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Old 08-02-2013, 11:33 PM   #16
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The '72 Z1 wuz actually a 900 that totally dominated that era; it t'wuz the shiznit! Them others came much later.
i know,but imho that was the start of the one up man ship era
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:42 AM   #17
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I've noticed a lot of posts refer to many different motorcycles as the "first superbike". It seems it is usually one which is a favorite of whomever makes the claim. I personally like Nortons and remember reading that the first time "superbike" was used in print was in reference to a Norton Commando. I don't know if this is true, but i'd like think so.

So the question is.....Who said it first?
Dont know who said it first but my clear memory from back in the 70's was that a "superbike" had to 750cc or more and capable of more than 160kmh (100mph).
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:53 AM   #18
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The '72 Z1 wuz actually a 900 that totally dominated that era; it t'wuz the shiznit! Them others came much later.
1973 was the first of the Z1s, I had serial # 3707. I agree the Z1 dominated that era.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:12 AM   #19
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This is it here, the bikes that were a big step up from just a fast bike like a Bonnie or Lightning. Really it was the BSA/Triumph triples, the Commando and the CB750, the Mach III was a nasty smelly noisy thing that would fly past any of the others in a straight line. They are the line in the sand for the serious performance bikes of the '70's.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:55 AM   #20
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To me there were no superbikes until there was a class of production racing introduced by the AMA called "Superbike". The first Superbike champion was Reg Pridmore and he won aboard a BMW R90 boxer in 1976. The next championship winning machine was a Ducati 750SS called the 'California Hot Rod'.

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Old 08-03-2013, 06:02 AM   #21
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Kawasaki Z1. That was the first one.

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Old 08-03-2013, 06:13 AM   #22
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:56 AM   #23
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Hot dang! My very first bike, an awesome T-500 was a superbike!!!! It's true, Cycle magazine said so! Z1...Pah!!!! Just another poser.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:25 AM   #24
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Oh yeah! Suzuki T500 original SUPERBIKE!!!!

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Old 08-03-2013, 12:20 PM   #27
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1976 was the first year AMA sanctioned a "superbike" class. I would make and argument for the BMW R90S, but... The Z1 takes it. I know it hard to believe, but Reg Pridmore won the first Superbike season on a BMW.
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #30
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By the time I got my Commando 750 interstate (a dreaded '72) in 1978 they were not super-bikes. However, I lusted after one from day one, (I am sure the ads had something to do with it but of course I'd have denied that) but they didn't seem as fast or certainly were not nearly as refined or exotic as the CB750, which by then had been a round 2-3 years. It wasn't any superbike insofar as reliability or practicality. It was, and remains, beautiful - maybe it should have been called a supermodel.

Since I have no experience with a Vincent or Burrough I'd vote for the Z1 as the first superbike, even though the CB750 came first and is a very close second. Wasn't a BSA Rocket III as fast as the first year CB750? when the Z1 appeared there wasn't anything as fast or "super".
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