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Yamaha January 7, 2016 posted by

Did we start a trend? Another 1998 1st gen YZF R1 (but in Australia)

It was only a month ago that we posted a first year YZF R1 for the first time and the response was very positive.   The 1st year edition of the YZF R1 (with the red and white bodywork) definitely seems to be a bike collectors are looking to acquire.

NOTE:  The success of the previous RSBFS posting may be causing a bit of a ripple effect with owners realizing they are sitting on a highly desirable bike.  We have seen this happen before with bikes like the 1st gen CBR900RR/Fireblade with prices climbing quickly once the 15 year mark is reached and people start trying to find first editions in good condition.

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1998 YZF R1 (1st year!) on ebay Australia

This particular 1st year R1 isn't quite as nice as the one we had listed back in December.   It looks to be intact with no major damage but there does seem to be a bit more aftermarket bits on this one, with an aftermarket exhaust, crash bungs, tank protector and turn signals all standing out.  The rear tail piece also looks to be non stock/a fender eliminator kit appears to be in place.   Oh and the rear mudguard/hugger seems to be missing.

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The seller indicates that this bike has been ridden but was then parked for several years.  Mileage and comments about a few rock chips does seem to match the statement.

Here is what the seller has to say (Good and bad groupings added by me, not seller - MJG).

Good

  • Carburetors ultrasonically cleaned
  • New fork seals and oil
  • Single seat cowl
  • Dark and stock screens
  • Service manual

Bad

  • There are some chips on the paint on the tank which have been spot repaired and are not very noticeable.
  • Would benefit from a professional tune and service
  • Needs a new battery as the present one does not crank for very long but does start the bike.
  • Aftermarket undertail, baglux tank bag and tank protector

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I do wish there were more pics of the bike, especially of the dash/gauges to confirm the listed 34,033 Klm.   Current price is about 5240 AUD which is about 3700 USD.   This price is well below what we saw the YZF R1 sell for late last year.

Personally I think this is a value opportunity for a collector.  Given that the majority of parts on the R1 didn't change between the first year and later bikes, I would think it wouldn't be too hard to find OEM turn signals, tail parts and a hugger if the seller wants to restore the bike to full OEM condition.  This particular 1998 YZF R1 is listed on ebay Australia with about a day to go so (seems to have been a 3 day auction) so Australia based RSBFS readers will need to move fast if this one is their list.

MG

Did we start a trend?  Another 1998 1st gen YZF R1 (but in Australia)
Yamaha March 13, 2013 posted by

A True Modern Classic: 1998 Yamaha YZF R1 (Switzerland)


The 1998 R1 was the most exciting news from Yamaha since the FZR750R (aka OW1). While the later R7 (750cc) represented the last exotic model (also labeled as OW2) it did fail to impress in terms of power unless you fitted the Yamaha racing kit (available at a premium on top of already an expensive buy). The 1998 1000cc motored YZF R1 with its 150 bhp and in its white and red colors was the real deal for the “masses”. In particular this color scheme, worked really well to launch the image of the R1 as an aggressive full-on super bike.

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With the beautifully sculpted Alu frame at display  (an evolution of the original Deltabox), a small and pointy cockpit and an up-in-the-air tail, this was a design that promised speed. Well, it wasn't only about the looks, the YZF didn't fail to deliver in terms of both performance and charisma. Even the name of this bike became something of a trademark. The public soon got used to call it simply the “R1”. The YZF label in large display in its first version soon became an anonymous code name that nobody cared about. In the later models the original YZF stickers on the fairing became smaller and smaller...to finally disappear (we still know rival’s Honda machines as CBRs).

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The model on sale here is available in Switzerland. While at RSBFS we like bikes in original trim, the aftermarket parts on this one only add value to it. These include an Öhlins steering damper and an Akrapovic muffler.

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Notice the understatement without the Akrapovic heat resistant sticker (the original exhaust is also provided by the seller). I think this 1998 R1 in its color scheme and with the beautiful touches is simply perfect !

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At a price of around 4800 $ I reckon this is inline with the market for such a sample.

If you are interested, check out this private sale by clicking on the link below:

1998 Yamaha YZF R1

Claudio

Reader Rides For Sale March 22, 2011 posted by

1998 Yamaha YZF R1

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 for sale

Location: L.A., California
Mileage: 10,640
Price: active bidding or $7,000 B.I.N

Yes, 7k is all the cheese for this one, but it looks to be in great shape and well cared for.

