Which sportbike do you think has had the biggest impact on the sportbiking market.
I personally think that the Yamaha R1 has made the biggest overall impact on the market. I completely "reshaped" the open class bikes and indirectly the other classes. It revitalized the open class racing in AMA and club racing.
Honorable Mention to the first Honda CBR900RR.
I think the Ducati 916 had the biggest impact on 4-stroke roadracing(modern era that is).
I think that the KR3 Modenas is one of the really big things in GP roadracing although it hasn't had that big of an impact yet.
For modern bikes, I agree that the R1 has inspired change in everything.
Back in the late 80's and early 90's, I'd have to go with the CBR600's. F-F2. Seems like Honda was the cutting edge in "daily driver" sportbikes for most of that time. The FZR's and ZX's were cool for a while, but not like the Hondas.
The 1984 Kawasaki 900R Ninja was THE bike that changed the sportbike market.
The first with DOHC 4-valve AND watercooling. The first to combine the power of a liter class with the handling of a 750 class. Remember back then, there were no 600 class. The first SB to achieve 154 mph top speed. Everyone else copied that format ever since.
How about the Kawasaki Ninja? Man in the eighties, everyone I knew wasn't talking about yama or Honda. They were talking about the Ninja being the badass of the streets... Not anymore since the Yama HEHE
Hey, Rcjohn, never buy a R1? Wait, I am having a flash back.....you ride a Honda RC? I think they are sooooo ugly! I do think they match the riders, don't you? I think my R6 is a very handsome, sexy bike, kinda like Kristy Swanson in your bath tube, I am getting excited just thinking about it!...
Originally posted by richardr6 How about the Kawasaki Ninja? Man in the eighties, everyone I knew wasn't talking about yama or Honda. They were talking about the Ninja being the badass of the streets
Yes, that was the battlecry of the uneducated pinheads. Wooo, NINJAS are fast! Woooo, NINJAS are the bomb! Why didn't you buy a NINJA?!
Well, now the battlecry of the mindless herd has changed. Woooo, R6s are the bomb! WOOOO, R6s are fast!
Eventually, the lemmings will cause thier own demise.