Posts by tag: YZF-R1

Yamaha September 4, 2017 posted by

Unblemished: Original, Thousand-Mile 2000 Yamaha YZF-R1 for Sale

Obviously, the first-generation Yamaha R1 isn't particularly rare in terms of production numbers: this revolutionary sportbike turned the category on it's ear, offering big power in a middleweight package, and it sold well as a result. I'm posting this one up because, unlike most of the R1s you'll find on eBay and Craigslist, this one is almost completely stock, is pretty much perfect, and is barely broken-in, with a mere 1,138 miles on the odometer. Collectors take note: this thing is so clean you could basically eat off of it, and the chain still has the white grease on it that came from the factory!

It wasn't the first time a manufacturer had done something revolutionary in the sportbike world, but Yamaha definitely shook up the establishment with their follow up to the fast, but relatively heavy YZF1000 Thunderace when they dropped their YZF-R1 on an unsuspecting world. Introduced in 1998 and built through 2001, the R1 caught the other major manufacturers completely by surprise. It used an evolution of Yamaha's famous "Deltabox" aluminum frame and their five-valve "Genesis" inline four, now backed a six-speed gearbox with stacked shafts to keep the wheelbase short and maximize swingarm length, instead of the five-speed fitted to its ancestor.

With 150hp and weighing in at 419lbs dry, the bike featured the expected literbike power in a package as light as 600cc supersports at the time and it's still a compelling performer today, missing just twenty or so horses and the electronic aids required to manage it. Braking and handling were excellent, although the lack of a steering damper was a bit of an oversight, considering the power and handling available. Maintenance was a bit of a nightmare however: all that compact packaging meant plug changes and carb rejetting took more time on the R1 than they had on previous bikes. A small price to pay for such near perfection.

This particular bike has been lightly modified, but has just 1,138 miles on it. And it hasn't just been sitting in a corner, collecting dust on flat tires: it appears to have been lovingly maintained and is a very nice example in classic red-and-white "speedblock" Yamaha colors, although the R1 also came in a very striking blue.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Yamaha YZF-R1 for Sale

Up for sale my all stock, unmolested, absolutely 1138 actual miles R1. If you're looking for a first generation show collector R1 this is the real deal... You're not going to hear what the bad things are because there are no bad things: it's stunning in every way. It's new really like off the showroom floor. It's been in a climate controlled environment with humidity controlled at around 35% at all times. It still has that new bike smell when it's running if you know what I mean.

Still has the stock tires on it (Dunlop Sportmax 207's) which are in perfect shape with no dry rot. Stock chain still has the white grease on it as shown in pics. Only thing not stock is undertail and turn signals done in 2001. If you look at pics you can clearly see the nuts and bolts are still in new condition to match the authenticity of what condition the bike is. Inside of fairings and underneath also matches authenticity. It runs flawless with no hesitation at all. It has been kept up with oil changes every year just for show/collector status and preventative maint. Same for gas only non ethanol every 6 months with 2oz. of sea foam added at every fill. Bike is truly I think probably the nicest you will find in the US.Maybe the world. No dents dings, no fairings are cracked no broken tabs nothing at all. I mean just looking at the key ignition area you can tell. Fires to life after first push of sta rter button every time. Charging system perfect. It's a new bike really just kept in a time machine literally. That's really all I can say about the bike it's the real deal folks. The bike still to this day people ask new bike and I say no it's a 2000, they're shocked.

My feedback should speak for itself so no worries. If it's not what you expected I will give your money back I'm that honest in my description. Shipping is at your cost not mine but I will help out anyway I can to accommodate your needs. You're more than welcome to come look before you buy as matter fact I encourage you to if you're local. You will be so glad you got it and very proud. Just hope someone takes good care of it. That's it really nothing else to say. Ask any questions you want I will answer. More pics just ask.

The seller doesn't mention the frame sliders, but a little protection is no bad thing, and those turn signals aren't original, but I'd expect they are easy to source and put back to stock. It's hard to get my brain around the fact that someone would buy such a competent, easy-to-use motorcycle and then just basically maintain it, but for those of us who missed out on these soon-to-be collectible motorcycles, this offers up the chance to basically buy one new, only 17 years later...

