The year was 1984. I was 21 years old and making pretty good money working in a paint shop. I had been riding a 78 GS1000E for several years, and was ready for the new wave of sportbikes that were being built in Japan. I read every new motorcycle road test I could find on the latest/best/fastest each month. By July of 84 I had made a decision and bought a Sliver/Red FJ1100...still one of the best looking bikes built by Yamaha in my mind. It was a rocket, and I fell in love at first touch. But development moved incredibly fast in the 80's, and only a few months later I saw a bike that has haunted me ever since. A home market only aluminum frame RZV500R genuine GP replica of the likes never seen before. There was also the export version RZ/RD500 with standard steel frame and other less cool standard parts...possibly more accessible through Canada I was thinking.