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Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R

Update 11.2.2021: Last see in August of 2020 from the same seller, this one is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $7,150. -dc

For a while in the 1990’s, sponsorship from Marlboro led Yamaha down a red-liveried path, and the torn paper graphics on this 1996 YZF-750R makes reference without saying it too loud.  It’s a low-mileage example with a recent major service, and looks smashing.

1996 Yamaha YZF-750R for sale on eBay

Yamaha took the successes of their late -80’s World Superbike mounts and ran them by production engineering, preserving as much of the good stuff while bringing the cost out of the stratosphere.  Kept was the forward canted inline Genesis, with the EXUP exhaust tuning system – in road trim worth 125hp.  The aluminum Deltabox chassis evolved with re-designed frame connectors.  New brakes were 320mm disks with 6-piston calipers.  The fox-eye headlights look a little less drop-dead serious than those on the OW-01, but the painted pillion cover passes for a single-seater under way.

The seller’s other auctions seem to indicate a dealer rather than motorcyclist owner, but either way, this YZF is in special shape for its age.  Hard to find fault with the presentation, except maybe to pine for an SP homologation special.  The last service call made everything ready for the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

Parts:
Float bowl gaskets             
Needle and seat                
Fuel line                            
Oil (semi/syn)                     
Battery                             
Rear brake caliper kit         
Rear pads                           
Front pads                        
Fork seals                          
Pirelli Rosso Tires              
 
Labor:
Service carbs                   
Oil change                          
Install tires                         
Fork seals                           
Rebuild rear caliper            
Front pads                         
Complete degrease/clean  
 
This bike is very special to me as you can see with all the investments made . 
A cleaner example for sale will be very difficult to find today .
The bike is ready to ride . 

The YZF750R sold better across the pond than here, but trailed the 916 and CBR900RR and gave way to the R1 in 1998.  The race version did well in endurance events where Yamaha’s quality shown.  This one is right on the edge of too nice to ride too much, but the classic mid-size package and recent maintenance call for at least an occasional back road afternoon.

-donn

9 Comments

  • I had a 94, great street bike and I turned it into a racebike. Never missed a beat. These have the better graphic though

  • I’m quite familiar with OW-01, but I don’t really know about this bike. I know that it’s as capable as OW-01, I know it has multitudes of tech and know-how from YZF and OW-01. Is it as exotic as OW-01? I know it wasn’t a limited edition bike, but is it a sort of cut-price OW-01 evolution, or it’s just as special? I’ve actually never seen this bike in person.

  • A friend had one of these with the factory-spec Ohlins suspenders and loved it. I contemplated getting one but wound up with my current GPZ.

  • Lol, i had the same comment before reading those above. Never seen one on the street. I would call is rare. Ironic since it is not a homologation special and is some of a mass market offering. Yet, never seen one. This one looks remarkable for something ~25yrs old. Neat.

  • To bad it’s not the SP. Didn’t the 750R win sportbike of the year ?

  • Had one of these in these exact colors. Wanted to love it because of its looks and frame, but the stock factory carbeuration was just terrible. My ’99 R6 was faster, lighter and the fueling was perfect so the 750 went. $7k seems a bit steep for this, but we live in strange times for bike valuations.

  • I’ve tried to contact seller three times and have had no luck. With no ebay ratings whatsoever looks like buyer beware.

  • Nevermind, just heard from him.

  • eBay shows sold for $7,150. K. Cooper, yours now?

    dc

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