-tad

Yamaha August 7, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike for Sale

Update 11.14.2017: Bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

While a Yamaha YZF-R1 might not seem quite as exotic as the race-prepped Ducati Superleggera we featured earlier this week at first glance, the specification for this genuine YZF-R1 Factory British Superbike will certainly catch your attention on closer inspection. It's even got a bit of celebrity history thrown in as an added bonus, as it was ridden by none other than former MotoGP rider John Hopkins!

Yamaha's R1 is probably most famous for its "cross-plane" crankshaft configuration that gives it a distinctive sound. Cross-plane cranks are common in car engines but weren't seen in inline four motorcycle engines prior to the R1. Yamaha's MotoGP development team found that V4-powered machines had better acceleration out of corners and built test engines with 90° cross-plane crank throws instead of the usual flat-plane set up. The results were conclusive, and Yamaha's subsequent MotoGP bikes have all used cross-plane cranks.

In a road bike, the advantage for Yamaha is mostly marketing: a bike with a cross-plane crank doesn't make any more power than one with a flat-plane crank, but that unmistakable exhaust note makes the R1 one of the best sounding roadbikes outside an Aprilia RSV4, a bike powered by an actual V4. Of course, this isn't a roadbike we're talking about in this case...

I try to avoid simple listicles in these posts, where the seller brags about all the bolt-on farkles [and their prices] included with the machine in question, but it seems very appropriate in this case! This package basically includes a fully-prepped, fully-developed superbike with a fresh engine and spares to keep it running.

From the Seller: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory Superbike for Sale

Yamaha YZF-R1 Machine - This bike was a factory Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike that competed in the British Superbike Series. The bike was raced by former factory MotoGP rider John Hopkins. It was purchased fully refreshed for the 2016 season directly from the team owner. Included with the sale is data from both Milwaukee Yamaha and Tommy Hill Motorsports. This is the closest thing to a current-spec World Superbike a mortal can expect to own. This bike can win races at any level and is covered in factory race parts that are pure unobtanium.

Motorcycle is 100% fresh and needs absolutely nothing. 

Since our acquisition, Motec M1 ECU has been upgraded to World Superbike specification, to enable full rider aids, auto blipping and auto-tuning. This includes the ability for sector by sector mapping and rider aids. We added an E-Lean 6-axis lean angle sensor for superior accuracy in rider aids. We added in a 39N 5 button pod, that controls traction control, engine braking, etc and has a factory-spec connector. Suspension has been updated to current factory spec and fully refreshed. We replaced the exhaust with a Yoshimura kit exhaust that performed better in the midrange. We also updated rearsets and hand controls to Evol Technology. We updated secondary case covers to 39N CNC units for superior protection and ground clearance. Lacomoto matte carbon frame and swingarm protectors have been added. Originals are available. 

This bike was less than a 10th of a second from winning the last 2 races it was in and holds multiple lap records. 

Bike specification: 

  • Brand new frame fitted, Brand new bearings fitted, New complete engine re-fresh only 3 hours on engine.
  • Factory Ohlins RSP40 Rear shock 
  • FGR 301 Fork with Factory Ohlins valving kit plus shims 
  • Factory Yamaha Swingarm Including adjusters and bolt adjuster. 
  • Full Official Yamaha factory racing 2D Loom with carbon fibre box kit
  • Motec ECU M173 (updated to M1 Superbike-spec)
  • MB Motorsports WSBK Oil Cooler and Radiator
  • Yamaha factory racing parts as follows:
  • Subframe - Billet Gilles
  • Carbon fibre rear subframe box
  • All carbon 2D Factory Data/Junction boxes (Front, Main, ECU, Side, Side 2.)
  • All 2D Yamaha racing wiring Loom
  • Fuel Mapping originally from Yamaha Factory included
  • YEC Kit cams latest spec, Factory Funnels for variable stacks
  • Head work, porting. YEC Pistons rings, YEC Valve springs, Rods
  • Factory Oil Pan Spacer for increased capacity
  • MWR Factory filter
  • Top and bottom yokes and stem Yamaha Racing 
  • Spindles all by Yamaha Racing
  • Front carbon fiber dash mount and factory air scoop
  • OZ Piega R Kit Wheels front and rear
  • Brembo Kit disks front and rear
  • 2D Speed sensors front and rear
  • 2D Suspension potentiometers front and rear
  • Hel quick release brake line kits worth hundreds of pounds
  • Race fuel tanks same as original Yamaha racing tanks - 20-22 litres max
  • Steering damper mounts Yamaha factory
  • Steering damper Ohlins
  • Renthal clutch lever
  • Brembo MotoGP front master cylinder
  • Titanium Bolts
  • Brembo EVO Monoblock Factory-Spec calipers
  • Factory carbon Yamaha Racing rear hugger
  • THM Link arms - Replica Factory ones.
  • AMB Transponder with mil-spec quick disconnect
  • And lots more! 

