Great bikes, not had one myself but know people who have. As per many 5 valve Yams of the era, they can use a drop of oil. Also, the 6 pot calipers are known for not being fantastic and pistons can get sticky. Blue spots from an R1 are much better and bolt on with a minor mod to the fork legs. Other than that, not a lot goes wrong and they are a great handling all rounder.
Fuel switch can fail Exup valves stick Can use a bit of oil (and blow oil when pushed a bit) 6 pots are well 6 pots
Big comfy bike with excellent suspension. Double check the frame hasn't been re-stamped. I really liked mine on the road. You will find it big and heavy compared to an LC. Also prices 12 months ago were £1k for a half decent one. You are looking at £3k plus now. Go for the SP if you can find one. The R is OK and the R7 a bit extreme but very special.
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Mike aka Motomovers(kopite30) has an original SP for sale.
I owned one in the mid 90s, most bland bike I ever owned and it unfortunately far too common with these, it drank oil, in fact it used more oil than the LC on a run ( I jest not)...Was dyno'd at 107BHP but the power curve was flat and uninteresting.
Mine was a later one with the fake Ohlins shock but as they come , they are too heavy and under powered and as Phil mentions above, the EXUP valve sticks if it isnt serviced or the bike sits too long, the finish is about the worse Yamaha offered of any bike as well.
For the money, a 750 SRAD would be my choice, more durable, much lighter, more power , feels like a 750 should, far more exciting and still a decent handling bike now..
I had a YZF 750R It was an M plate. Approx 1995 model. I loved it. Had it in the time everyone else had 900cc fireblades. Had no problems keeping up. Great bike. As said they do use a tiny bit of oil, as most high revving 4 strokes do. The exup valve in the exhaust can stick, depends if its been looked after and stripped/cleaned greased. As for the fuel switch, its just that, a switch. From what i remember it pretty much does nothing anyway. Fuel low light comes on and you flick the switch Id also check service history see if valve shims are due or have been done.
If YA can't ride it Park it!!
I own a 2 stroke which is bad .....but i buy dolphin friendly tuna so i feel im doin my bit for the environment If your not livin on the edge ur takin up too much room!