Posts by tag: R7

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.

1999 Yamaha R7 Tank

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.

1999 Yamaha R7 Tail

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...

1999 Yamaha R7 Radiator

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.

1999 Yamaha R7 R Side Peg

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...


1999 Yamaha R7 R Side

Second Coming: 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 for Sale
Yamaha April 7, 2015 posted by

Win It or Bin It – 1999 Yamaha R7 on eBay UK

Rare 1999 Yamaha R7 on eBay UK


For many of us who remember the heyday of World Superbike racing, one of the indelible images will always be the maniacal "Win it or Bin it" style of Japanese madman Noriyuki Haga aboard his beautiful Yamaha R7.  Haga won almost as many races as he crashed out of.  While it was probably infuriating for the Yamaha Factory, it sure was entertaining to watch for the fans.


With the premise of World Superbike racing being that they were based (note: I said BASED) off of the same models you could buy from the dealer's showroom, Yamaha was forced to sell at least 500 road-going R7s to the public.  Those lucky enough and wealthy enough to get their hands on an R7 would be rewarded with about 110hp (easily tuned to 140hp or more) pushing just 350lbs wrapped up in a gorgeous package who's silhouette is not far from the legendary Yamaha YZR500 GP bikes


The telltale gold of the Ohlins suspension, dual filler necks in the aluminum tank, and solo seat are all very clear indicators of the R7s intended purpose and racing pedigree.  You can read a bit more about the OW-02 from the seller's listing here - 1999 Yamaha R7 on eBay UK

YAMAHA YZF R7 OW02 2001 Covered 18,755 miles from new in immaculate condition fully original bike apart from after market Termignoni exhaust system fitted. Must be seen to appreciate condition, very rare classic, investment opportunity.


Win It or Bin It – 1999 Yamaha R7 on eBay UK
Yamaha January 21, 2015 posted by

Hamamatsu Hammer: 1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-02


In the world of street-going unobtainium, you are gawking at a unicorn. Built as Yamaha's answer to Honda's RC45, the R7 was homologated to the tune of just 500 units. With a potent 100+ HP in stock, street trim, this World Superbike contender could unleash 160+ snarling beasties when fed the right spinach and tickled by the right technician. This particular bike is said to sport the YEC goodies to unlock the second bank of fuel injectors - bringing about 140 HP to the party. With a frame designed with lessons learned in GP racing, top-shelf Swedish suspension units and pretty much the best of everything else available for the track in the day, the R7 looks as good as it performs. This particular bike has low miles and looks terrific. Who doesn't want a pet unicorn?

1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-02 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-2. The bike is perfect. has about 1800 miles on it. Full factory YEC racing kit installed.This includes the kit fuel injectors, ignition, radiator shroud/mod, titanium Promotive full exhaust so this example is making about 150 rear wheel hp. Also included are two boxes of unopened YEC kit parts. Currently has Marchesini wheels but will be sold with the perfect stock wheels with stock tires. This is the bike to show case in your collection. I have two of them so this one needs to find a new home.


The R7 was a $30k+ machine when it was new. The YEC race kit parts were not cheap either (seriously, when is racing *ever* cheap???). The limited nature of homologation street bikes means that this one is rare, rare, rare. Check it out here and try not to drool on the keyboard. Maybe not as universally well-loved as the RC30, the Yamaha OW-02 is in a special class of bikes that ooze respect. Come visit us in the comments and share your thoughts!


Hamamatsu Hammer: 1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-02
Sport Bikes For Sale November 14, 2013 posted by

A Wolf In Wolfs Clothing: 1999 Yamaha R7/R1

r7 right

r7 left

Usually a sleeper (some say cheater) bike is an average sport bike with a little something special hidden under the bodywork.  This one would draw way too much attention with the drool worthy R7 chassis to pull off such a stunt.  This R7/R1 combo  was built for racing pure and simple and is loaded with race hardware.

1999 Yamaha R7 for sale on eBay

From the seller:

So a couple of years ago I put this bike up for auction here on ebay.  I had a ton of response and even got a buyer.  He put up the $500 deposit and then I never heard from him again.  I gave him 2 years to collect it so unfortunately that dude is out.  Anyway here's the same listing from back then. Nothing has changed with the bike.  I rode it one more time since then.  It was put away (fuel emptied, motor fogged) in my vast collection and now I am once again offering the holy grail of superbikes.   Here's your chance to own one of the rarest superbikes on the planet. This is a full factory prepared R7 superbike. This particular bike contested the Unlimited 1999 Macau GP with Michael Rutter then went on to compete in the Island of Man and the Northwest 200. 

