I had an '88 FZR1000 Genesis around 1990-1995. Loved that bike. Rock solid and hard charging. Fit me great back then (6'4" 210lbs). Rode it like I wasn't afraid of it. That was back during my college years, and other than changing the oil, not much was done to this bike. Prior bike was an '85 FZ 750, which was also fantastic and got me hooked on Yamahas. Never had a single issue with that bike in five, hard years.
Fast forward 22 years and I got the itch again, finding a beautiful one-owner, low mile '87 FZR1000 at a dealership in DFW. The bike came from PA and was bounced around by a couple of dealers before I got it, where it was serviced by a former pro Yamaha mechanic. So she was ready to go. It took a week or so to get used to the bike again but, man, I love it. Takes me back and screams just like I remember. Having a costly blast sourcing some of the typical wear parts, many coming from Europe, Australia, Canada and Japan. In love all over again. Outside of the '89 and '91 exup paint schemes, the '87-88s are my favorite.
Just this week I was lucky enough to recently purchase a '97 YZF1000 from the original owner (also in PA) and am looking forward to spending some saddle time on that bike and reviewing it here. I consider that the last iteration of the FZR1000.
In fairness to you guys who have ridden newer bikes (as compared to my 31-year old FZR), I haven't owned a street bike since my '88 model. So I have nothing to compare my '87 to (nothing modern). So while I have no doubt there are dozens of newer makes/models that would destroy my FZR, I'll never know and am cool with that.