Press "Enter" to skip to content

Surfing the Local CL ads: 1997 Yamaha YZR1000R Thunderace For Sale

Dan 20


This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

Never Miss A Bike! Subscribe By Email

Every post will be sent right to your inbox every morning when new posts are made. We will never sell our list or spam you. Plus you can click links to bid or buy right from the email and skip the site entirely. Subscribe to Rare SportBikes For Sale today!

Here’s another open class bike that caught my attention recently while surfing the local Craigslist motorcycle section – a cherry 1997 Yamaha YZR1000R Thunderace in black and gray. This one has 26k miles and is listed for $5800:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

One ownwer, 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace, 1997 Sportbike of the year. Produced for one year only. Very RARE. Still one of the best handling most powerful bikes on the road.
Black/Silver, 26,000 miles, never down and never abused (no wheelies/stoppies)
Tuned (including having cams ‘degreed’) by Eric Dorn at EDR Performance, full Akropovic Titanium exhaust, K&N air filter, HeliBars, Attack rear sets, steel front brake lines, smoke windscreen, nearly new Pilot Power tires
I know of no maintenance issues with this bike. It is ready to ride.

$5800 sounds a bit lofty for this under appreciated bike, especially with such mileage. Not saying the bike is in jeopardy as a result of mileage, but at this price, I’d expect a lot less. The images sure do represent a well look after example though. I’ll do some research to find out for sure like I did on the CBR900RR entries I posted recently.

After my ride to the Olympic Peninsula this past summer, I’ve been contemplating a more appropriate touring machine. The Ducati made the trip fine, but I felt terrible as it sat in the pouring rain overnight. While all it would’ve needed was a decent cover to avoid being totally neglectful, it got me to thinking about what a better mount might of looked like for such a task. Something tells me a bike like this with proper luggage might fit the bill and then some!


  1. mike lipps mike lipps

    just wanted to say you have a nice looking ace.. i like the color. mine is the stock red and white.. i really like my bike its very fun to ride. how many miles you have on yours?

  2. Since the other ads have apparently expired, I thought I’d submit the current ad for my Thunderace. Hi-res pics available on request!

  3. i like this, its heavy bike..good for long journey…

  4. walton walton

    were can i buy that bike

  5. walton walton

    Do you still have that bike for sale?

  6. Kevan Kevan

    Mine is still available. Let me know if you’re interested and want more information.

  7. Dave Dave

    This bike IS still available.

  8. walton walton

    The research I did was from the cars resale value with 0miles is 2324 – 3059 Id like to know if 1000 and a 1964 project car will be a good trade or if your willing to work out a deal, sumthing like a payment plan.

  9. walton walton

    ok kevan contact me at Im really trying to get this bike when I return state side and I leave in march to go to Korea so if you or Dave could contact me asap about it Id really apricate it


  10. andres andres

    i have my yzf1000r for sale its the same bike like thisone black/grey and 28000 miles, just has d&d carbon fiber pipe call or txt 9158200612, or emailme at i have some pics and info, very clean bike ha

  11. andres andres

    i have my yzf1000r for sale its the same bike like thisone black/grey and 28000 miles, just has d&d carbon fiber pipe call or txt 9158200612, or emailme at i have some pics and info, very clean bike ha o and leather gas tank cover,,

  12. bill mack bill mack

    I know its an old post, but I am looking for a 1997 thunderace black/grey if anyone is selling.
    Sold mine a few years ago and bought a hd softail, one of the biggest mistakes I ever made.
    I miss my thunderace.

  13. Kevan Kevan


    I still have mine for sale. Located in Ca. Call me if you’re interested. 805-674-2481.

  14. Its such as you read my mind! You appear to understand a lot approximately this,
    such as you wrote the e-book in it or something. I believe that you simply can do with some percent to drive the message home a bit, however other than that, that
    is great blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

Comments are closed.