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Classic Scrap - 1991 Yamaha FZR1000R EXUP Vs Suzuki GSX-R1100

For many, these are still the two greatest superbikes ever built. Suzuki's legendary GSX- R1100 went head-to-head with Yamaha's EXUP for years, and in 1991 the two were at the top of their game

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In the days before fuel injection and comedy dry n the days before fuel injection and comedy dry weight claims, we were feasting on the new breed of ultra-fast, fully focused and jolly affordable sports machinery. Long before the madness of ABS and traction control, the route to glory was pure and unadulterated, the object being to place as little as possible between the right hand and the rear wheel. Keep it pure. Keep it simple. The era of serious performance before electronic aid is not a nostalgic and starry-eyed daydream, it is real and relevant today as there are thousands of no-nonsense pedigree bikes still working and lurking in garages across the country.

Operating on the principle of there being more than two ways to skin a cat, the Japanese giants attacked the same goals with their respective philosophies. Yamaha developed the sharp-edged, finely tuned precision tool with their FZR 1000 Genesis which then turned into the EXUP, while Suzuki attacked the same challenges with muscle and unbreakable brute force, hence the total eminence of the GSX and GSX- R motors in the competitive quarter-mile scene.

These principles are validated not only in performance and handling characteristics, but also in design and detailing. The GSX- R sits blunt and threatening with aggressive angles and a whiff of the drag strip. The fairing and graphics have been updated over the previous l-model, the most obvious change being the sunken twin headlights peering through the new angled glass cover. The effect is far more pleasing on the eye and gives the m a modern makeover and a purposeful aerodynamic edge.

Suzuki went to the trouble at the world press launch of pointing out that it was indeed 3.5% more slippery than the incumbent l. The FZR is an altogether more sophisticated and classy-looking creature. The narrow and curvy bodywork flows more coherently over and around the sculptured Deltabox alloy frame with a pretty tailpiece to round it off. The vision that springs to mind as the two sit poised together is very much of beauty and the beast.

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