Posts by tag: R1

Yamaha August 14, 2017 posted by

First-Year Hot Rod: Modified 1998 Yamaha R1

When the 1998 Yamaha R1 debuted, it quickly dispatched the undisputed king of the streets, the Honda CBR900RR, with a lither frame, more focused suspension and roughly 20 more horses than the suddenly-underwhelming Honda.

1998 Yamaha R1 for sale on eBay

At the top of most magazine comparison tests even today, it was arguably the R1 that kick started the literbike craze, helping to relegate a crop of race-replica 600s to the "beginner bike" category in the minds of wannabe Rossis the world over.

Even in 1998, the R1 sneaked in under 400 pounds dry and spat out a still-impressive 150 horsepower.

The example here looks clean and has been extensively worked over, though the ad offers scant details and virtually no description.

Obvious changes are Dymag carbon fiber wheels, trick Ohlins suspension pieces, Brembo brakes, an Akrapovic exhaust and a one-piece superbike-style handlebar setup.

The seller claims the engine carries "performance" pistons and cams, but does not specify beyond that. The bike also has a carbon fuel tank and fenders, Mikuni rearsets and a Sergeant seat.

From the eBay listing:

1998 YAMAHA R-1 PLEASE FREE TO CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS WWW.SPECIALIZEDMOTORS.COM OFFICE 954-622-0466 CELL ANTHONY 954-540-8495

Inline 4 Cylinder 1000cc Engine
High Performance Pistons And Cams Dyno Tuned
Ohlins Road And Track Forks With Graves Carriers
Ohlins Rear Shock With Titanium Spring
Dymag Carbon Fiber Wheels

Brembo Rotors
Brembo Billet Front Calipers
Sargent Seat
Carbon Fiber Fuel Tank And Fenders
Superbike Handlebar Conversion
Stainless Steel And Titanium Akrapovic Exhaust
Mikuni Rear Seats
520 Chain Conversion
Chrome Engine Covers
Quick Shifter

The Buy-It-Now is set at $6,900, a price no doubt inflated by the myriad additions. With six days left in the listing, we'd say the ask is in the ballpark, but it will take a special buyer to pull the trigger.

First-Year Hot Rod: Modified 1998 Yamaha R1
Yamaha June 6, 2017 posted by

Like a virgin: 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE with only 6 miles!

For many, the classic Yamaha race livery will always be the bumble bee yellow and black, an iconic combination forever immortalized by King Kenny Roberts. It is a color scheme that has adorned many models - from the TZs and RZ racers of the 1970s to the RDLC and RZ350 editions in the 1980s. It is bold, it makes a statement, and it is quintessential Yamaha. But is there more than just color here?

Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

This Limited Edition YZF-R1, built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company, takes a page out of the Ducati playbook: take a good machine, beef it up in minor ways, add a splash of graphics, limit the number of bikes released, and sell each at a premium. The LE model of the R1 is really no different. Take a standard 2006 R1 - itself a very good open class bike. Add upscale Ohlins suspension front and rear, with a trick height adjuster out back (10mm range of motion). Dress it up with some custom Marchesini wheels (pattered after Rossi's MoviStar racer), shod it with super-sticky rubber, and add a slipper clutch for that little bit extra performance. Drape it in race bike livery that really makes it stand out. Anodize everything else to match. Give it an onboard lap timer to really sell the racing theme. Assign each one a number plaque and sell it at a premium. In this case, a $18,000 MSRP.

From the seller:
2006 Yamaha 50th Anniversary R1 Limited Edition R1 LE being Sold by Original Owner/Collector purchased in April 2006

Six…Yes ONLY Six Delivery Miles!

Bone Stock Original

Bike No. 243 of Serialized Production limited to 500 Units imported to the US

Original MSRP of $18,000

More from the seller:
Sale of Bike comes complete with the following included:

BRAND NEW Complete with Tags Yamaha 50th Anniversary Vintage Leather Jacket – Size XL (Original Purchase Price of $769.95/One currently listed on eBay for $829.99)

BRAND NEW Complete with Tags Yamaha 50th Anniversary Vintage Pants – Size 36

BRAND NEW in Box Arai RX-7 Corsair Colin Edwards Laguna Seca 50th Anniversary Helmet – Size L (Original Purchase Price of $759.95)

[Above Only Worn for Photo as modeled by 16 year old son, who is not included in sale as per Mom!]

