Posts by tag: YZF

Bimota April 21, 2017 posted by

Screaming Deal: 1996 Bimota YB9SR for Sale

This is the first Bimota YB9SR I can remember seeing for sale and the seller unfortunately includes very little information, although the photos are of decent quality. The one detail you might want to keep in mind? The $5,500 asking price which, assuming the bike is mechanically sound, makes it an absolute steal. You probably won't find the YB9 on a short list of classic Bimotas, but bascially every Bimota is rare, fast, and collectible, although "fast" might be pushing things a bit here. The "9" has nothing to do with the bike's displacement and simply indicates that it's the ninth Bimota powered by a Yamaha engine. It's a bit down on power compared to its stablemates the SB6 and the YB11, which feature the GSX-R1100 and YZF1000R "Thunderace," respectively, since the YB9 actually uses the liquid-cooled inline four and transmission from the YZF600R "Thundercat" [Ho!] with around 100hp and it even uses that bike's stock gauge cluster, nestled in between the carbon air-intake tubes.

Bimota obviously made its reputation wrapping lightweight frames and sexy bodywork around reliable powerplants from Japan, sexy powerplants from Ducati, and even the occasional German powerplant from BMW... Their early offerings used tube-style frames like the Verlicchi part from yesterday's Ducati 750 F1, but by the 1990s they'd moved on to aluminum beam frames as seen here. Access on some beam-frame models for maintenance and repair can be a bit iffy: the massive-looking part used on the SB6 and SB6R is designed to connect the steering head and swingarm pivot directly, but makes access to some parts difficult, like the front sprocket that supposedly requires the engine to be dropped when it needs changing... I've heard no such complaints about the YB11 that uses a very similar frame to the one seen here, which makes a certain amount of sense considering the fact that both use Yamaha engines.

This appears to be the carbureted SR model, not the fuel-injected SRi introduced in 1996: the metal knob at the top of the triple clamp looks like it could be the choke. That's probably no bad thing, as the fuel injection system was exclusive to the Bimota and will probably make maintaining the bike more problematic: with just 651 YB9s built, anything exclusive to the model might be tricky to source. The system did add a few claimed ponies but, like all Bimotas of the period, reviews of the fueling "improvements" varied a bit and I've read both rants and raves. And as easy as it should be to maintain the YZF600 engine and transmission, be aware that bits and seals for those forks and the Paioli rear shock might not be so easy and the bodywork... Let's just say if it were mine, I'd be regularly trolling eBay for panels "just in case."

From the original Craigslist post: 1996 Bimota YB9SR for Sale

2,653 original miles. 2nd owner. All stock, 1 of 3 imported to the US. Email for more info. Available April 19-26 only.

So the listing contains very little information, but mileage is extremely low, and it looks to be in pristine condition from the few photos provided. And the price? A screaming deal at $5,500. I'm under the impression that the seller needs to sell quickly, which might explain a price more in line with a decent used 600cc supersport. Of course the YB9's 600cc engine means a modern 600cc supersport would probably destroy it in any straight-line competition, but handling should still be impressive. Maintenance should be affordable, but bodywork might be very difficult to obtain if you push a bit too hard... I'm not the biggest fan of the yellow color with blue graphics, but this is a great-looking bike and possibly the cheapest way to get into Bimota ownership outside the questionably-styled Mantra.

-tad

Screaming Deal: 1996 Bimota YB9SR for Sale
Bimota March 2, 2017 posted by

Sweet Air – 1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria in Italy

Seen only a couple of other times at RSBFS, only a handful of the 145 total YB9 Bellarias ever made it to the states.  Bimota's only two-seater is based on the Yamaha FZR600 drivetrain, with a few extra horses from intake and exhaust work.  Re-painted as many were in reaction to the factory's ice blue color scheme, this Bellaria is offered in Italy, but would be worth a side trip from Venice if you are headed that way.

1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria ( Italy ) for sale on eBay

Framed in Bimota's usual twin alloy spars with billet connectors, the YB9 was quite compact for a 600, even more so for a biposto.  Handling with the Marzocchi suspension front and rear reviewed better than the FZR, though the bikes were really for different markets, the Bimota being more of an exotic.  Oversize Brembo brakes and tires, plus 4-2-1 exhaust system insure function follows form.  Riding position is fairly relaxed with elevated clip-ons and roomy seat.  The air intakes make an outstanding visual statement crossing the frame and the lines are echoed in the seat console and belly stripe.  Early digital dash looks clean but was hard to read.

 

While the fairing on this Bellaria appears original, the usual stepped dual seat has been replaced with a sportier mono-plus, maybe a knowledgeable reader knows the origin of this mod.  Now in white with what seems to be the factory steel blue trim, shows low miles and looks good save the alternator cover.  The auction indicates a salvage title which would have to be investigated.  From the eBay auction:

BIMOTA BELLARIA YB9 RARE MODEL ONLY 142 EXEMPLARY PRODUCTS, THE MOTORCYCLE IN QUESTION HAS THE NUMBER OF CHASSIS 112.
THE MOTORCYCLE 'marching, COUPON HAS MADE ONLY 6350 KM (3900 MILES) PLEASE NOTE AS' WAS CHANGED BACK,
FOR ALL INFORMATION AND VIDEO OF THE MOTORCYCLE FUNCTIONING, CONTACT,
SHIPPING WORLDWIDE THROUGH COURIER SPECIALIZED.

