1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW-01 WSB Homologation
(Featured on 3rd May 2014)
Sellers original description:
1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 following a 2 year fastidious detailed restoration which is fully detailed in Practical Sportsbikes' magazine article and ride test of issue 37, November 2013. One of an original run of only 500 bikes produced worldwide to homologate it for the new World Superbikes series, this example is really stunning.
The bike has had an extensive and detailed restoration over the past two years costing thousands of pounds and taking many hundreds of hours. It's now complete and has a current MoT for UK riding, long road tax and comes with the elusive genuine toolkit and owners manual. Don't let that discourage you from taking the lights off and replacing the fairing with race plastics and taking her to the Manx Classic TT or challenging in the Golden Era Superbikes class, the bike is fully de-restricted and ready to fly!
The work done has replaced every seal, bush, bearing and consumable on the chassis and those requiring replacement in the engine. This includes chain, sprockets, all caliper pistons and seals, wheel bearings, brake lines, Ohlins shock rebuild, hard chroming and fork rebuilds, brake disks, new dichromate coating and paint on the magnesium parts, you name it, it's been done and the bike is immaculate as can be seen in the PS magazine article and the photos here. Incidentally all high resolution photographs from the photoshoot will be provided on sale of the bike.
There are some changes on the bike from standard that are very intriguing and I can discuss the history of the bike in detail with a prospective new owner. The bike itself looks at first glance to be a standard Japanese model save for an oval titanium Leo Vince racing silencer but there have been some subtle improvements over the years. The wheels of the bike have been powder coated black and the disc carriers on the front painted black to match (now restored to original finish on the carriers). There is a very neat additional stainless steel polished hugger blade screwed to the swingarm, very nicely made. The rear seat pad has been replaced with a thicker one that was professionally upholstered and trimmed with a white piped edge to support a smaller rider. The Leo Vince end can has a professionally made very neat OW01 badge on it and the badge itself is reputedly gold plated. The bike has none of the normal Japanese restrictions and is free breathing so has been de-restricted fully in the past.
Yamaha have confirmed in writing to me that this started life as a Japanese domestic model bike and as was the case for their home market models the engine number only has the 3FV- prefix and no other numbers - all in the letter. They also confirm the bike is a production model OW01 - i.e. it's exactly what it's supposed to be! It was then imported into the UK. I will pass on the letter from Yamaha with the other paperwork to the new owner. The bike has only 10,000 miles on a 25 year old bike so very low miles for its age and it comes with the full logbook showing one previous owner and all numbers match. Otherwise the bike is standard if standard is a word you can use for a limited run bike of only 500 pieces constructed with such exotic materials and race bred origins.
The bike is now a beautiful example ready to be enjoyed for all its worth. New Michelin dual compound sports tyres add to the equation and all receipts, magazines and so on for the restoration parts are included. You can buy an OW01 for similar money as this bike but not one that has been serviced and cared for with hundreds of hours put into that process. This is ready for some summertime scratching and to be fully enjoyed and for others to marvel over which they will surely do with such a rare machine in such top condition. Make no mistake, this is a limited edition WSB homologation replica and is stunning to look at, to ride and will be a genuine pleasure to own....Practical Sportsbikes Features Editor, Chris Newbigging loved it so much on the road test, he was keen to keep riding and keep his head down all the way to Peterborough!