YouTube Hooligans 44Teeth Takes Classic ’90s Sport Bikes To The Track

The 1990s were a magical time for sportbikes. The World Superbike Championship (WSBK) and British Superbike Championship (BSB) were launched in 1988, providing a new proving ground for manufacturers to showcase their flagship street bikes. In the mid-1990s, competition between Yamaha, Honda, Ducati, Suzuki and Kawasaki reached fever pitch, with OEMs frequently trading title campaigns.

Some of the most iconic models from the period include Yamaha’s YZF750. GSX-R750 SRAD from Suzuki, 996 from Ducati and Honda RC51 SP1. Hooligans from YouTube channel 44Teeth had the chance to test the legendary superbikes at Chippenham, England’s Castle Combe circuit, and these speed titans did not disappoint.

Yamaha introduced the YZF750 in 1993. The superbike race only lasted until 1998, but Team Blue made every one of those years count. James Whitham rode the YZF750 to the BSB Championship in its first season and Niall Mackenzie won three consecutive BSB titles from 1996-1998 aboard the bLU cRU rocket.

However, after WSBK and BSB passed regulations to include 1000cc engines, Ducati’s iconic 996 picked up where the YZF750 left off. At the controls of the 996, Troy Bayliss, Neil Hodgson and John Reynolds achieved a BSB hat-trick for Ducati between 1999 and 2001. During this same period, Carl Fogarty won his last WSBK crown in 1999 and Troy Bayliss won his first WSBK title in 2001. aboard the 996.

Honda split these two Ducati WSBK championships in 2000, with future MotoGP rider Colin Edwards at the helm of the RC51 (VTR1000) SP1. Edwards would reclaim the title in 2002 with the revised Honda RC51 (VTR1000) SP2, but he would move up to the Grand Prix ranks in 2003 and Honda would soon switch to the CBR1000RR.

While Suzuki’s GSX-R750 SRAD (Suzuki Ram Air Direct) never achieved BSB or WSBK supremacy, but with James Whitham, John Reynolds and Chris Walker at the controls of the GSX in WSBK and BSB, the SRAD remains the one of the most sought after classics. Sure, the guys at 44Teeth have their pick, but which iconic 90s sportbike would you take for a few laps?

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