So lets start with what this bike is. This is a full factory Yamaha R7. If you know what a R7 is then you'll understand that this is the Godzilla of R7's. Spec wise we have a full factory R1 (1078cc) Superbike motor with TI rods, knife edged crank,3mm big bore,YEC kit cams, full YEC kit tranny and KES quickshifter, its fueled by a very unique Motec fuel injection system, it all flows out a Promotive custom Ti exhuast that weighs next to nothing!.You get your dash info from a Stack tach metering system wired into the Factort YEC kit racing harness. Ok here's the cool stuff this bike was tuned by Slick Base (Fogerty's championship mechanic). I dyno'd it on a DynoJet 200 where it made a strong 182.4 rwhp.All that power and heat is cooled off by a full length Superbike R7 Febor radiator (about $5,800 at the time).

 Lets talk about the subline chassis of this trick R7. The R7 was already known for awesome handling and this bike brings that legend to a new level. Spec wise we have a YEC kit swingarm with quick change front and rear spindles. Of course there are the GP spec Ohlins (unobtainium) front 43mm fork supported in a magnesium and aluminum Harris adjustable triple clamp. In the rear there is GP spec TTX22 Olhins attached to a YEC Kit linkage. When it comes to braking nothing but the best was sourced for this monster. AP six piston calipers grab 330mm cast Brembo superbike rotors with a Radial AP 30mm master cylinder. The wheels are very trick Magnesium Marvic Pentas 3.75 front, 6.25 rear...these are ridiculously light wieght. It's got a new set of Dunlop Ntech's with one track session on them. The bodywork is all YEC Spec fiberglass painted up in HAGA R7 colors by Dreamworks. 


r7 nakedr7 rad

For those with a radiator fetish (like me), take a moment and enjoy.  Notice the scoop to gobble up nice cool air?

r7 engien
A look at the motor with all the factory goodies.

r7 arm
How many of you want that swing arm? Hmm?

r7 triple
The reserve is off and the bidding is approaching $22,000 as of this post.

Get in on the bidding action here.


A Wolf In Wolfs Clothing:  1999 Yamaha R7/R1
Sport Bikes For Sale August 24, 2012 posted by

The Overshadowed SP: 1994 Yamaha YZF750SP

The Overshadowed SP:  1994 Yamaha YZF750SP

Talk about the problems with being the middle child.  How would you like to be sandwiched in between the iconic OWO1 and drool worthy R7?  I think  you can see how the YZF750SP often doesn't rise to the top of a Yamaholics wish list.  The SP was never imported to American shores though so I would have to believe this bike is more rare than either of its' siblings.

Boy, I forgot how bright the 90's where.  I'm sure those familiar with the bike will spot the painted wheels.

Here is the story on her.  It's long but the seller does delve into the differing features of the SP and what he has changed on the bike:

 If you want to show up at a bike night knowing nobody else has what you rode in on or if you are into Vintage Road Racing, anyone who knows what this bike is will envy you. The YZF750SP was never imported to the U.S. although we did get the R model. The SP was the bike factory Yamaha racing based the race team efforts on and many pro racers from this era had much success on them including Eddie Lawson, Colin Edwards, Scott Russell and many others. It was built in limited numbers for the European & Canadian market & most were stripped of their lights and used as race bikes out of the box. One of the reasons the U.S. did not get this bike is the R was sent here with run of the mill carbs and the SP has flat slides with electric accelerator pumps which made a huge difference without all the pollution garbage our tree hugging country demands. It also has hotter cams & ignition which allows the SP to have a 13,000 RPM red line while the R red lined at 11,500. To be reliable at this high RPM red line, the SP also had internal engine needle thrust bearings while the R had standard bearings. The SP also came with adjustable Ohlins suspension. While the R did come with Ohlins, they were just standard non adjustable units. Another race inspired note is the SP had a GP transmission including a taller first gear which allowed it to run to 85 MPH in first gear. At the time, a 750 that had a first gear that ran out that far was unheard of. The SP also came with a real solo tail, the R was a two up bike with a bolt on cover for the passenger seat. The SP has some other different parts but I think you get the idea here. Last month, Cycle World did a write up on the 750SP, the GSX-R750LTD and the ZX-7RR from 1994. The closing article noted the cost of the SP being outrageous. They actually mis quoted the price at $15,000 as it was just shy of $20,000 which in 1994 dollars (and even today?) was a lot of money. I am 51 years old and in my road race days I wanted this bike so bad that I asked our Yamaha rep to import one for me. When I found out the price and the fact I would not be able to license it for street use when not racing I obviously passed being on a motorcycle shop parts guy income. About the bike, I do have a clear title for it so you could ride it legally on the street. I bought it in stock form so any of the modifications not to your liking can be put back to stock although I do hope you like my personal touches. My hopes were to go out to Mid-Ohio and run one vintage race with it but the thought of it hitting the ground would eliminate probably the cleanest, low mileage SP left in the world. I can only hope this bike goes to a collector that will appreciate it and not be subjected to any kind of abuse. Actually, I only rode it up the street since I bought it and that was this spring once I had done my personal touches to it. I will try to remember what I did and if I recall anything I will add to the listing. What comes to mind: New Michelin Pilot tires, Braking rear rotor, GP style exhaust (have stock and Vance & Hines too), Huge amount of weight saved by replacing steel bolts with Pro Bolts, cleaned carbs, all fluids changed, 520 chain & sprocket conversion with +3 teeth on rear sprocket to allow easier red light / stop sign pulling out, misc parts like reservoir caps, grips, Pro Bolt orange and or black lightweight items. Being a Euro bike, the speedometer is in kilometers which reads just under 9,000 miles. Looking at the pics you can see much more and a lot of my labor of love. I did not buy this bike to ride it, my intentions were to do just what I did to it and enjoy looking at it and remembering how bad I wanted one back then. I drained the tank and carbs so I will ship it worldwide, if out of country bidder you must contact me as I have a bid lock on outside U.S. bidders. Getting pretty long winded with the listing so before I lose you if I didn't already, please ask for anything I overlooked. Thanks