Two Original Keys on Yamaha 50th Anniversary Key Chain(s)

BRAND NEW Yamaha 50th Anniversary Vintage Gear Bag

Additional Owner’s Manual in Plastic (In addition to original Owner’s Manual under seat)

New Service Manual; Original 2006 Yamaha Sportbike Brochure; and Color Copy of MSO

Additional Gold Drive Chain sealed in Plastic

Original Born with Yuasa YTZ10S Battery plus New YTZ10S Battery purchased on 05.24.17

The trouble with the "limited edition" format is that it has never really worked for the Japanese - apart for ultra-exclusive homologation bikes. Under the covers, this is really just a tarted up R1, of which Yamaha sold by the tens of thousands. With the Limited Edition Anniversary bike, Yamaha restricted output to approximately 500 units in the United States, and about an equal amount spread across the rest of the world.

This particular R1-LE is about as clean a bike as you are likely to see and comes with that looks like a pile of extra stuff. With only 6 miles on the clock (supposedly delivery / dealer prep miles), you are looking at essentially a brand new bike. A brand new bike that is 11 years old, that is. Will this one appreciate in value over time? It is hard to tell with any bike, but a rise in value is not likely to occur in the near term. And if there is a rise in value, it will likely be due to the fact that the bike is still in "as new" condition more so than the fact that it is an Anniversary edition. Still, it is a very cool bike - and one that we should be thankful Yamaha created. Check it out here, and then jump over the Comments and share your thoughts: Worth more for the miles or the LE graphics? Good Luck!!

MI

Like a virgin: 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE with only 6 miles!
Yamaha March 20, 2017 posted by

Naked Ambition – 2001 Yamaha FZ-1

The Yamaha R1's likeable cousin, the FZ-1 was known as the Fazer offshore.  With its smaller carbs stretching the torque curve, more compliant suspension, and accomodating riding position, the FZ-1 was a bit of a sleeper with 143 hp.  Some of that friendliness has been dyno-tuned out of this example from Michigan, with airbox delete, exhaust and re-jetted carburettors.

2001 Yamaha FZ-1 for sale on eBay

The Fazer model began as 600, but with the R1 right across the showroom, requests for the 998cc four in a plain wrapper became too numerous for Yamaha to ignore.  The FZ takes advantage of the Genesis five-valve heads and EXUP exhaust, which tailors the dimensions of the exhaust collector to engine speed.  Brakes are similar to the R1 but use a larger rear disk in anticipation of a passenger.  Frame mounted fairing is a little bigger than your average bikini, and echoes the R1 beak.

The FZ-1 was only offered in age-appropriate color schemes and this one is basic black with the steel frame in silver-gray.  The owner has deleted the frame-mounted mirrors and the blue anodized covers look good with the levers and brake caliper pucks.  But the stock mirrors will have to go back on unless the new owner picks some bar-ends, which are not part of the deal, as stated in the eBay auction:

Originally a slightly detuned version of the R-1 this is a torque monster. This bike is not detuned. It has a full stage 3 modification from Fast Bikes in Grand Rapids. He now works at Fox and does all the engine tuning and dyno testing. This bike pulled 136 HP at the REAR WHEEL. A huge grin to ride. And comfy enough to ride all day long.
It pulls like a jet from 30 to 110 and I have seen 154 on the speedometer. 
All the original parts go with it. I did think it was a bit plain so put vinyl accents on it. Also the tank bag, soft bags go with it. The soft bags had lousy rain covers so I had some made from Sunbrella waterproof covers.
It has plug covers where the original mirrors were. I have the original mirrors I had trouble seeing behind me with the stockers. So I put very pricey bar end mirrors on it. I am keeping them. All stock parts except the original pipe go with the bike.

The FZ-1 was a good seller, so while rarity wouldn't be in the cards, this unusual level of tuning might be worth looking into.  The FZ-1 reviewed as a real-world R1, and while compromises in the chassis and weight can't be denied, you can hack around town most of the afternoon and still have the energy for a quick jaunt on a back road.  This one has some neat professionally done mods and looks well cared for...

