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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 March 13, 2018 posted by

The beginning: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1

After lagging slightly behind throughout the '90s with a host of beautiful-but-dated or comfortable and fast-but-heavy steeds, Yamaha came out of its corner swinging in '98 with the all-new R1. It was covered in decals advertising age-old Yamaha marketing terms like Genesis and Ex-Up, but the new machine was a beast the way the CBR900RR had been five years earlier.

1998 Yamaha R1 for sale on eBay

With the gearbox slammed on top of the output shaft, the R1 had a tiny wheelbase, weighed nothing and made in the neighborhood of 140 horsepower. There were few superlatives at the time to do it justice, and the line it spawned continues to set the benchmark for sportbikes.

This 1998 Yamaha R1 wears the distinct red-and-white livery, which I much prefer over the blue and silver that was also on offer. It is clean enough to eat your dinner off of, and has turned in just shy of 10,000 miles.

From the eBay listing:

1998 Yamaha YZF-R1

Quite possibly the most sought after collectible production Japanese Sport Bike of the last 25 years. No sportbike collection is complete without one and they are becoming very hard to find.

This is a wonderful example of a one owner 1998 Yamaha R1 in the coveted Red & White. Is it perfect? No. Is it super clean and probably the nicest one for sale in the country today? Yes.

A true 9993 miles, runs like new and everything works perfectly. This R1 has spent its whole life in an air conditioned garage.

The R1 has a couple of period correct mods that include an under tail eliminator and flush mount turn signals. The bike could easily be reconfigured to completely stock as the parts are all still available from Yamaha for around $300.

The amazing thing is that it still has its factory exhaust, windscreen, levers and the paint and decals are in exceptionally fresh condition. The only blem is a small crack in the paint on the tank that just appeared when it was about two years old.

As the magazines of the time dubbed it “Twitchy Bitch” it of course has an Ohlins steering damper.

Now for a couple of very cool and rare bits. Along with the R1 comes the original dealer large vinyl showroom marketing poster, original brochure and a genuine Yamaha accessory seat cowl. As a Yamaha dealer for the better part of twenty years, I had never seen another poster or brochure.

This is a “no reserve” auction and the bike will sell.

Bid strong as this may be the last best chance to add this to your sportbike collection.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email or call.

Happy Bidding!

Jason

It will not be long before these beasts start seeing their values climb, much the same way slab-side Gixxers have of late. This one is offered with no reserve, and yet is north of $5,000 with a healthy chunk of time left in the auction. We'd jump on this one while the jumping is good.

The beginning: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1
Yamaha February 1, 2018 posted by

Pre-R1: One-owner 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace

Before Yamaha dropped its lithe, world-beating R1 in 1998, it had already set the bar pretty high for itself with the YZF1000R Thunderace, which took home bike of the year honors in '97. Elsewhere around the globe, the YZF1000R was sold for seven years, stepping in as a blistering sport touring mount once the R1 came out.

In the U.S., the 1997 Yamaha YZF 1000R was a one-year only machine, bridging the gap between the FZR1000 and the R1. Never officially dubbed the Thunderace in this country, the name followed the American-market bikes, chiefly because it is the best motorcycle name of all time. Thunderace. Thunderace. The name alone is a trump card at any cruise-in parking lot peacock session.

"Oh, you bought the CBGSXR1000? Cool. I bought a Thunderace." Doesn't matter whose goes from zero to Mach Chicken the quickest anymore. Thunderace ... 

Sorry. Got a little sidetracked there. The Thunderace seen here has lived its whole life with one owner, and somehow has only covered 8,000 miles in that time. It has some aftermarket bolt-ons, but all the stock pieces are accounted for and will convey in the sale.

From the eBay listing:

I am the original owner of this 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace. There is not a single scratch on the machine, it was never raced, and it only has 8097 miles on it. It won bike of the year in 1997, which is why I bought it. The tires literally have about 100 miles on them. Currently, Heli Bar clips on's are installed, but the buyer can have the original handlebars also. I have my Corbin saddle on it now, but I have the original seat, and I still have the original exhaust pipe as well. This is an absolutely fantastic motorcycle, but I need to make room in the garage and buy a truck. My loss is your gain. You may come see it in the 18940 zip code or I can ride it or trailer it to you, as long as your distance is reasonable.

With just  a $4,200 buy-it-now price, the bar for entry into a really cool one-year-only sportbike is very, very low. Jump in while you can.

Pre-R1: One-owner 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace
Yamaha December 10, 2017 posted by

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE

Yamaha dreamed up a 50th birthday present for them and us in 2006, and made only 1000 copies. Serial number 002 was put in storage without even a celebratory ride and is available as new.  It's a show and go affair with Roberts-era racing colors and 174 hp.

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary #002 for sale on eBay

The R1 was first introduced in 1998, and improved over the years with fuel injection, underseat exhaust, more aerodynamic fairing, and 2006 was the last model year to use the 5-valve Genesis engine.  For this year the reinforced swingarm was extended, and a factory slipper clutch system added.  The commemorative edition has Ohlins front and rear, forged Marchesini wheels, and a data-logging race dash.

 

Presented by a Las Vegas specialty dealer, this LE looks showroom new.  No history to speak of, but they did say in the eBay auction:

Please enjoy viewing this 2006 Yamaha  R1 anniversary Limited edition.  It has been professionally "mothballed" in order to store it without damaging the bike. It has never been ridden and has 0 miles on it.  This is #2 of 500 made and #1 is in the Yamaha museum.  Included with this bike is everything that came with the bike along with a special tool kit only made for this bike.

 

Likely the mileage and low serial number will be of more interest than the late R1's reputation as a forgiving superbike, ready to rack up the miles.  The 50th anniversary is also a milestone as for 2007 Yamaha returned to a more typical 4-valve head.  Fun to think that a skilled rider could take this ten year-old superbike right out and ( after a stop at the tire dealer ) turn a 10-second quarter mile...

-donn

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE

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