If that big paragraph scared you off; the bike is titled and is low mileage.

Does some lucky bastard out there have an OWO1 and R7 in the garage already?  You can return this one back to stock with minimal effort.

Here is a little more specific info on the SP I found on a Yamaha forum:

The first 2 years (93-94) the difference between the "R" was:

-FRP 1 piece solo seat
-Keihin FCR39mm Flat-slide carbs
-Air Scoop on top of radiator
-Endurance windscreen (lower frontal area)
-Needle thrust bearings
-TPS sensors in throttle and gear
-Fully ADJ front suspension (93 "R" forks = preload only)
-Fully ADJ Rear Shock w/stiffer spring (very harsh ride compared to R's softer shock)
-Close-Ratio racing transmission
-Different suspension linkage
-Michelin TX11/23 Hi Sport tyres (vs Bridgestone BT50's on R model)

From 95-97, Yamaha also added to the SP:
-Ohlins shock w/remote preload adjuster
-Adj swingarm pivot
-Bolt on sub-frame (more forward position)
-Slightly revised fairing panels

YEC KIT Parts are EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to find now and most of the parts are discontinued. However, with LOTS of PATIENCE, it is possible to find some brand new parts and some used parts. Your search will be WORLD WIDE as I've sourced parts both from here in North America, Europe and directly from Japan.

YZF750SP's respond very well to a HIGH QUALITY, FULL RACE exhaust (jetted properly of course) and you can expect an immediate 10HP gain (at rear wheel). This is the first thing you want. Keep in mind, you'll lose the bottom end and midrange since you'll be dumping the EXUP but it's a track bike anyways.

What sort of price does the SP command compared to the other two Yamaha 750's?  OWO1's seem to be offered in the high teens to low 20's while R7's usually are offered in at least the mid twenties.  What do you guys think?  I think you can argue it is more rare but is it as desirable?

The auction.


Sport Bikes For Sale July 26, 2012 posted by

OW-Oh’Bitchin! 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 (OW-02)

Location: Hollister, CA

Miles: 750

Price: $25,000

Well here is something you definitely don’t see for sale everyday. The OW-02 is the kind of bike that defines a Rare Sport Bike, and this one is For Sale. Yamaha had designed the R7 to compete in WSB and given it numerous improvements. Ohlins suspension, titanium valves and con-rods, forged pistons with nickel-plated tops, an extra layer of aluminum on the frame that made it twice as stiff as an R1, and carbon fiber airbox highlight these upgrades. Yamaha was not messing around when they made these things. The R7 meant business.

This lovely R7 up for sale here has only traveled a total of 750 miles during its life. It is not stock, but it does have a Stage 1 Race kit installed. I don’t know exactly was is included in the kit, but you can be sure that the power rating is well above the stock level of 100hp. All of the stock parts and manuals are included as well.

From the seller:

Yamaha YZF-R7 for sale by original owner.

I have owned this bike from new. It has very low mileage and has only been ridden at track days, never been raced or been on the road. In excellent original condition. R7 Stage I race kit professionally installed.

Only 1200 Km (750 miles) since new.

All unused kit parts, removed original parts and manuals included in sale.

The bike is in street-legal trim and CA registered (plate removed for pictures).

For full details on this model, see the Review of the 1999 R7

UPDATE: The bike will be on display at the eBay Motors booth at the Red BullU.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend, from Friday July 27 - Sunday July 29. The booth will be located by Turn 2, the Andretti Hairpin, in the vendors area.

Considering that these bikes were an unprecedented $30k when they were brand new, I would say that this bike is a steal. Well maybe not a steal, but at $25k with ultra low miles, a race kit installed, and all the stock parts included, it is a hell of a deal. And the best part? You can venture on down to the RedBull U.S. Gran Prix this weekend and see it in person at the eBay motors booth at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca! You can bet that I will be there as will most of the other RSBFS staff members. I you see me, feel free to say “Hi”, I’ll be the guy wearing a hat and shorts… You can check out the auction here and buy this awesome R7 today!

See you at the Corckscrew!