I love the 90s … The 90s were for many the best time of the motorcycle history and in this decade some really hot bikes came onto the market, some of which were always completely new and shaped the motorcycle market up to this day. Here we go – The hottest 90s vintage sports bikes at a glance…
10Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R
When the Suzuki Hayabusa was launched in 1999, the entire motorcycle market was mixed up. The engine and the design which was optimized in the wind tunnel, secured the title: fastest and strongest stock motorcycle with 312 km / h and 175 horsepower peak performance. In addition to the race track tests, extensive tests were held on the A81 German Autobahn near Heilbronn on the public highway.
Even today, the Superbike of the motorways enjoys a great fan base and is still one of the most impressive touring motorcycles for motorway riders.
Specifications: 1999-2008, 1300cc, 4 cylinders, 175hp, 312km / h, 0-100km / h 2.7sec
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R was a motorcycle in the Japanese superbikes category of the manufacturer Kawasaki. It was built between 1994 and 2003 and later replaced by the ZX-10R in 2004. The bike was regarded as one of the best super bikes at the time, but it was also fun on the country road.
Specifications: 899cc, 4 cylinders, 139-143hp, 0-100km / h 3.5sec
The massive punch in lower rpms of this Japanese V2 995cc engine is still today impressive and so then, the TL1000S and R bikes have been a big hit for Suzuki. Just 2.9 seconds passing by to 100km / h, and the acceleration orgy only finds its end at 250km / h. The weight distribution of the TL 1000 S was also unfavorable in rear wheel load. Due to the high acceleration force of the V2 engine, the front wheel quickly became light and with a correspondingly wavy road surface, the handlebars sometimes kicked wildly from one end to the other („kickback”). But this was no reason for the huge fan base to turn away from this lovely machine.
Specifications: 1996-1999, 750cc, 4 cylinders, 128hp
The Suzuki RGV250 was sold in various versions and evolutionary stages from 1988-1997 and was one of the strongest and most capable two-stroke machines on the market. The water-cooled V2 2-stroke engine ran around 70 hp and catapulted the small, light machine in under 5 seconds from 0 to 100km/h. Even today the bike is the dream of many 2-stroke fans and an absolute funbike on the racetrack.
The Kawasaki ZXR 750 was a sports motorbike from the Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki with a displacement of 750 cm³ and was built between 1989 and 1995. Especially the tubes of the „ram air system” models from the years 1989 to 1992 enjoying cult status and the bikes are still loyal companions on the country road. At that time, the mid-class Ninja had to compete with Suzuki GSXR750 and Honda Firblade, but the Ninja was able to manage this thread and was a huge success for Kawasaki.
We also like the ZXR750 and the “special” look will certainly ensure in the near future a place among the collectible Superbikes of the 90s.
Specifications: 748cc, 4 cylinders, 100hp
5Suzuki GSX-R 750 SRAD
In 1996 Suzuki shocked the competition with a completely newly developed 750s. The GSX-R 750 SRAD.
With almost 200 kg dry weight and 128 hp of power, which can be achieved at topspeed by the “Suzuki Ram Air Direct” system (SRAD), the GSX-R 750 offers the weight of a 600 paired with the performance of a 900. For a long time, the 750 models have been an ideal compromise between handiness and performance for the country road and giving Suzuki high sales figures and a good reputation. The milestone, which was laid in the 90s, still lives today and not only the newer models are very popular, but also the wonderful old bikes from the golden times.
Specifications: 1996-1999, 750cc, 4 cylinders, 128hp
4Aprilia RSV Mille
The V-Twin Superbike did not break records when it came to the market in 1998, but the hearts of many motorcyclists. The RSV Mille was the first 1000cc Superbike from Aprilia and was considered particularly reliable with regular maintenance. The high-quality components such as Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes and Marchesini rims made the RSV Mille not only a loyal companion on the country road, but also a hot iron on the racetrack.
The RSV Mille is still desirable today and is one of our favorite vintage bikes…
Specifications: 1998-2003, 998ccm, 2 cylinders, 118-124hp, 266km / h, 0-100km / h 3.1sec
The 916 from Ducati is the pioneer of the series 748/916/996/998 and a true design icon. Especially the sound of the 2-cylinder engine was reason for a purchase of the 916, which appeared in different variants on the market and was really competitive on the highway, as well as on the race track. The 916SPS introduced in 1998 also had 996ccm instead of 916cc displacement and delivered a whopping 128 hp with only 190 kilograms of dry weight. Today, especially the special editions are popular and desirable collection models and have a firm place among Ducati lovers all over the world.
Specifications: 1994-1998, 916-996ccm, 2 cylinders, 112-128hp, 255-270km / h, 0-100km / h 3.0sec
2Honda CBR900RR Fireblade
Fireblade: Hardly any other term makes the hearts of sportsriders beating faster. The SC28, which was introduced in 1992 and the SC33, which was developed from1996, were regarded as absolute state of the art superbikes and are now popular vintage sports bikes. The completely trimmed bikes, with their weight of about 204 kilograms outclassed their competitors. Handling, performance and optics made the Fireblades of the 90s one of the bikes to have!
Even today in 2017 the bike is great fun and is a pleasure for a wild ride on the country road!
Specifications: 1992-1999, 893-919ccm, 4 cylinders, 124-131hp
Yamaha surprised the motorcycle scene with the R1, a super-light 1000cc bike which suddenly became a real legend among motorcycle fans. The Japanese competitors had established themselves in the nineties to 900cc engines, since it seemed to be the best compromise between performance and weight. Yamaha, on the other hand, went another way without compromise. The development engineers have set three goals: highest performance, lowest weight and most compact dimensions. The R1 was then the Superbike number 1 and still makes so much fun that it still characterizes a decade and in our opinion it will become a real classic for sure in near future, if it is not yet …
Specifications: 1998-1999, 998ccm, 4 cylinders, 150hp, 270km / h, 0-100km / h 3.2sec
Welche Maschine ist dein persönliches Superbike der 90er??