They say to never judge a book by its cover, but in the magazine industry a cover is what catches your eye, draws you in, and informs you about the top stories that are contained within the magazine’s pages.
We revved up the first issue of 1996 with a comparison between the 1996 Yamaha YZF600R and the 1996 Honda CBR600F3 and also took a look at naked bikes like the Buell S1 Lightning, Ducati Monster, and Triumph Speed Triple.
The main highlight of the April 1996 issue and the story that claimed the cover story slot was a battle between the Ducati 916, Honda CBR900RR, and Kawasaki ZX-9R where we found out how each of these brutes compared to one another. The Ducati 916 was the bike to take first, followed by the Honda, then the Kawasaki.
April also showered you with fast laps aboard Tom Kipp’s AMA 750 SuperSport championship-winning Vance & Hines YZF750, the Smokin’ Joe’s RC45 Superbike, as well as the Cycle Motion’s Suzuki GSX-R1146.
A power struggle dominated the June cover where both Kawasaki and Suzuki unleashed the reworked ZX-7R and GSX-R750 to “unseat Yamaha from the 750cc throne.” Additionally, we took three SuperSport racers (the CBR600F3, GSX-R750, and ZX-7R specifically) to the AMA and local club circuits to see how they stacked up.
Stomping our way to the end of the year, August featured a head-to-head between the reworked Kawasaki ZX-6R and Honda’s CBR600F3. What kept you reading was a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most prestigious and demanding races in the world, the Daytona 200.
October and December notably closed out the year with two epic comparisons including the 1996 UFO comparison and the Bike of the Year battle, respectively.
You can keep reminiscing by looking at our other galleries or stay tuned for the 1997 cover gallery.