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Yamaha September 5, 2015 posted by

Thunder, Thunder, Thunderace! Sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale

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Yamaha's YZF1000 wasn't a big seller, and was available in the US for only one year, making this an extremely rare bike here. Five valves, five gears, and 1003cc's should tell you pretty much all you need to know about this bike. Known as the "Thunderace" in many markets, the big YZF was a strange mix of high and low tech: it used Yamaha's sophisticated five-valve inline four mated to a five-speed transmission. But the engine's wide powerband means you really don't need that sixth cog anyway.

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This was really more a bike in the spirit of Kawasaki's ZX-11 than one of today's highly-strung, just barely under 1000cc machines. 147hp is still nothing to sneeze at today, especially when combined with a claimed 435lbs dry weight, and older literbikes like this were built for fast, two-up traveling, with midrange power undreamed of by today's screaming twins and fours.

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And if those brakes look like they've been fitted fitted from a later R1, you'd be partly correct: the Thunderace was famous for its excellent brakes and was the first model to feature the one-piece, four-piston "blue spot" calipers that were later used on the R1.

This bike looks to be in excellent, well-maintained shape, considering its age. From the original eBay listing: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale

This model, Yamaha YZF1000R  in USA for one year only, 1997.  Last all purpose supersport  (not RR) with carbs.  198 kg (437 lbs) dry. Genesis 5-valve motor145 hp (133rw hp), forged (not cast) pistons, drag coefficient .29, forged aluminum rims, steering damper.  Frame is 5kg less than YZF 750R, hence equivalent dry weight w/20+hp advantage and more robust 5spd transmission carried on from FZR 1000.  Runs, shifts, handles as new.  New tires, brake pads, battery, chain, filters, all fluids.  Billet aluminum swingarm, smoked windshield.  Always kept in dry garage under cover. 

Extremely well kept overall, but for one repairable chip on upper left fairing, and one very small (1.25") stress crack on right lower fairing. Chip shows on photo, crack too small to easily show here. Small chip at rear of white fiberglass cowling cap also too small to easily show. D&D carbon fiber exhaust as new with original aluminum exhaust nearly mint condition. Flush mounted front signals with originals included and shown.

From MC Review (see masterfairings.com blog):  "The last breed of the classic old school superbikes that Yamaha aimed to produce on an international level ... it's just overall a brilliant bike."

In a December 1996 Car & Driver Magazine comparison test of Yamaha YZF1000R with Dodge Viper the bike won all acceleration tests, top gear roll on, etc., but greasy dusty track at Willow Springs  favored Viper until its motor blew and it DNF.

Scarcity and and content quality make this one a collectible low cost supersport ride.  Bike is beautiful, fast and comfortable, but not for beginner.

It's not in perfectly original condition, although the seller does have the original exhaust can and turn signals if you'd prefer a dead-stock look. That clutch lever does look a bit bent, but that could be the result of a simple tip-over, something to be expected in a bike of this age.

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 L Fairing

The simple white-and-red panels on this bike have aged extremely well and give it a more sophisticated style that stand out in a sea of wild, paint-splash neon zebra designs that were popular during the 1990's. All-in-all, with just 17,000 miles on the clock and $3,400 Buy It Now price, this represents a killer deal for sportbike fans on a budget.

-tad

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 R Side

Thunder, Thunder, Thunderace! Sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale
Yamaha August 6, 2015 posted by

Second Coming: 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 for Sale

1999 Yamaha R7 R Side Front

Introduced in 1999 and sold for just two years, the exotic Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 was the long-awaited successor to the OW01 of the late 1980's, a barely-legal roadbike intended to homologate the R7 for World Superbike competition. But after just two years, Yamaha pulled the plug on the bike and their WSBK team as well. Was it because Yamaha felt their inline four couldn't be competitive in a series whose rules heavily favored v-twins? Possibly: even Honda gave up on their RC45 to run twins, a move which saw them achieve the success they'd been seeking, but unable to find with their V4 superbikes.

