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Bimota September 5, 2019 posted by

If It Ain’t Broke: 1994 Bimota YB8 for Sale

Many of the Yamaha-powered Bimotas like today’s YB8 look suspiciously similar, and while I’m sure there are physical differences in the frames and fairings, I’d also bet that many parts are interchangeable between them. The YB8 used an updated YB6 frame, along with Yamaha’s 1002cc, five-valve inline-four and EXUP exhaust system from the FZR1000. During this period, the 750cc-powered YB4 was homologated to win races in WSBK, while the YB8 was a more road-oriented “unlimited class” sportbike.

Of course, being a Bimota, it used lightweight bodywork designed to come apart easily and allow access to the oily bits sandwiched between the gorgeous, aluminum frame spars. Wisely, Bimota borrowed more than just the FZR1000’s engine and gearbox: it also uses their wiring harness and gauges, as well as other assorted bits, to help put “Italian reliability” jokes and concerns to bed. The Bimota YB8 weighed a claimed 396lbs dry, a whopping 52lbs lighter than the FZR1000 and an obvious benefit of the bike’s single-minded design and construction. I’ve no doubt Japan could have built something similarly light at the time, but they seemed to be obsessed with silly things like “versatility” and “durability” when designing their roadbikes.

Power was up significantly from the FZR’s claimed 125hp as well to 149hp, although that was largely down to the Japanese manufacturers’ “gentleman’s agreement” to limit horsepower and top speeds. A few Japanese performance cars were suspiciously fast for having just “276hp,” so I’ve no idea how “de-restricted” the YB8 actually is, but just dropping 50lbs from an otherwise stock FZR would provide a huge boost to performance, and tuning wasn’t really Bimota’s strong point anyway.

Handling and looks were the goal and the YB8 delivered, with a claimed top speed of 173mph. 150hp is still pretty stout by today’s standards, and the 86lb-ft of torque, combined with the wide, flexible powerband of the 20-valve EXUP motor mean the bike should still be real-world fast. Adjustable Marzocchi components at both ends mean very stable handling, while Brembo calipers and 320mm floating discs up front combine with the bike’s light weight to offer nearly modern levels of stopping power.

Just 252 were built between 1990-1991. The bike was upgraded in 1993 to the YB8E that replaced the original 38mm Mikuni CV carburetors with fuel injection, although this example is dated from 1994 and appears to retain the original carburetors. Roll with it: we’re talking about Bimota here. Maybe 1994 is when it was first registered?

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Bimota YB8 for Sale

Rare and gorgeous Bimota YB8 with 6,000 miles

Carburetor version

This bike origin France has known only one owner. It has just been revised from top to bottom after a few years of inactivity. All consumables and fluids are new.

Original paint, very rare option or shock absorber and Öhlins fork.

Sold with the documentation of time, tools, certificate of conformity. French registration, can ship worldwide.

Located in Vitrolles, France.

The asking price is for this very clean looking YB8 is $13,900. Plus shipping and handling, of course. Bimotas of the era seem to trade for a good bit less when they show up for sale here in the USA, although this one appears to be nearly perfect and is ready to roll after a refresh. If you’re looking for a classic Bimota, the extra cost might pay off, assuming the bike is as good as it looks.

-tad

If It Ain’t Broke: 1994 Bimota YB8 for Sale
Yamaha May 8, 2019 posted by

Too Little or Just Enough? 1990 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale

The Yamaha’s R1M’s crossplane crank inline four makes 197 claimed horsepower. The brand-new, heavily revised BMW S1000RR supposedly makes 205. The new Ducati Panigale V4R? 221 horsepower. Where will it end? These bikes are technological marvels, with relatively minimal mass, power that would trump a world superbike machine of just a few years ago, and the electronics required to keep relatively novice pilots from launching themselves into next week when they sneeze and open the throttle a bit more than intended. But does that make these machines more fun? How much power can you really use on the road, and is anything more than 100hp really just gilding the lily?  Or did we hit “peak fun” with bikes like this 1990 Yamaha FZR400U?

