
 
Old 05-13-2009, 08:00 AM   #9
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I'll go with Mark on the 1969 750 Honda, BUT the 1972 H2 750 Kawasaki set the mark for power.. Next up was the 1973 Z1 900, 1977 seen the GS1000 Suzuki.. The NEXT HUGE LEAP was the 1980 GS1100 Suzuki with the TSCC 4 valve head.. Kawasaki stepped up in 1983 with the GPz1100 which was the first stock bike in the 10s. From here it gets unreal with the GSXR line and the Yami R1.. Kawasaki struggled until 1990 with the ZX1100.. Which ruled everything until the Busa.

Sorry Mark but the CBX was never a match for the Z1,,, The CBX has a hell of a 1st and 2nd gear but faded fast in third and the Z1 kept on going...
   
 
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70's, well that would be this..... Kawasaki 750 triple. Scary beast. I have a buddy that has a lightly modified triple that runs mid 9's all day in the 1/4 mi.



80's..my vote goes to the Suzuki GS1150. There was nothing that could keep up with them in a straight line for a few years. The one pictured below is nearly identical to the one I used to own.



The 90's...my vote goes to the '97 SRAD GSX-R750 (still my favorite bike of all time). It reset the standards of what a sportbike should be.


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The GSXR was the first true full fairing production race bike-but the hurricane 1000 was a great bike. I just thought it was ugly- but I still owned a black and red one.
   
 
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just restored 1987 rd350 ypvs 9k miles 2 owners me and brother in law.
Umm.... we need pics... like NOW!!!!
   
 
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I still got my 83 GPz1100......
   
 
Old 05-13-2009, 08:43 PM   #14
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I'd have to give the nod to my '86 Honda VFR-750R Interceptor.

It was probably the best overall bike I've ever owned and the first bike I did a 50 MPH power wheelie on. Bought it new, told Harley-Davidson to suck my TARIFF and... The rest is history.

I know today that is blase~ but back in the day that was the shit.
   
 
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H2 750 Kaw triple for pure madness. Kz 900 for inovation (DOHC). Z1R for first under 12 QTR. 84 900 Ninja for first street superbike and ZX1100 for longest running top end bike.
   
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