Top 10 sports bikes from the '90s

Nostalgia hits and future classics. They may be getting on a bit but they’re still capable...

Posted: 17 August 2010
by Visordown

10. Suzuki GSX-R750
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10. Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD

Engine 749cc, liquid cooled,  Power  Torque  Weight 179kg Top speed

On the scene for four years at the end of the ‘90s the Suzuki GSX-R750 was a reinvention of the manufacturer’s entry in the sportsbike category. The 1996 model signalled the end of the double-cradle frame and introduced a twin-spar frame derived from the Grand Prix RGV500 ridden by Kevin Schwantz. This saved the GSX-R 20kg of weight, but what attracted everyone was the alluring acronym, SRAD. Standing for Suzuki Ram Air Direct and in layman terms this resulted in new air intakes that forced the air directly into the airbox. Our very own James Whitham thrashed one around World Superbikes for a few years before the tasty Alstare Corona paint scheme appeared on the fairing. The chassis still makes for a brilliant trackday sleeper.

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All good bikes but the order is somewhat wrong. R1, Blade, 916 and SRAD ar the definite top 4 imho. And then comes the rest in any sequence you like.

Posted: 19/08/2010 at 15:59

Trouble with the Blade is that it's not actually that impressive anymore. Too many rose tinted specs come out when that bike is mentioned. It's in there for the fact it changed sportsbikes.

Ridden one recently? It ain't anywhere near as much fun as the R1 and not even close to a TL1000s for fun factor.


Posted: 19/08/2010 at 16:04

TL frickin' thousand??!!

How can a bike that badly engineered from the start suddenly be 'desirable'?

Cheap, quick, fun...I can accept.

IMO The engine is the only redeeming factor and only that 'for the time' because it was more reliable than contemporary Ducati's.

But I might be wrong - Because there is no 'right' in these debates.

Give me an RSV any day... 


Posted: 31/08/2010 at 18:13

Oh Yeah!

Are all these bikes being compared as Standard out of the crate models?

If not..what would be the point? 


Posted: 31/08/2010 at 18:17

no mention of the 2 strokes then?

Posted: 07/09/2011 at 01:27

^^^^^^^Whats an RGV then?? lol Should have had the ZX7R in there:))

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 19:41

would love to have seen a TZR but there's an RGV in there so I'm happy. And how about the NC30/35? Surely was this not one of the sweetest handling, purest sportsbikes of the time?

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 09:00

Wow, that must have taken you ages for that list ! No Ducatis !!!

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 11:03

No 600cc in the list? That's kind of surprising to me. The TL100S was the most enjoyable beast I've ever ridden, makes me happy to find it in the list.

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 12:50

I can't believe the Mv Agusta f4 is not on the list. It was launched in 98 and still looks fresh.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 18:18

Where is an Aprilia RS250 in all this Or NC30? Surely one of these are better than a TL?

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 22:19

Good day. I'm very new with Visordown, so I'll rather not comment too much in here, not right now anyway. All I'll do, is just raise my personal opinion concerning/regarding the ZXR 750 ( ZX-7R in North America ), Its production years was from 88' - 95'. Bikes as of 96' onwards, say the SRAD, SUPER BLACKBIRD, R1, RSV MILLE, TL1000R, VTR1000, MV AUGUSTA, 916 SP ETC... Were all bikes, if I may say, from a newer/later era. The ZXR 750, was a robust sports ( overweight ) sports rocket of an older/earlier era than the above mentioned bonies, if I may say so. Could I perhaps bring in or, mention another iconic beast of the same era as the ZXR 750? How about mentioning Kawasaki's ol' heafty beast super sports tourer, ZZR 1100 D. I personally think that thus old big guy, certainly earned its respect in its day though, and its still a great all rounder, and still cherished here in South - Africa, and also still maintain and hold its value quite well here. Besides its brutal power and performance package, it still tirns heads as it is a well and good engineered sports tourer, for a tourer that still stomp on at 11500+ rpm at top end, not to shabby I'd say! Talking about 177mph+, 180mph wasn't/isnt out of reach at all.

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