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Regardless, the R7 featured tiny details all over the bike that made it more than just another roadbike: the steering geometry could be changed to suit rider preference, with rake, trail, and the steering head all adjustable. The 749cc engine, as you'd expect, featured Yamaha's five-valve heads. Dead stock, the bike made a disappointing 106hp, but that was simply to appease emissions and safety legislation. Each bike has a second, dormant set of injectors that could be activated. Along with a race-kit and a carbon airbox that added a ram-air effect, the two sets of injectors unleashed the full race-spec 162hp.

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Of course, this led to a corresponding loss of reliability. Hardly a concern for race teams, but a bit of problem if you wanted to use your R7 on the road. Some owners just said "screw it" and fitted an R1 engine, which seems sacrilegious, until you realize the swap probably captures the R7 experience in terms of power, if not in terms of the original engine's appetite for revs...

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From the original eBay listing: 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 for Sale

The bike is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition with only 6490 Kilometers (4032 Miles). The Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 is a race homologation motorcycle of limited production run of only 500 units. It was designed to compete in the Superbike World Championship and Suzuka 8 Hours endurance races.

The second set of fuel injectors have been activated (only 4 of 8 are activated from the factory), also included are the supporting YEC kit parts:
carbon fiber airbox
velocity stacks
throttle and cables
fuel pump
fuel regulator

I also have the OEM versions of these parts.

When the power is turned on to the bike, the oil light flashes 5 times, meaning the ECU supports
all 8 fuel injectors being activated.

This R7 had the crank recall done at Wilson Yamaha in Fresno California where the bike was originally purchased.

Also, this R7 is titled and plated in CA. There are no back DMV fees due, the bike is in non-operation status.

I also have the factory assembly manual and YEC kit manual.

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As is so often the case, I'd love some better photographs: seriously, if you upload them and realize they're kinda blurry, you can go back and reshoot them. Especially if you're expecting top-dollar for your bike.

And with a Buy It Now price of $22,000 the seller certainly is. Although with some pretty serious bidding going on, it looks like the market isn't caring so much about those poor-quality photos...

-tad

1999 Yamaha R7 R Side

Second Coming: 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 for Sale
Yamaha June 23, 2015 posted by

Forgotten Favorite – 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R

1997 Yamaha YZF-750R on eBay

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As a YZF-750R owner myself, I'm always looking for them and at them.  They don't turn up very often.  Unfortunately the YZF-750R will always be overlooked as it comes in between the legendary FZR-750 OW-01 and the drop dead sexy Yamaha R7 and also the revolutionary Yamaha R1.  However, it really is a great motorcycle that performed admirably on the track (in SP trim) having propelled the likes of Scott Russell, Noriyuki Haga and Colin Edwards to wins in both AMA Superbike and World Superbike races.  It was also a dominant force in British Superbike Racing, with Niall Mackenzie taking three straight BSB Championships on the YZF-750R.

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This one looks like it's in pretty nice shape with only a few minor stress cracks in the plastics.  That might be an issues for somebody looking to restore it 100% though, as fairings are very hard to come by.  So, I guess the only solution would be to not worry about it ride the thing!  You might actually enjoy it!

Here's a few details from the seller and you can check out the auction and more pictures here: 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R on eBay

Here is a chance to get a rare and very low mileage classic sport bike.  Read up on the history of these bikes......they are really starting to go up in value.  It won the bike of the decade.........pretty impressive with the bikes that were being pumped out in the 90's.  You can easily push these to 160 HP with a few mods.  This one is 100% stock other than a Stage 1 jet kit that was installed by the dealer to help with a flat spot on the curve.

The bike does have a few small stress cracks in the fairings at the typical locations.  This bike has never been laid down and overall shows very well for its age.  Also I cracked the windshield last fall when I was putting the bike away for the winter putting the cover on.  The cover comes with the bike.

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Forgotten Favorite – 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R
Yamaha March 28, 2015 posted by

Thunder Ace! 1996 Yamaha YZF1000R in AUS

Here is one we haven't had on RSBFS since 2008, a Yamaha YZF1000R which is also known as the ThunderAce.

