Inheriting the “OW” in-house designation for Yamaha’s factory machines for its nickname, the FZR750R was a production model with many features fed back directly from the Yamaha YZF750 works machine that competed in the TT-F1 4-stroke road racing class. It was a full-fledged works replica with a DOHC 5-valve, parallel 4-cylinder engine with titanium connecting rods.
The Yamaha FZR750RU was only available in 1988 in a limited quantity (200 to USA) at a then price of $6899, which was more expensive than most liter bikes at the time. This was the only 750cc Yamaha sportbike offered for model year 1988-89, period. The following is from a 1988 Yamaha Product Sales Guide:
"Yamaha's FZR750R is a fully fledged road racer designed and built for AMA Superbike racing. Unlike other racers, though, to meet AMA rules, the FZR750R is fully street legal and available down at local Yamaha street bike dealers. Quantities are limited to the 200 required for AMA racing homologation, but for riders with the ability and desire to win races, there's never been a better or easier way." Just briefly, the bike weights 448 pounds dry, fuel capacity is 5.3 gallons, and tire sizes are 120/70 ZR 17 front, and, 160/60 ZR 18 rear. Brakes are 320mm front and 267mm rear. Forks are 41mm with spring preload and rebound damping. Delta Box frame, Genesis five-valve-per-cylinder motor and the same close-ration 6 speed gearbox as the factory racer were part of the package."
This bike was 49-state only no California versions were produced.
This thinly disguised street legal race bike built to compete in World Championship Superbike events was built to exotic specifications including titanium connecting rods and two ring pistons. The 0W01's main adversaries were the Honda RC30 and the Suzuki GSX-R750. An optional race kit, comprising of ignition box, high compression pistons and a lightweight muffler made the bike ready for the track.
This machine, prepared by California performance company Vance and Hines, carried David Sadowski to first place in the 1990 Daytona 200.