Cool bikes: 1992 Yamaha FZR 600 V&H Edition

When the 1992 Yamaha special edition Vance & Hines FZR 600 came screaming down the street, people noticed.

Not because of its performance but because of the magenta, yellow and black paint job that mimicked the Vance & Hines Yamaha Racing roadrace team paint.

In 1972 future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Terry Vance and Byron Hines joined forces to drag race, and in 1980 they formed the high-performance motorcycle parts company Vance & Hines. The company fielded racing teams, winning the 1990 Daytona 200 and the 1991 AMA Superbike championship.

Yamaha created its FZR 600 Vance & Hines special edition for one year, in 1992, to celebrate its championship-winning relationship with V&H. The special edition shared the paint scheme of the Vance & Hines AMA 600 Supersport class racebike, a Vance & Hines exhaust system, V&H decals and an edition number (about 600 of the special bikes were made). Otherwise, the bike was stock.

The bike was powered by a four-cylinder, double overhead cam, four-valves per cylinder, four-stroke, 599cc engine stuffed in a steel Deltabox frame. The engine pumped out a claimed 91 horses at 8,500 rpm good for a top speed of 147 mph. Four 38mm Mikuni carbs handled the mixing chores.

The bike had a six-speed transmission, chain drive, 41mm telescopic front fork and rising-rate monoshock in the rear. Stopping power was provided by two 298mm discs and two-piston calipers in front and a single 214mm disc and one-piston caliper in the rear.

The FZR 600 had a 56.1-inch wheelbase, seat height of 30.9 inches and weighed a claimed 430 pounds dry/458 pounds wet.