Posts by tag: 50th anniversary

Yamaha December 10, 2017 posted by

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE

Yamaha dreamed up a 50th birthday present for them and us in 2006, and made only 1000 copies. Serial number 002 was put in storage without even a celebratory ride and is available as new.  It’s a show and go affair with Roberts-era racing colors and 174 hp.

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary #002 for sale on eBay

The R1 was first introduced in 1998, and improved over the years with fuel injection, underseat exhaust, more aerodynamic fairing, and 2006 was the last model year to use the 5-valve Genesis engine.  For this year the reinforced swingarm was extended, and a factory slipper clutch system added.  The commemorative edition has Ohlins front and rear, forged Marchesini wheels, and a data-logging race dash.

 

Presented by a Las Vegas specialty dealer, this LE looks showroom new.  No history to speak of, but they did say in the eBay auction:

Please enjoy viewing this 2006 Yamaha  R1 anniversary Limited edition.  It has been professionally “mothballed” in order to store it without damaging the bike. It has never been ridden and has 0 miles on it.  This is #2 of 500 made and #1 is in the Yamaha museum.  Included with this bike is everything that came with the bike along with a special tool kit only made for this bike.

 

Likely the mileage and low serial number will be of more interest than the late R1’s reputation as a forgiving superbike, ready to rack up the miles.  The 50th anniversary is also a milestone as for 2007 Yamaha returned to a more typical 4-valve head.  Fun to think that a skilled rider could take this ten year-old superbike right out and ( after a stop at the tire dealer ) turn a 10-second quarter mile…

-donn

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE
Yamaha April 9, 2010 posted by

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition With 815 Original Miles

This is a close to showroom new ’06 R1 LE!  Located in Tucson, Arizona is a 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition with 815 original miles.  This bike has had a full inspection and was declared to be in perfect mechanical and cosmetic condition.  Now, Yamaha released the 50th anniversary R1’s at the same time as these Limited’s were released which can cause an initial doubt as they are two very different bikes but the plastics are almost exactly the same.  The Limited Edition features Ohlins fully adjustable suspension front & rear, ride height adjustment, Marchesini wheels, slipper clutch and the uprated power of the standard 2006 model.  The LE was produced to homologate the R1 for WSB competition and actually came in a Gun Smoke for markets other than N.A with only 500 total being produced.  To understand the visual differences between the LE and 50th, you must look to the front suspension which has silver stanchions for the LE and black for the 50th; the most obvious visual change is the addition of the gold, multi-spoke, Marchesini wheels fitted to the LE.  The 50th is fitted with standard black wheels.  If you’re buying, the two have very different prices also:  The LE is, currently, hovering above $10k, in the 11-12.5k range while the 50th is down to the 5-7k depending on miles and accessories.  We posted a LE that was still in the crate that had an asking price of $12,995 which can be seen here.  While at a dealer, this current example has an asking price of $11,995 making each of those miles it has accumulated cost just over a dollar with exclusion of maintenance costs.  While it may be more beneficial for the owner of the 5oth to have the same paint scheme, if you own a LE you know that you’ve got something very special and that is all that matters.  If you’d like a modern day homologation Yamaha, see this bike on Craigslist here–and yes, this is more special than the 2010 Rossi replica.

AG

Yamaha November 28, 2009 posted by

2006 Yamaha R1 LE #346 of 500

Yamaha R1 LE 50th Anniversary Edition on

This particular example has 0 miles (not sure how that was pulled off) and is being offered at a considerable discount off the MSRP of $18,000.00. So my gut feeling is that if this is maintained in the current state it is in, it can only go up as the supply comes down. As I scour the internet daily looking for RSBFS these are still available with lowish miles and Alex even came across one that was still in the crate, but we all know supply will go down as time passes

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There really shouldn’t be much to say regarding a bike with 0 miles other than “being sold as new”, but the seller does give some insight as to how it has been stored and cared for over the past 3 years.

Stored in a controlled environment and satisfaction is guaranteed or your money back! – less any shipping charges.

To sum it up:

It has Marchesini wheels, Ohlins forks and shock, Brembo master cylinder, slipper clutch and a titanium exhaust all of which make it as much of a Replica Racer as any other one on the market.

This bike looks to be a flawless example of a limited production Superbike. Now I know that producing 500 of any LE bike doesn’t exactly put it in the ultra rare category, but this one begs to be purchased and put on a shelf like a barrel of Pappy Van Winkle and let time do it’s part.

dd