Bike same spec as WSBK apart from swingarm and clutch, and ECU - ECU spec is equally capable.

Spares included:

  • Domino Throttle cable sets
  • Tyre warmers + Controls
  • Spare sprockets + Sprocket carriers x3 
  • New Radiator Guards
  • Motec dash protector – Billet inc button - new
  • All paddock stands front/rear/peg/yoke/ chassis
  • Spare grips - new
  • Head cups – different angles/offsets – Blue - new
  • Offset stem spindle - new
  • Front spindle - new 
  • Full set of side panels, seat unit, belly pan, tank cover - new
  • Fuel tank cap
  • 2 NEW Speed sensors - new
  • THM Battery jump pack starter
  • Clutch Boss - new
  • Chassis Bolts - new
  • Tank Screw cap tool
  • YP Aliant battery spare
  • Front /rear wheel collars Black - new
  • Front carbon front fender mount brackets - new
  • Radiator bracket - new
  • Oil cooler bracket - new
  • Hose kit NEW
  • Aliante battery charger
  • THM Ride height tool
  • Spare captive nut for rear spindle - new
  • 3 Oil cooler take off unions - new
  • Tank grip pads - new
  • Rear swingarm adjuster – caliper mount - new

Price as described - $50,000

Additional spares available but not included include a brand new MB Motorsports Radiator/Oil Set, complete 2D boxes set, various sensors, spare carbon subframe box, spare factory Akrapovic headers, upper triple clamps and more. 

Price with all spares - $55,000

We are willing to discount for removal of the shock, exhaust or brakes. 

$55,000 is a pretty huge chunk of change for most of us to part with, but considering the parts and prep that have gone into it, that price seems, dare I say it: almost reasonable. Buy it and display it, buy it and track it, buy it and race it, or just buy it to drool all of the exotic, race-spec parts, this is a rare opportunity to own a genuine superbike with all of the trimmings. You could even swap the race-spec parts over to your street-legal R1 to create a terrifyingly trick backroad weapon...

-tad

Featured Listing: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike for Sale
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)
Sport Bikes For Sale December 16, 2015 posted by

1st Beyond the Blade: 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1, unit #79

"The final great sport bike of the nineties. The Honda CBR900RR/FireBlade may have set the agenda and the Ducati 916 may have added finesse but the Yamaha YZF-R1 topped them off with extra power and madness. Even today the original Yamaha YZF-R1 is a sports tool to be reckoned with."

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When writing a post for RSBFS, the following are typical criteria considered by this humble poster:

  • Did it introduce a new dynamic (in either looks or technology)?  
  • Did it exceed/elevate the standard of the time?  
  • What is the condition of the offered example?  
  • How many were produced/is it the first or last year edition of the model?  
  • Where is it located?  
  • Do I want it more than I want to spend a weekend under the covers with Christina Hendricks and Charlotte McKinney?  Opps.. I digress.

Let me just conclude by saying this first year Yamaha YZF R1 certainly seems to meet all the approved criteria as a Rare Sport Bike and is worthy for a post on RSBFS.