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1996 Yamaha 1000 YZF Thunderace on ebay australia

The introduction of the Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade pretty much made every other 1000cc+ sporbike  look over-sized and overweight.  The major Japanese manufacturers quickly recognized that the Fireblade required a response but each responded in a different way;  Kawasaki marketed their 750cc ZX7 and ZX7R based championship pedigree while beginning to follow Honda into the 900cc segment (eventually producing the ZX9) while Suzuki focused on creating an ultra-light GSX-750R. As for Yamaha, the company was in the middle of a major restructuring and didn't have a comparable bike in the pipeline. Yamaha instead did a bit of "tinkering" and in 1996 brought out the YZF1000/ThunderAce.

The YZF1000/ThunderAce took the 145 bhp four-cylinder engine from the FZR1000 and slotted it into a modifed YZF750R frame. When it was announced in 1995, motorcyclists magazines expressed worry that the YZF 1000 would be a bit of a "parts-bin-special".  But in typical Yamaha fashion, Yamaha took the existing bits and tweaked them while offering some nice new goodies in the package.  The ThunderAce came with a re-tuned engine to improve mid-range power with the result being usable power from as low as 2000 rpm and additional thrust which increased incredibly quickly as the revs climbed.

As the reviews at motorcyclist.com wrote,

"At 3500 rpm it gets serious, and by 5000 the big Yamaha launches you into orbit, pulling cleanly with seamless, linear power all the way up to its 11,500 rpm redline.  Carburation is good with no flat spots or hesitation.  The bike launches you down the road showing 70 mph in first gear and 100 mph in second....Keep on redlining it in each of the gears and you'll find yourself heading for what feels like a world land speed record with an indicated 170 mph showing on the dials flat out in top gear."

Yamaha also equipped the ThunderAce with some comfort oriented features that the CBR900RR/Fireblade didn't have, including a much better pillion/passenger seat setup than the Fireblade, a larger fairing that offered better wind protection/comfort on long rides, comprehensive instrumentation and plenty of luggage mounting points.  The ThunderAce also marked the first appearance of Yamaha’s new four-piston brake calipers, which make other bikes six-piston designs look out of date

Note:  The same brake calipers later adorned Yamahas seminal R1, the bike which finally eclipsed the CBR900RR/Fireblade.

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This particular ThunderAce is located in Melbourne Australia and shows 38,600 kilometers which translates to about 24,000 miles.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • starts first time, never dropped or raced
  • 4 small marks on bodywork
  • a small 1 cm piece of the pillion seat is torn but an easy fix,
  • over all bike is very good condition but has been sitting for a long time

 

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While the condition isn't perfect I don't see any evidence of major damage or modifications.  Minor changes seem to be mostly cosmetic; a possibly trimmed license plate holder, an aftermarket windscreen and a tank scratch protector.

So now we come to the question of whether this ThunderAcee is worth the $3,100 AUD/$2,500 USD asking price.    Since the bike has been parked for a while, fresh fluids and rubber would probably be required and this cost should be considered.   Also, while the YZF1000 meets the rare sportbike criteria of not selling in huge numbers, it doesn't really have any tech or racing pedigree or other factor that could causes a major appreciation in value "down the road" for a collector.  On the other hand, you never really know which bikes will suddenly become the hot collectible...and this is a 1996 model which was the first year of the ThunderAce and first or last year bikes are typically the ones that collectors crave.