-donn

Naked Ambition – 2001 Yamaha FZ-1
Yamaha March 19, 2017 posted by

Collector Alert: 1998 Yamaha R1 with 4395 miles

1998 Yamaha R1 on ebay

Ahh the Yamaha YZF R1...not just the bike that moved the motorcycle world beyond the legendary Honda CBR900RR/ Fireblade but also the template for pretty much every superbike that followed.   When it was introduced the YZF-R1 changed the expecation of what a street superbike could by packaging a power to weight ratio that had only seen on pure track machines with a bike comfortable enough to use everyday.  It shouldn't be a surprise the R1 was named as "One-Of-The-10-Sportbikes-you-have-to-own!" by Practical Sportbikes in their Oct 2016 issue.   As motorcycling editor Phil West wrote

"In producing the  YZF R1 (Kunihiko) Miwa and his team not only revolutionized sportbike design, they created the template for every superbike to this day."

For anyone unfamiliar with the R1 development history, in 1996 most inside Yamaha believed the market for super-sportbikes was static or decreasing.  Faced with this lack of growth Yamaha decided the only path was to get a bigger share of the market "pie".  Authorization was given to start working on a new superbike with a mandate that it had to position Yamaha for both race and sales success.  This was a tall order given that the competition included the legendary Honda CBR900/Fireblade.

Lead by Kunihiko Miwa, a team of Yamaha engineers undertook the project guided by thee major concepts; make it have the highest power, make it have the lowest weight, and make ii have the most compact dimensions.  The result was a design that shortened the length of the engine by vertically stacking the gearbox (an unheard of feature for a streetbike) and then joined it with a new lightweight frame developed around the concept of ultra-light weight and rider control/ergonomics.  New handlebars/clipons, one piece brakes and even LCD gauges were all incorporated into the design.

Upon its launch in late 1997 the R1 delivered 150ps while weighing only 177kg  (that's 148gbp and 390 pounds in Imperial).  Not only did the R1 dramatically exceeded the performance of the competition, it and reset the bar that had been established by the Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade earlier in the decade, it also seemed like it came from a different planet compared to the Thunderace it was replacing.

This particular R1 is in the first year blue/silver color scheme which seems to have been more popular than the white/red style.  Condition looks to be absolutely pristine and the seller does a very good job with the photos showing the bikes condition.   While service history/details aren't much that is to be expected given the very low mileage.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • No scratches, only a few pin size marks from road dust
  • Mileage under 5000
  • Original exhaust changed when new, inever used and comes with the bike
  • Original paint, seats, tires and rear bike stand
  • Original books, keys, Bill of sale, copy of MSO, original title, service records and shop manual.
  • Bike has had only 2 collector owners in its 19 year pampered life.   Always stored in Heated and Air Conditioned Collector Garage

So what is this benchmarking blue beauty worth?  The current asking price for this one is at $6995 USD which is kind of high in my opinion but not out of line with what we have seen previously on RSBFS.  While this one is not in the red and white bodywork more currently prized by collectors, it is in amazing shape.  I think a fair price for this one is about $6400, maybe a bit more if the seller throws in fresh rubber or shipping.

One final note - I think is important to recognize that just a few years ago a 1st year Yamaha R1 wasn't high on the list of future classics for most collectors.  Everyone seemed to think it was a great bike, probably the final great sport bike of the 1990's, and yes it dethroned the Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade, but a future classic?  While these same collectors were probably still searching for a Ducati 916SP or Kawasaki Zx7RR or perhaps even a first year CBR900RR/Fireblade, prices for first year R1's were  starting to move up and are now no longer cheap.  The value will probably continue to rise over time so this might be a rare chance to get one before prices get out of reach.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Collector Alert:  1998 Yamaha R1 with 4395 miles
Yamaha June 15, 2016 posted by

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

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 R Front

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.

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 Tail

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.

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 R Fairing

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.

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 Tank

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

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 R Fairing

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.

20160304 2006 yamaha yzf1000 r1 front

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

20160304 2006 yamaha yzf1000 r1 right front

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.

20160304 2006 yamaha yzf1000 r1 right

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.

20160304 2006 yamaha yzf1000 r1 front

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