In the beginning, there was the Honda VF750F Interceptor, and it was good. Then came the original GSX-R750 of 1986, and suddenly it was off to the races. Flyin' Fred Merkel won the first World Superbike championship on a 750cc Honda RC30 in 1988. Kawasaki eventually showed up with its ZX-7R (and ZX-7RR with aluminum tank, vacuum-hose induction and flatslide carburetors). Not long after that came Honda's $27K RC45, then the Yamaha YZF750SP—all of them built to beat the Ducati 916 on the field of battle. Before the rule change that gave Superbikes 1000cc, the 750 class was where it was at, a movable feast of the trickiest technology and crackiest characters in both AMA and World Superbike, including Anthony Gobert, Scott Russell, Fogarty, Haga, B. Bostrom, et al.