The YZF-R1 (typically referred to as just the 'R1') is truly one of the seminal sportbikes bikes of the late 1990's, a time period which also gave us the Ducati 916, Honda Fireblade, Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX7RR.    The R1 was Yamaha's "beat-the-blade" bike, a response to the CBR900RR/Fireblade which had been introduced 6 years earlier.  The Honda had moved the goal posts of what a 1000cc sportbike could be, introducing a 120 hp 900cc sportbike no bigger than a 600cc.  While the CBR/Fireblade was revolutionary, success on the track was limited.   The R1 was a clean sheet response, a 150 hp (non-ram aired!) sportbike sized like a 400cc machine, a bike with handling, braking and stability that moved the goal posts yet again and formed the basis of Yamaha's racing effort for the next several seasons.

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1998 Yamaha YZF R1 on ebay US

This particular YZF-R1 is in almost unbelievable condition for a non-crate bike.   I see no missing pieces, the turn signals look to be OEM as do the windscreen and mirrors which are all impressive considering the habits of a lot of 1990's owners to go for flush mounted signals, aftermarket mirrors and god-awful anodized accents.  The only non-stock item appears to be an exhaust and the seller indicates the original is included (its in the pics, just not mounted).   The bike does appear to be a true first year model as evidenced by the the uber-rare white-over-red bodywork and the seller's eBay auction pic that shows the VIN#, not a re-skinned 99 or later model

Note:  The demand for the YZF in the US was so great that many potential buyers were forced to wait for the 2000-2001 model.   This has led some to incorrectly identify the all blue 2000-2001 model as the first year of the YZF-R1 in the US which is incorrect.

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Here is what the seller has to say:

  • You are looking at one of the first 80 Yamaha R1's ever produced in the desired red/white livery, most likely rolled off the assembly line in the first day of production. 
  • 5359 miles.
  • Runs/stops fantastic and everything works as it should.
  • All original (I have the original exhaust as you can see in the pics).  However, I do not have the original owners manual, toolkit or passenger seat cover.
  • Tires have approximately 400 miles on them. 
  • Never been down plastics are just about perfect, the only blemishes are a small nick on right side of tank, a scuff on top triple clamp and some blemishes on the front wheel paint (I have pointed these out in pics and the video attached to the auction).

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What's this 1st year Blade killer worth?  Well the R1 is still being offered by Yamaha so having one isn't going to wow anyone at bike night.   Also I don't know the extent of the difference between the first year and later editions, from what I have read its fairly small but parts would need to be factored in to any decision.

To be honest, I really think this one is going to appeal most to collectors of first year bikes and I have to admit I would love to see it take up residence next to a first year red/blue CBR 900RR. It's significance, low mileage and condition will probably command a price a bit above its current $3,950 USD price (reserve not met), my personal target would be slightly under $5,ooo USD for this one.   We are unlikely to see one like this again for quite some time so if its on your list, better act fast (pun intended).

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

1st Beyond the Blade:  1998 Yamaha YZF-R1, unit #79
Yamaha August 20, 2013 posted by

Very Original 2000 Yamaha R1 For Sale in Pennsylvania

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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
Yamaha August 9, 2013 posted by

15 Years Old Already?! 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1

Update 8.9.2013: Originally we posted this R1 in February. It has been relisted a few times but is now showing a buy-it-now of $7k, which seems closer to what the market will bear. Links updated. Happy Friday, -dc

1998 Yamaha R1 For Sale Red White

It seems hard to believe that the original R1 is now 15 years old, probably because it still evokes a strong emotion when spotted -- especially in the white on red! With 150hp stock and 448lbs wet, it's no wonder why it was so attractive then and why it is still intriguing today.

1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale on eBay

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This particular example has only 4700 miles but has been in storage and the seller reports that it will need some attention to get it road ready. The buy-it-now is set at a lofty $8500, but I suspect that is more intended to keep low-ballers out of the seller's inbox. Hopefully a realistic offer will find this bike a new home.

dc

From the seller:

The rare one and most sought after in RED WHITE number 79. SUPER LOW MILES just 4,738 original miles. Has after market pipe but i still have the original one that came with the bike. super fast. Bike has been stored since 2011 so fuel has lost its octane already so you will need to flush and add new fuel. new battery has original tires but i also have a new set that will go with the bike. Bike will start but missing due to fuel octane lost during storage.Bike has never been dropped and adult driving only. Never raced or mistreated.

15 Years Old Already?!  1998 Yamaha YZF-R1