 

Bimota claimed 95 hp from the 599 cc four, and weight was nicely under control at 385 lbs. dry.  Named for and built to cruise the coastal towns near the factory's home, the Bellaria was easy on the eyes if not the checkbook.  Impossibly rare here, winning the auction would just be the beginning of a story involving travel and paperwork, and with luck a sweet ride in the last chapter...

-donn

Sweet Air – 1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria in Italy
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
Yamaha January 21, 2015 posted by

Hamamatsu Hammer: 1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-02

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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

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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.

OW-02_5

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!

MI

Hamamatsu Hammer: 1999 YAMAHA R7 0W-02
Sport Bikes For Sale June 19, 2013 posted by

Low Mileage and Stock 1997 Yamaha YZF-750R

Manasquan, NJ – 4,124mi – $2,950 No Reserve

 97YZF750R_1

The YZF750R arrived in early 1993 and was based on the OW01, however it shared no common parts with its famous older brother. Though not as rare and collectable (yet), the YZF750R proved itself to be a highly competent and user friendly bike on the street. Present on this model are six-speed gear box, dual 320mm discs up front with six-piston calipers, and Yamaha’s EXUP system allowing the bike to pull hard through the entire rev range.

97YZF750R_5

This one features some more subtle and less 90’s graphics than the earlier purple/yellow models. However, it still has some flash from the era with this red/black/white livery. This one also has very low miles with just over 4k on the clock. As I like to see bikes from this era, it is bone stock and even has the factory seat cowl. Some one didn’t feel the need to mod this one beyond recognition, and now it pays off.

97YZF750R_9

I actually think this one might be a 1996 model year, but I cant find a VIN decoder to confirm this. Anyone out there know for sure? Either way, this is one cool bike and I always enjoy seeing clean ones pop up for sale. Long gone are the days of 750cc sport bikes (except the GSX-R). This Yamaha was king of the hill in its class back in the day and benefitted from some solid years of Yamaha R&D. Now’s your chance to own this modern classic. I have seen these go from about $2,200 to $4,000+. I could see this one going for $4k+ as it is the lowest mileage one I have seen in a long time. You can check out the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale May 24, 2013 posted by

Remember the 90’s? 1994 Yamaha YZF-750R

Alexandria, MN – 9,575mi – $1,925 No Reserve

94YZF750R_1

The YZF750R arrived in early 1993 and was based on the OW01, however it shared no common parts with its famous older brother. Though not as rare and collectable (yet), the YZF750R proved itself to be a highly competent and user friendly bike on the street. Present on this model are six-speed gear box, dual 320mm discs up front with six-piston calipers, and Yamaha’s EXUP system allowing the bike to pull hard through the entire rev range.

94YZF750R_3

This bike isn’t too far from stock with only an exhaust, windscreen, flush signals, and lowering links as the only major modifications. The bike has apparently been dropped at low speed early in its life and there are a couple scrapes on the fairing from this. Yes this does hurt, but the damage isn’t horrific by any means.

From the seller:

Up for auction is a very nice 1994 Yamaha YZF 750. This was a iconic bike back in the mid 90's and was ahead of its time. Had nearly the weight of a 600 but the power of a 750. At 125hp and adjustable front and rear suspension, it was a real head turner. It has only 9,575 miles on it and still runs and rides like new. It has been well maintained and is in great shape, expecially for a 19 year old bike. This bike has been adult ridden and cared for since new.

Bike was serviced at the end of last season and put in storage shortly after.

-Changed oil/filter, air filter, spark plugs, brake and clutch reseroir and lines flushed and filled with new Dot 4

-Tires in great shape yet

-Engine runs and sounds great, does not use oil

-No leaks anywhere on the bike

-shocks/forks charge is great and no leaks

-Brake pad life is still good

The bike is stock besides a couple bolt on parts:

-Vance and Hines Titanium +4 slip on exhaust

-Dyno jet ignition module

-Flush mount turn signals front and rear

-Lusk -40mm lowering links (simply unbolt if you want it higher)

There a few scrapes/scatches on the body Never had major damage, it was tip/layed over at a very slow speed early in its life. This resulted in a couple of the scatches in the decals you can see (See pics). Their are 2 screws missing. 1 in the windsheild to the fairing and 1 on the lower side faring. The front brake rotors have a very very slight warp to them. It can only be felt above 70-75mph. Very common on these bikes with the factory rotors. Other than theres couple things, this bike is in awesome shape. I just want to point out any imperfections so the buyer is knowing what they are getting.

94YZF750R_4

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really dig these bikes. They represent a very nice blend of performance, rarity, and awesome mid-90’s styling. Yes this one isn’t perfect but it does seem like a good bike to be ridden and enjoyed. Bidding is about $2k now with No Reserve. I could see this bike going solid in the $2,500-$3k+ range. If you’re interested, you can check out the auction here!

-JS