Historic Racebike Illustrations: AMA Superbikes Of The 1980s, In The April Issue

Historic Racebike Illustrations: AMA Superbikes Of The 1980s, In The April Issue

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Featured In the April 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

 

        Citing the need to reduce power and weight to avoid tire problems and solve safety issues related to top speed vs. run-off room, AMA Superbike officials decided to reduce engine displacement from 1025cc to 750cc for 1983.

        The move set up an epic battle between Kawasaki’s air-cooled, two-valves-per-cylinder Inline-4 GPz750 and Honda’s liquid-cooled, four-valves-per-cylinder V-4 VF750F Interceptor. By the end of the season, the battle for the Championship came down to Wayne Rainey on the Kawasaki and Mike Baldwin on the Honda, with Rainey winning the title…

 

           —Historic Racebike Illustrations: AMA Superbikes Of The 1980s, by Mick Ofield

 

            It was a sea change in U.S. road racing—production-based Superbikes became the premier racing vehicles, and on those beasts a generation of American road racers prepared to conquer the Grand Prix world! Look back in detail at those fascinating “production” machines that were anything but “production” in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

 

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