As good as the 158-mph original was, a major 1989 makeover made it much better. Every facet of the recast FZR was stiffer, stronger, sharper or all of the above. Priced a bit above its peers at $7600, the second-generation bike was as close to a proper racebike as you could buy. Its fortified 138-horsepower engine was a monster from 5000 to 9500 rpm, largely thanks to a thoroughly revised respiratory tract and what Yamaha's acronym engineers called the Exhaust Ultimate Power Valve-aka EXUP. A shorter, stiffer version of Yamaha's Deltabox aluminum skeleton and new 17-inch wheels delivered the sort of inspirational chassis feedback necessary to apply that midrange whack. But such grip comes at a price.