So to put it simply its a bit rare and needs a bit of work/money invested.  Personally I think this is a great opportunity for someone to get a a good all around 1000cc sportbike that they could enjoy and still stand out at their local bike night.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Thunder Ace!  1996 Yamaha YZF1000R in AUS
Yamaha March 27, 2015 posted by

Cheap Thrills – 1994 Yamaha FZR1000

1994 Yamaha FZR1000 on eBay

 FZR1000_rightside

Yamaha's FZR1000 brought a lot to the table.  It was a bike that did a lot of things well.  It was lighter than the competing ZX-11 and GSXR-1000 and every bit as fast.  It was also fairly comfortable for a sportbike which made it a very capable highway hauler.  It also wasn't shy, as you can see by the colors here.  Love it or hate it, you couldn't miss it.  Pick a color in the rainbow and it's in there somewhere.  The FZR1000 would eventually be phased out by Yamaha's game changing YZF-R1, but not before being dubbed Cycle World's "Bike of the Decade" at the end of the 80s.

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This particular example appears to have been well cared for during it's 20+ years, only amassing about 1000 miles per year in the process.  The owner lists some basic maintenance and history in his eBay listing seen here: 1994 Yamaha FZR1000 on eBay

Hello, and thank you for viewing my listing.  Up for sale is my 1994 Yamaha FZR 1000.  I've owned it since 2009, and it's been a great bike!  The only maintenance that I've had to do is to fix the speedometer shortly after I purchased it, and replace the fork seals (2012), other than that it's just been tires, batteries, and oil changes.   It runs great with no issues whatsoever.  The plastics are in near perfect condition with only a very small blemish here or there.  It has the solo seat option, which I think makes the bike look much sportier.  The pad on the solo seat has worn through a bit from riding (see photos).  It's been stored indoors the entire time I've owned it, and I'm pretty sure, for it's entire life.  The original owner of this bike was a certified Yamaha mechanic, and he was very meticulous about maintenance.

The more I see these FZR1000s, the more I find myself wondering why I don't own one?  It's fast, it's comfortable, it's affordable and those colors just make me smile.  I think I need to start making space in the garage...

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Cheap Thrills – 1994 Yamaha FZR1000
Yamaha August 20, 2013 posted by

Very Original 2000 Yamaha R1 For Sale in Pennsylvania

Yamaha R1 For Sale

I can already feel the comment storm coming, but we both know that an original R1 in these colors, in this condition, is becoming more and more rare. Snag this future collectible now while they are still a bargain -- not to mention a brilliant ride! +1 to the seller on some excellent photos that not only capture the condition of this bike but inspire a buyer in specially selected setting.

dc

2000 Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale on eBay

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from the seller:

In 1998 the sports bike world was taken by storm, and Honda's 900RR was knocked from its premier-sportsbike pedestal. Yamaha's goal was to build a no-compromise supersport with the highest power, lowest weight, and most compact dimensions. What they revealed would become a legend, and a motorcycle whose influence is still visible in today's machines.

The 2000 R1 showcased many subtle refinements to the first-year model, resulting in - among other things - reduced weight, better fueling, and an improved gearbox. Unfortunately, over the years most of these early R1's have suffered from neglect and abuse, making a clean, original bike almost impossible to find.

This "Vivid Red Cocktail" 2000 model - the rarer of the two color options - has virtually escaped the effects of time and mileage. Bought new in Lebanon, PA, it has always been meticulously maintained and shows very few imperfections. It remains 100% stock, even down to the factory warning decals. As you will see from the photographs, this R1 is an astonishingly clean example. The only indicators of its 12,050 miles are one small stone chip on the leading edge of the left cowling, a faint scratch on the muffler, and a light rub mark on the tail section's left "R1" decal (only in the decal, not the paint). Each of these marks is clearly pictured. The bike has never been crashed or dropped in any way. The fuel tank has had clear cling-vinyl protectors in place to prevent any scratches (not installed for photos).

This is the cleanest first-generation I have ever seen, and I was ecstatic to add it to my collection. My garage space (and back account!) is limited, however, and it is time for another R1 enthusiast to appreciate owning this bike. If you intend to remove the warning decals, install a pipe and an undertail eliminator, and tell all your buddies what a "fast crotch-rocket" you just bought, please move on - this is not the bike for you. I do not need to sell this bike and would like it to go to a good home, where it will remain in its rare, 100% stock condition.

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Very Original 2000 Yamaha R1 For Sale in Pennsylvania

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