On paper, pure performance is no contest, if that’s your definition of “fun.” The 399cc inline four that motivated the FZR400 was certainly much higher spec than you’d normally expect from a bike this size, and featured liquid-cooling, dual overhead cams, and sixteen valves. Unfortunately, there’s no replacement for displacement, and it all adds up to a claimed 64hp. The aluminum Deltabox frame helps reduce mass and the resulting 410 wet weight is light, but not shockingly so. Brakes are single-piston, but at least there are two of them up front.

But in spite of the fairly bland power-to-weight, the FZR was endowed with that magical agility possessed by the very best sportbikes. Handling certainly was a strong point for the FZR400, and these are famously competent sportbikes, although they often get overshadowed by Honda’s much more exotic VFR400R. That should be no surprise as, in many markets, the 400cc class was considered “middleweight” and was hotly contested on track and in showrooms. In the US, 400cc was definitely “entry-level” territory, and most companies gave only a half-hearted effort in selling their wares here: only the Honda CB-1 that shared an engine with the CBR400 and the Yamaha FZR400 made it here officially

As you can see from the pictures, it appears to be in very original condition, although the stalk-mount adapter for the left front turn signal is missing, and there’s plenty of surface corrosion and a few minor scuffs, as described by the seller below. The front calipers also look very freshly painted, which suggests regular maintenance of the parts that really matter.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Yamaha FZR400U for Sale

This is a used 1989 Yamaha FZR400 with a clear title and very low miles, 28,375 mi. I don’t ride this, nor is it registered, so the mileage will not change. Selling to make space in my garage. I am the second owner of this ‘89 FZR400, it has spent the last 8 years in a climate controlled storage unit due to me being deployed. I had the fuel system flushed and the bike was serviced this past month, in addition it had a new battery installed. The tires are not dry rotten so I didn’t have them replaced. I can provide a video of the bike being started if you so desire. Being that it is a carburated model it takes a bit of choke to get it turned over. Now on to the pictures. As you can see there is some battle damage from a few different incidents. Since I have had it there was no use on it so the few chips and scrapes were done by the previous owner. There is some pitting on the forks and other aluminum bits. I didn’t see any cracks in the plastic, however keep in mind this has the OEM plastics on it. An oil change has been done recently,11Mar18, with Motul 5100 and K&N oil filter. Belly pan has some light scrapes and some distortion from the exhaust. This can be seen the photos. The heat distortion is the same that my ‘90 FZR400 has, the difference being my ‘90 has 1/6 the mileage on it. I can be present if you want the bike shipped, however I am not arranging shipping. I am not in a hurry to see this so, any low-ball offers will not be considered.

The seller refers to this as “very low miles” and, unless you’re talking about a car, I’m not sure nearly 30,000 miles qualifies. That being said, it’s not like this thing has been used as a commuter hack, so the miles wouldn’t necessarily put me off, either. Otherwise, it sounds like a solid bike, given the supposed care it’s received. After years of being the ideal budget-minded track or canyon ripper, these are starting to gain traction as collectibles. Certainly, they’re among the best-looking bikes of the era, with the classic Yamaha colors, twin headlamps, and chunky aluminum frame. Starting bid is $5,799.00 with no takers as yet. Prices seem to be on the rise for these, but the seller may be jumping the gun here and I’d say a $5,799.00 asking price is probably still a bit optimistic.

-tad

Too Little or Just Enough? 1990 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale
Yamaha June 1, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU for Sale in California!

Update 6.2.2017: Sold in just 12 hours! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a rare sportbike for sale, model years 1980ish to 2004ish, consider our Featured Listing service for $59. Email me to see to get started: dan@motoringblogs.com

When you think of Yamaha’s homologation specials, you probably picture their extremely exotic OW01, but this very nice FZR750RU fulfilled a similar purpose: to homologate the 750cc FZR for racing, in this case the American AMA Superbike series. Spec is far lower than the OW01, but so are current prices and if you’re looking to get into a collectible Yamaha, this would be a far more affordable proposition, and one you could actually ride.