The owner is selling it as "100% stock, well almost stock".

A full compliment of seats, including the front, rear, and solo cowl in both Black, and Red colors.

520 chain conversion, utilizing a Renthal hard anodized rear sprocket and lightened front sprocket, with a DID ERV3 X-Ring Chain.

Muzzy's aluminum radiator fan, for (surprisingly legit!) increased cooling and reliability.

I also installed a brand-new OEM oil pan when I purchased the bike, because I found a helli-coil used in the oil drain plug to cover up stripped threads. I replaced the entire pan, with gasket, etc., of course.

Exceedingly rare, almost entirely unknown, GYTR Ohlins side-mount steering damper. You can see in the pics. Due to concerns over head-shake from the constant wheelies and absurdly short wheelbase, Yamaha made a stop-gap steering damper mount, and factory cut faux-carbon fairing piece, to accommodate Ohlins dampers, within weeks of launch and before the full commercial after-market units became available.

When I saw this today I got all giddy inside and remembered days gone by when these were king the hill. I wanted one so bad I could taste it, but they were all sold out and I had cash burning a hole in my pocket so I opted for the ZX9R. I don't regret it, but I'm always on the prowl for one of these just in case my wife leaves the checkbook unguarded.

I don't think these have quite matured just yet, but there are plenty of guys like me who are looking for the one that got away. These were bad a** back in the day and for me they still look very modern and capable.

If you're like me and always searching for "The one that got away" and yours just happens to be a red and white YZF R1-

Cheers!

doug

Yamaha June 15, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 for Sale

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I wouldn’t normally post something so relatively common on a bike about "rare" sportbikes, but this particular 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 is strikingly clean and low mileage, the kind of bike speculators or collectors might soon be snapping up. Japanese sportbikes offer performance, reliability, and ubiquity in equal portions. That’s kind of the point: you can get your bike serviced anywhere, parts are plentiful and cheap, and the bikes are fast and good-looking. Which is great, but they can hardly be considered rare or exotic in most cases. But the R1 is certainly an iconic machine and a defining bike of the modern era, so it’s significant and collectible. And in this kind of condition with miles this low, I think it counts as being pretty rare as well.

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Big-engined sportbikes were at one time also cursed with bloat: the ZX-11 and GSX-R1100 were certainly fast, but they were more GT and less sportbike. The CBR900RR showed the advantages of big-bike power combined with a light, agile platform, but that 900cc displacement left it without a class or real competitors, a bit like the situation the GSX-R750 has found itself in for most of the past decade.

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While the previous YZF1000 was a fast and sporty mile-muncher like the ZX-11, complete with anachronistic five-speed gearbox, Yamaha basically threw that bike completely out the window and started with a virtually clean-sheet design. Angular styling that’s far more svelte than what you’d normally find on a big-bore superbike and innovative features designed to maximize power-to-weight and help to keep that performance under control. The new bike was designed with a stacked gearbox. This allowed the most compact powertrain possible and maximized swingarm length within the wheelbase for improved traction. The bike was a revelation for period testers, who had to dig deep for hyperbole to describe a bike with a very real 150hp motivating just 450lbs wet.

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From the original eBay listing: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 for Sale

I could go on and on about this bike, but my guess is that you know what you're looking at, and want to hear more about this particular one. As you should already know, these bikes are very hard to find… Ok let me reframe that, these are hard to find that are original, low miles, and in good working and cosmetic condition. There are lots of used R1's that come up for sale now and again with lots of miles and wear but to me, these are not collector bikes, just used bikes.

This bike, in my opinion, is a “good" example of a collector bike. I say good, as it isn’t in the wrapper or perfect, and had more than one owner and not a lot of paperwork. It showed some wear and use, and took a little work to get it cleaned up back to stock after I purchased it. When I found this bike it was still being ridden very sparingly by its second owner who was looking to free up some money for his new family in Michigan. It had the usual used bike stuff done to it, fender cut, blinkers changed, aftermarket windscreen and grips, aftermarket sprocket (everybody thought changing the sprocket was a big deal back then), and braided front brake lines, most of which he still had the original parts to go with the bike (which is always a good thing).

