For Sale: 2000 Yamaha YZF-R1 Graves Motorsports
This is one of those opportunities that make you go "Hmmmmmm." The seller has listed this as a 2000 Grazes Motor Sport Yamaha R1 (1 of 3 built for Chuck Grazes). Who is Chuck Grazes? When you look at the title picture, you can clearly see that the bike was originally delivered to Graves Motorsports. While Chuck Grazes is an unknown, Chuck Graves is well known as the man who owns the team that currently dominates AMA Superbike racing.
From the seller:
2000 yahma r1 grazes motor sport 1 of 3 built for chuck grazes - racing bike street legal - super modifid r1 -world super bike - less than 500
Its a 2000 R1 Yamaha grades reinforce frame, ohlins shicks. just double triple clamps the graves. Motorsport is the motor. 1 of 3 made for Chuck Graves for the 2000 seasons.
I really HATE to find a fantastic bike, and then resort to picking apart the seller's offering. If this is a Graves Motorsport racing R1, then what we have here is a pretty neat, and reasonably historical find. However this bike is clearly not configured for street usage, and there is no historical information with regards to who might have campaigned this bike. Was this a Yamaha/Graves entry, a customer bike built by Graves, or something else? The seller mentions World Superbike, but I suspect that AMA Superbike is more likely. The pictures clearly show something special; I just can't tell you what it is or where its been.
The time is short on this one and the opening ask is a high $25,000. No takers as of yet, but then again the potential pool for used race bikes - especially high-end ones - is relatively small. If you count yourself as part of that pool, click on the link and jump over to the auction. There are a lot of questions, and I welcome knowledgeable readers to chime in. Good Luck!