The FZR750RU weighed in at around 460lbs dry, had the typical 17″ front and 18″ rear wheels of the era, used a close-ratio six-speed gearbox, and was powered by a 749cc version of Yamaha’s five-valve “Genesis” inline four. Interestingly, the very limited-production RU was the only 750cc Yamaha imported during this era: there was no “normal” version, at least here in the USA. Of course, if you wanted a Yamaha sportbike during the late 1980s, you had plenty of other options to choose from: the light and nimble FZR400, the everyman steel-framed FZR600, even the big-bore FZR1000.

Five-valve engines are pretty rare and, although Volkswagen and Ferrari have dabbled in the technology, it was Yamaha’s calling card for years. Typically, you’re looking at three intake and two exhaust valves, and although complexity is increased, there are multiple theoretical benefits. The three smaller valves flow fuel and air more effectively and fill the cylinder faster than two larger valves that would fit into the same space, and the configuration creates a compact combustion chamber so the mixture can burn more efficiently. In addition, the smaller, lighter intake valves have less inertia and put less stress on the springs that close them.

This particular example of the FZR750RU looks very clean and well cared-for, with original parts, owner’s manuals, and lots of quality photographs. It’s especially nice that the seller includes several pictures of the bike without its bodywork, showing off the aluminum Deltabox frame and other bits that can accumulate grime and significant wear. What is the price for this bit of Yamaha history? The seller is asking $7,500 and can be contacted here: Bike is SOLD

It should also be noted that Jay has been an RSBFS regular for years, buying and selling nearly 10 bikes through the site in that time.

From the Seller: 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU for Sale

One owner 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU limited edition homologation motorcycle.  One of 200 imported into the US, only  4420 original miles, a rare bike that will continually rise in value.  The single owner took great care of this bike, it was a weekend rider for the for the first few years then it was parked and stored, last registered in 1995.  I have most of the original paperwork and documentation, including the original owners manual, service manual, warranty manual and I have the original title.  The owner is a retired engineer, he documented and cared for the bike as you would expect.  I have a stack of index cards filled with notes about the care and service of the bike. The factory service manual has signs of use and a few hand written notes. 

I have serviced the bike and ridden it about 50 miles.  The service included replacing all fluids (brake/clutch fluid, coolant, fuel and oil), ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt carbs, drained and replaced the fuel.  I put a lot of time into cleaning the brake caliper pistons and seals.  I also replaced the rear brake pads, a few pieces of factory hardware and re-installed the stock screen.  The bike includes a few oil filters, a NOS set of tires, a aftermarket screen, a rear stand and some other small bits.  This bike is ready to ride except for the potentially original tires currently fitted.  Everything felt good when I rode it around but I haven’t pushed it very hard. 

Targeted for the American market, the FZR750RU is not especially valuable yet and may never achieve the desirability of the OW01 but, with just 200 examples of the 1988 model built to exactly meet AMA minimum production numbers, it certainly has the potential to appreciate significantly, and it’s a very handsome example of 80s sportbike style.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU for Sale in California!
Yamaha December 30, 2014 posted by

Exotic Yammie: 1989 FZR750R OW01 in New Zealand

Update 12.30.2014: This OW01 is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $20k. If you missed it the first time, this is a very reasonable buy! -dc

Because the specs and overall silhouette for the Yamaha FZR750R are misleadingly similar to the regular FZR750 and don’t feature an exotic engine configuration like the Honda’s RC30’s gear-driven V4, it might be easy to overlook the OW01 as simply a warmed-over FZR. But it’s every bit as exotic as its rivals, boasting pure racing guts and high-spec bits throughout.

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 L Side

In fact, with only 500 made between 1989 and 1991, it’s fair to say that the OW01 is even more rare and desirable than the RC30, although it was not nearly successful in racing as the Honda.

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 Frame Plate

Because while it might look like a fairly standard FZR, everything about the OW01 is “bespoke”: castings of magnesium, internals of titanium, bore x stroke not shared with any other production Yamaha, flat-slide carbs to fed fuel, and even the frame, while looking stock, was made from higher-quality aluminum. The bike featured Yamaha’s signature five-valve heads and midrange-fattening EXUP valve that gave the motor a surprisingly street-friendly drivability, assuming you kept in mind that the flat-slide carbs couldn’t just be whacked open at low revs…

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 Rear Wheel

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01

The OW01 was Yamaha’s answer to the Honda VFR750R RC30 and is much rarer and exotic. When launched for 1989 in the UK the OW01 cost a staggering £12,700, more than twice as much as an FZR1000, with the optional race kit adding £2,415 to the price. Just 197 made their way to the UK, and only 88 were road registered, many of which went straight into collections. By way of comparison, the Honda RC30 cost £8,499 but its race kit was considerably more extensive and expensive. (Yamaha included much more race-orientated trickery as standard, hence the difference). To put all that into perspective, the 2014 list price of a Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike is just £12,399 .