From the viewpoint of a collector, I really liked this bike because of its originality, it was the first year and had a low VIN (...000047), so this was 47th off the production line. The condition and the mileage as well as the color pulled me in - very few red and white ones seem to come up that often. It was in great shape, all the plastics were original as far as I could tell and not all scratched up. No pitting on the headlights, and rims were in nice shape -- no excessive marks which would be indicative of multiple tire changes.  It does have low miles and the bike should tell that story -- and it did. The tank was clean, no rust or paintwork had been done and it started right up and ran and idled very well… we agreed on a number and I brought the bike home. Once home the bike was stripped down to frame and motor (as seen in the pictures below), cleaned, and everything non-stock or should I say non-OEM was replaced other than front braided brake line and rear sprocket (I think I have the OEM rear sprocket and forgot to replace it with the original).

The bike was in great shape - detailed, oil and filter changed, fuel and air filters changed, tank and carbs drained, battery removed and discarded then put into climate controlled storage (so you will need to buy a new battery). I have all the receipts of parts that were ordered and installed. I have the bill of sale from the original owner to the second owner back in 2000 (nice touch). All put into a binder for the new owner. This bike would make a nice addition to an existing collection and or start a new one. This bike is surely going to appreciate over time. Please take the time to look over the pictures in great detail and decide if this bike is the right fit for you, ask questions if needed. Good luck and have fun!

The bike comes with:

2 keys

Binder with all paperwork that I have

Service manual

Owner's manual

Original tool kit

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Certainly, as the seller points out, there are plenty of well-used R1s out there for folks in search of decent cheap speed. There are connoisseurs out there who will battle it out in the forums over which generation R1 is the best. But whichever you prefer, it’s hard to argue that the original will likely be the most collectible and, if you've been considering adding one of these to your stable, you're very unlikely to find one this clean and original outside of an unregistered bike sitting in a crate somewhere.

-tad

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 L Front

Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 for Sale
Sport Bikes For Sale March 5, 2016 posted by

Storage Wards – 2006 Yamaha YZF-1000 R1 50th Anniversary

Sometimes you have to look past the head-scratchiness of an offering, because it is just that special.  This strange auction of a contemporary classic R1 in 50th Anniversary Roberts colors, along with its storage unit buddy ( a 2012 Panigale TriColore ) is one of those times.

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2006 Yamaha YZF-1000 R1 50th Anniversary Edition for sale on eBay

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The liter-bike wars were raging in the mid-2000's, and the bikes were getting downright serious, closing in of 200 hp, but without today's electronics keeping an eye on things.  Yamaha's flagship had a Genesis 5-valve head and booked 174 hp.  The swingarm had been lengthened 16mm to stabilize the handling under acceleration, and the R1 reviewed as not very flickable but rock-steady when set in a corner.  The beautiful castings of the Deltabox frame were accompanied by top-line Ohlins suspension, tuned by the racing department.  320mm front discs are grabbed by radially mounted 4-piston calipers, with 220 mm rear.  Forged Marchesini wheels were also part of the 50th Anniversary special, and reduced unsprung weight significantly.  The knife-sharp bodywork was available in corporate blue or black, but the Roberts team colors were part of the 50th edition.

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Parked in a Vegas storage unit before it was ever registered, this is a no-mile superbike.  Not much in the way of photographs, but the owner says this in the eBay auction:

I am selling both motorcycles as a package deal, and I am willing to sell them separately since they quite expensive for both.

The photos speak for themselves, pristine condition, not a single scratch on either bike and the 2012 Ducati 1199S Tricolore edition only has 2700 miles on it.  Yamaha has never been registered and engine has been sealed to prevent any damage these last 10 years it has been waiting for a good collector to realize the value of such a magnificent motorcycle.  
But if you are a true collector and interested in the Yamaha R1 50th Anniversary Edition with 0 miles and kept in pristine condition reach me to discuss options.  Email is possible too.
Yamaha is a Limited Edition model, only 500 of them are made and it has a VERY special number stamped on it.  I will not e-mail you photos of the number because too many people simply want to collect photos every time I have put this up for sale previously.

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There's almost always a travel deal going to Vegas, so a live inspection should be possible and is always better than any pictures.  Especially at the ask, it'd be hard to imagine putting this zero-mile 50th Anniversary special back on the road, but it would be a ground-shaking ride.  And the number ?  Kenny Roberts rode a lot of number 2 machines, and was partial to 1 also, maybe the new owner will comment and say what's stamped on this R1 ( and maybe why Starry Night )...

