Those of you under 30 might not believe this but Japan once was the world’s most feared and envied economic superpower. Through various means the island nation once owned the television market, shamed the U.S. auto industry out of complacency, and became the world’s greatest maker of motorized two-wheel transportation. Not only that, but once established, the Japanese made some of the most amazing sport bikes the planet has ever seen too.
The genus may have gotten its inception in England and Europe, but by the ’70, it was the Japanese that were pumping out some of the best and most innovative sport bikes. So impactful were they that even today England’s Triumph bikes are made from parts sourced from Japan. Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki have all made a name for themselves as a major maker of major bikes, but which of their wares is the best? What do you think is Japan’s greatest performance bike?