We bought this example in Tokyo and it is frame #648. It is in excellent condition and has travelled just 4,700 miles or 7,600 kilometers. The OW01 is super collectible, we have another example on display in our Auckland showroom which has travelled just 2,800 kilometers. The OW01 is better than stocks or money in the bank we think.

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 Tank

The 119hp output seems pretty lukewarm by today’s standards, but this was state-of-the-art in 1989, a barely-tamed animal for the road that existed only to enable Yamaha’s World Superbike racing efforts, although the EXUP valve did make it reasonably usable on the street. Just keep in mind: like most homologation specials, these require much more maintenance to keep them running than the everyday FZR on which it was based.

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 Dash

It is designed for the track, although tragically, most have ended up in living rooms. They didn’t have the winning record of Honda’s RC30, but sheer rarity and exotic specifications make this a blue-chip collectable of the first order. Bidding is up to $15,000 US with just one day to go. Keep in mind that this bike is in New Zealand if you’re looking to bid!

-tad

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 Shock

Exotic Yammie: 1989 FZR750R OW01 in New Zealand
Yamaha November 13, 2013 posted by

One Owner 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU in Colorado

Yamaha FZR750RU For Sale

For all those tire kickers that show up in the comments of perfect but never ridden examples, here is a rare bike AND it has been ridden! Our latest Feature Listing is for this FZR750RU, Yamaha’s homologation special before the infamous OW01. We have seen a fair number of these this year and prices are definitely appreciating. This example has a few blems from a tip over but as you can see the overall condition looks better than very good. And at just $4500 you can feel good about putting the next 30k miles on this one!

dc

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from the seller:

1988 Yamaha FZR750RU FOR SALE

Own a piece of motorcycling history, Super Rare motorcycle!
Only 225 imported into the US

Ohlins Shock
1990 OW01 front wheel, forks, triple-clamps
YZF mirrors, brake and clutch master-cylinders, adjustable front brake and clutch levers
Modern Yamaha mirrors allow you to see more than just your elbows
Brembo Cast-Iron brake rotors with Nissin calipers
Aluminum clip-on handlebars
Polished frame and upper triple clamp
Rear turnsignals replaced with front (3 lead) turnsignals and wired to also perform as running lights for additional visibility
Manual fan switch wired into loom
Heated Grips
Steel braided brake and Clutch lines
Racing seat cowl
Factory Yamaha service manual
New battery
Shift pattern has been converted to 1 up and 5 down with stock shift lever. Can very easily be converted back to standard pattern if desired.
K&N Air Filter

Original owner

33,670 miles

Right side of front upper and lower cowling have minor damage from being blown over in Colorado winds. Right heated grip is torn from same wind incident. Grip still heats and does not drag on handlebar. There are also a few chips in the paint on the fuel tank from rocks and car doors.

Contact the seller by email

One Owner 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU in Colorado
Sport Bikes For Sale March 14, 2013 posted by

Another 1988 Yamaha FZR750RU For Sale!

Glenwood Springs, CO – 36,000mi – $2,500 BIN

This is the third FZR750 we have featured in as many weeks. I am wondering if the sale of the first one has inspired people to list their rides. The second one is still for sale and current bidding is well above the price for the BIN for this bike.

88FZR750RU_4

These are know as the predecessor to the OW-01 (this one seems like a steal if it checks out!) and were homologated for AMA racing, meaning that roughly 200 were brought to the US for sale. The current bike for sale here has significantly higher miles than the last two with a whopping 36k on the clock. It also doesn’t appear as stock with some little mods here and there and most noticeably the Japanese flag style main lower faring.