-donn

Storage Wards – 2006 Yamaha YZF-1000 R1 50th Anniversary
Sport Bikes For Sale December 16, 2015 posted by

1st Beyond the Blade: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1, unit #79

"The final great sport bike of the nineties. The Honda CBR900RR/FireBlade may have set the agenda and the Ducati 916 may have added finesse but the Yamaha YZF-R1 topped them off with extra power and madness. Even today the original Yamaha YZF-R1 is a sports tool to be reckoned with."

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When writing a post for RSBFS, the following are typical criteria considered by this humble poster:

  • Did it introduce a new dynamic (in either looks or technology)?  
  • Did it exceed/elevate the standard of the time?  
  • What is the condition of the offered example?  
  • How many were produced/is it the first or last year edition of the model?  
  • Where is it located?  
  • Do I want it more than I want to spend a weekend under the covers with Christina Hendricks and Charlotte McKinney?  Opps.. I digress.

Let me just conclude by saying this first year Yamaha YZF R1 certainly seems to meet all the approved criteria as a Rare Sport Bike and is worthy for a post on RSBFS.

The YZF-R1 (typically referred to as just the 'R1') is truly one of the seminal sportbikes bikes of the late 1990's, a time period which also gave us the Ducati 916, Honda Fireblade, Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX7RR.    The R1 was Yamaha's "beat-the-blade" bike, a response to the CBR900RR/Fireblade which had been introduced 6 years earlier.  The Honda had moved the goal posts of what a 1000cc sportbike could be, introducing a 120 hp 900cc sportbike no bigger than a 600cc.  While the CBR/Fireblade was revolutionary, success on the track was limited.   The R1 was a clean sheet response, a 150 hp (non-ram aired!) sportbike sized like a 400cc machine, a bike with handling, braking and stability that moved the goal posts yet again and formed the basis of Yamaha's racing effort for the next several seasons.

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1998 Yamaha YZF R1 on ebay US

This particular YZF-R1 is in almost unbelievable condition for a non-crate bike.   I see no missing pieces, the turn signals look to be OEM as do the windscreen and mirrors which are all impressive considering the habits of a lot of 1990's owners to go for flush mounted signals, aftermarket mirrors and god-awful anodized accents.  The only non-stock item appears to be an exhaust and the seller indicates the original is included (its in the pics, just not mounted).   The bike does appear to be a true first year model as evidenced by the the uber-rare white-over-red bodywork and the seller's eBay auction pic that shows the VIN#, not a re-skinned 99 or later model

Note:  The demand for the YZF in the US was so great that many potential buyers were forced to wait for the 2000-2001 model.   This has led some to incorrectly identify the all blue 2000-2001 model as the first year of the YZF-R1 in the US which is incorrect.

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Here is what the seller has to say:

  • You are looking at one of the first 80 Yamaha R1's ever produced in the desired red/white livery, most likely rolled off the assembly line in the first day of production. 
  • 5359 miles.
  • Runs/stops fantastic and everything works as it should.
  • All original (I have the original exhaust as you can see in the pics).  However, I do not have the original owners manual, toolkit or passenger seat cover.
  • Tires have approximately 400 miles on them. 
  • Never been down plastics are just about perfect, the only blemishes are a small nick on right side of tank, a scuff on top triple clamp and some blemishes on the front wheel paint (I have pointed these out in pics and the video attached to the auction).

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What's this 1st year Blade killer worth?  Well the R1 is still being offered by Yamaha so having one isn't going to wow anyone at bike night.   Also I don't know the extent of the difference between the first year and later editions, from what I have read its fairly small but parts would need to be factored in to any decision.

To be honest, I really think this one is going to appeal most to collectors of first year bikes and I have to admit I would love to see it take up residence next to a first year red/blue CBR 900RR. It's significance, low mileage and condition will probably command a price a bit above its current $3,950 USD price (reserve not met), my personal target would be slightly under $5,ooo USD for this one.   We are unlikely to see one like this again for quite some time so if its on your list, better act fast (pun intended).

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

1st Beyond the Blade:  1998 Yamaha YZF-R1, unit #79

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