Posts by tag: R1 LE

Yamaha November 12, 2018 posted by

Yellow jacket: Zero-mile 2006 Yamaha R1 LE

To celebrate its 50th anniversary. Yamaha busted out the paint booth and the option sheet to create a limited run of hopped-up versions of their R1 literbike. The 2006 Yamaha R1 LE delivered the perfect birthday present to the storied brand, showing that Japanese brands were indeed capable of and interested in building special versions of their already potent road weapons. Just 500 LEs came to the states, wearing the black and yellow livery that made Kenny Roberts and the bikes famous in the 1970s, and bedecked with Ohlins suspension front and rear and a set of gold featherweight Marchesini rims.

2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Like a couple of the Ducatis we have posted recently, the owner of this R1 LE took its aspirations as a collector bike seriously and never rode it. At all. In its 12 years, it has racked up exactly zero miles. The only alteration from stock appears to be 500 cc GP World Champion Wayne Rainey’s signature on the front numberplate. The seller offers very few details, but the pictures speak for themselves.

From the eBay listing:

New 2006 Yamaha R1 LE #428 of 500 sold by Yamaha. Always on display never ridden. It is New. Signed by Wayne Raney.

Please note we are an Ohio motorcycle dealer and are required to process the title into your name. We are also required to collect sales tax if you are an Ohio buyer and also buyers from AZ,CA,FL,IN,MA,MI and SC. Questions please call Al at 740-928-4454

The buy-it-now on this special, rare Yamaha is set at $17,500, sliding it in well below the price point for a similarly bedecked Italian machine. The R1 LEs may have flown under the radar, but to the right collector they are gold, and this one is a literal museum piece.

Yellow jacket: Zero-mile 2006 Yamaha R1 LE
Sport Bikes For Sale February 26, 2011 posted by

2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition #226 of 500 For Sale

2006 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition #226 of 500

Location: Deptford, NJ
Mileage: 0/1
Price: $9,999.00 current bid or $15,499.00 B.I.N.

As recently as Thursday I had two conversations about this very model with my buddies Steve and Glenn; both having recently purchased this model.

My feelings about this bike are the same now as they were in 2006 in that these will suffer the same fate as other Homologation Sportbikes. They will go way down in price only to shoot back up as time passes. I personally would love to have one of these and like all of my other stuff I’d be the proud owner (for a few months) and would take great care of it.

I’m sure there are many folks, just like myself, who appreciates a well taken care of motorcycle. In this particular case there’s no need to worry because it has 0 miles and has only been looked at for the better part of 5 years now.

This one has all the parts to be a true collector-
-low miles
-being sold as new, but no factory warranty which means it was sold and titled
-snazzy tool kit
-original everything

Since these are only in their collectible infancy it’s too early to say for sure, but I’m going to assume that since these have painted or anodized everything they will age very well if kept out of the sun. We’ve all seen way too many 80’s/90’s collectibles that have corrosion or discolored aluminum bits.

The R1 LE’s came from the factory with plenty of trick bits such as a slipper clutch, gold Marchesini’s, Ohlins forks, Ohlins shock, adjustable ride height, Titanium exhausts and upgraded Pirelli rubber.

This one is sitting close to the original MSRP of $18,000 so I’m assuming it won’t sell, at that price, this early in the game. And if it does sell it will take a long, long time for the buyer to get a return on investment.

So, if you’re in the market and have a lot of time to kill you can