88FZR750RU_3

From the seller:

1 of 200 imported into the US, 36k miles, spares, custom Kerker exhaust, runs great, ready for street or museum. Located in Glenwood Springs, CO, USA

This bike was the immediate predecessor to the famous OW01. It is extremely rare to have an oppurtunity to acquire a homologation race bike. They were the fastest bikes made at the time and there were very few produced….just enough (200) to meet homologation race rules and qualify as a “production” bike. It runs, sounds and handles like a race bike because it is one…..only made street worthy with lights and signals.

The bike looks clean from the photos. There are no straight on shots of the pipe-side of the bike, so its hard to tell if there are any frame or crank case scratching to indicate if it was ever down. I would be curious as to why the lower fairing was changed from stock (crash or style preference?). Regardless, its still a cool and uncommon bike with a relatively low BIN. Want it? Then check out the auction here and act fast!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale November 10, 2011 posted by

Ein Sammler Traum: 0 Mile 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OWO1

Ein Sammler Traum: 0 Mile 1998 Yamaha FZR750R OWO1

Google Translation don’t fail me now, this truly is a collectors dream. I really don’t have too much to say here. If you collect Yamaha’s here is your opportunity to own a piece of Yamaha race history that looks just as good as it did rolling off of the production line. You just might need to speak a little German to get the deal done.

Enjoy some more pictures:

Here is the story from Deutschland:

Dear Yamaha owners and fans,

we have a very special offer for you today. You get the opportunity to purchase a mega-rare legendary Yamaha OW01 Sportsbike. The exciting thing is that the bike is absolutely NEW, it has never run, it has no mileage, it is right out of the box.

We got the bike from a crazy OW01 collector who had two bikes for street and this one for keeping new as a collectors piece.

The bike has never been registrated, the document papers are blank!

Unfortunately we did not get the also new owners manual, the pre-owner couldn’t find it anymore.

We are official Honda dealer in northern Germany for 30 years now, we want you to know that we are absolutely serious, please have a look at www.wellbrock.com for further details.

We are able to organize worldwide shipping of the bike, please ask for shipping costs.

Please have a look at the pictures we took of the bike. The pictures show exactly the bike that we are about to sell.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Regards,

Team Wellbrock & Co.

Brakes have come a long way since 1998. The dealership in Germany is asking $29,000 for the privilege. Here is a little sample of OWO1 asking prices from around the globe in the last few months:

Australia- A rather used example- $13,000 Australian

USA- Nice example with 12,000 miles- $17,500

UK- Another clean bike with low miles- $14,000

Over priced or perfect price it might be a long time before you see one with no mileage again.

Call the shipping company, check in with your favorite customs agent and then click here.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale February 25, 2011 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 In The United Kingdom

A gorgeous looking OW01 with less than 3k miles!

Bike:  1989 Yamaha FZR750R

Miles:  2,950

Price:  £15,000 (GBP)

Location:  Somewhere in the UK.

This seller has a few bikes for sale, and this one is the best looking!  The seller states that this OW01 is an original UK bike and has been stored in a climate controlled environment since new.  Other than mentioning that this bike is in fantastic condition, the seller also states that this bike comes with:

…ALL THE ORIGINAL PAPERWORK FOR THE BIKE, OWNERS MANUAL, SALES BROCHURE, SERVICE BOOK,  TOOL KIT, ORIGINAL TYRES AND ORIGINAL SPARE KEYS.

The seller is very correct in stating that the FZRR’s seem to be the rarest of the WSB homologation bikes and I fully agree, this bike is a finely tweaked racing machine that sill looks very similar to the FZR1000 that was available at the same time.  However, I believe the saying is everything that is rare isn’t valuable and, unfortunately, the FZR750R isn’t up to RC30 levels yet.  That being said, you’re going to have to be pretty keen on the OW01 to justify the asking price of £15,000.00  ($24,229.30 USD as of this writing).  The seller is feeling no guilt in the last thrashes of the recession–hopefully–as he is asking OW02 money for an OW01.  But, if you’re so inclined, I invite you to see if you can talk the seller, down, down to a reasonable level via the eBay link .

AG