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Yamaha June 8, 2022 posted by

Forbidden Fruit: 2005 Yamaha MT-01 In The USA

For many the current line up of Yamaha’s MT series naked bikes are the go to performance street bikes.  They offer a very attractive package of usable speed and manageable ergonomics.  If you are looking to have one do it all motorcycle, it is hard to go wrong with an MT07 or other offerings.  With how popular this segment has become it is crazy to think that Yamaha did not bring the MT01 to the USA when launched in 2005.  They felt that there would not be a market for a high performance naked V twin.

The 102 cubic inch (1670 for those metric fans) engine produced about 90 horsepower and a stump pulling 110 pound feet of torque.  The front end was taken from the R1 superbike as were the brakes.  Weighing in around 550 pounds means this is never going to be a track monster, but there is more to life than just lap times.  A muscle bike on the street is a rowdy proposition and will offer a rider endless smiles.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2005 Yamaha MT01 imported UK Mint Condition only 5,000 km

VIN Jyrp121000010032

Currently listed with a Buy It Now price of $12,800 and few details in the listing.  The main question any US based buyer will have is where and how it was titled.  The bike is not old enough to qualify for the 25 year exemption, but there have been other MT-01s titled in the USA.

Forbidden Fruit:  2005 Yamaha MT-01 In The USA
Sport Bikes For Sale November 13, 2012 posted by

Imported: 1987 Yamaha TZR-250

For Sale: 1987 Yamaha TZR-250

Breathe deep, smell the castor, and (optionally) flip the bird to the EPA. Zing it up to redline and fear no floating valves. Live on the pipe on the way up, and the popcorn popping on the over run. Ahhh. Gotta love them two strokes!

This TZR-250 is a Japanese import. There is no title attached, so anticipate some hassles from The Man if you want to run this one on the street. As a track day bike, this might just be the ideal mount for those of us that are less immortal than Hayden or Edwards. More modern smokers might be quicker, but this one will definitely get some attention.

From the seller:
1987 TZR 250 imported from Japan (DOES NOT HAVE TITLE!!!! I have MSO you must title !!!) this is a collector bike this bike is all stock no road rashes no scratches on the pipes and very low miles only 3398 KM

I have owned for over 10 years I have put less than 100 miles on it. I bought from private collection you wont find a nicer factory race bike.

Other than the seller calling this street bike a racer – and aside from the Pirelli and Arai stickers which hopefully are not covering up any rash – this looks to be a solid import. There is some sort of scuff on the frame, but that is not clear in the photographs. Only $3,250 (with reserve not met) at the time of writing, this TZR might have a new home before the weekend. If you think that blue smoke is all part of your carbon footprint, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Bimota May 15, 2009 posted by

Bimota Friday

Any Bimota is rare, unless it is today; then you have seven to choose from!

First is a 1988 YB4 located in Smithtown, New York.  A very clean example, however, the Isle of Man title could make it very difficult/impossible to register it if YB4’s were never officially imported. See the ebay ad here.

Update: Sold for $10,655.00 on 05/23/09

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Next, from the same seller, is another fuel injected Yamaha Bimota: A 1990 YB6.  The Italian flag colors are very cool, it has a claimed mileage of zero, looks to be ver clean (possible dent in the silencer?), but again, this bike suffers from a foreign (British) title.  I would also be weary of the digital binnacle.  The seller hasn’t posted any pictures to show that it actually works (you would expect that he would show of the odometer at zero) and I would expect any faults in the binnacle extremely expensive and extremely difficult to have repaired.  See it’s ebay ad here.

Update: Sold for $13,867.00 on 05/23/09.

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More Yamaha powered Bimotas with a 1991 Bimota Deici from Bremerton, Washington.  A 12k mile bike (with 49 since full restoration) that is showroom clean.  A gorgeous bike in yellow.  The seller seems confused as to what they are asking for the bike; it has be posted at $13460, $14995 (after being posted at 13.4), while the whole time the ad has stated $19995.  Being unoriginal, I would think it fair closer to the 13.5 number.  See the Craigslist ad here.

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Next up is a Suzuki powered Bimtoa; a 1998 Bimota SB6R located in Pittsburgh, Penn.  Still pre-bankruptcy and Suzuki powered this bike is probably quite reliable for an Italian exotic.  The Challenge Stradale in the background doesn’t look bad either.  Shown with zero miles and no mention of non U.S. title, this looks like quite a wise purchase.  Watch or bid on it at the ebay ad here.

Update: Reserve not met at $9,100.00 on 05/20/09.

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In Big Lake, Montana is a Ducati powered 2000 Bimota DB4.  Being regularly exercised (but not mentioning its total mileage), I would expect this DB4 to be properly sorted and very use able for the next owner.  Advertised at $10000, I would imagine this to be the pick for someone who wants a Bimota they can use and enjoy.  See its Craigslist ad here.

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Next is a modern Bimota with Suzuki power:  A 2006 Bimota SB8K located in Durham, NC.  Another show piece with zero miles, this bike is probably best if you’re looking for a modern bike to collect.  See the ebay ad here.

Update: Reserve not met at $12,222.00 on 05/17/09.

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Lastly for today is the newest and most extreme Bimota:  A 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D located in (you probably guessed it) Beverly Hills, CA.  Claimed as No. 29 of 29 in the world this is a rare piece of machinery.  Depending upon whom you associate with, it should be safe to say that with a 3D you would be the envy of your friends and the only one on the block with one.  Advertised at $38500, makes it the rarest and most expensive Bimota I’ve posted today.  See the Craigslist ad here.

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My pick for the day?  Rationally the SB6R from Pittsburgh, but, obviously I’d take the Tesi if presented with the option.

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