Posts by tag: Thunderace

Yamaha August 21, 2019 posted by

What’s in a Name – 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace

Never a champ in the showroom, the YZF1000R bided the factory’s time until the R1 was ready, and is a smashing buy on the used market.  This one is in rather special condition with just 9,000 miles.

1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace for sale on eBay

Yamaha offered the liter-sized YZF offshore for several years while we had the comparable but heavier FZR.  For one year before the R1 appeared, the Thunderace showed the refinement of the Genesis and EXUP systems in a ergo-friendly package.  Part of the refinement was weight control, tipping the scales at 430 lbs. dry.  Reputed close relations to the YZF750R gave great handling, and the 20-valve engine reported 145 hp.  Analog 38mm Mikuni carburettors were helped by electronic ignition with throttle position sensors providing another data point to the EXhaust Ultimate Power valve, which alters exhaust collector volume to increase flow.

With only two owners over 22 years, this YZF looks excellent.  If the new owner is a rider, new rubber will be required.  From the eBay auction:

1997 YZF1000R in beautiful, extra clean condition. Never crashed. Very original stock motorcycle except for installation of a Yoshimura Stainless Steel Exhaust.  Lockhart tank bra, original tool kit and aftermarket rear stand included.

9,000 original miles on the odometer. Recent carburetor rebuild and carb synchronization. New air filter installed. Bike runs excellent, very fast and tons of torque. No leaks anywhere. Can provide video of cold start and engine running if desired.
Lights, blinkers, horn and gauges all work as expected. Good battery. Brakes in good condition. Tires are OK but should be replaced soon.  This YZF is an excellent, well kept example of a very unique and rare motorcycle. All original factory installed labels and stickers are still in place. Very nice bike for a Yamaha collector.

The YZF1000R was the transition model between the FZR1000 and the venerable YZF R1. Although Yamaha manufactured this model from 1996 thru 2002 for the European market where it was sold as the Thunder Ace, it was available in the United States for only one year in 1997 and was marketed and sold as the YZF1000R.

Yamaha claimed a drag coefficient of just .29 for the roomy fairing, but reviewers groused about the right wrist affecting gas mileage.   The torquey powertrain offered smooth acceleration from 2,000 to 11,500 rpm and 100 mph in second gear !  This model never had a chance to develop a following here, but became a distinctive Euro sport-tourer.  A good value for the buy-it-now, this example could go back to two-lane two-up, or be shown as a mint single-year rarity.

-donn

What’s in a Name – 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace
Yamaha July 8, 2019 posted by

Grace, Space, and Pace: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 Thunderace for Sale

I co-opted Jaguar’s old motto for that headline, but it does seem to apply to the short-lived Yamaha YZF1000. Known in some markets as the “Thunderace,” the YZF1000 was quickly superseded by the class-breaking R1, but it was an open-class motorcycle in the GSX-R1100 and ZX-11 mold, offering handling, reasonable comfort, and real-world performance. Weight and power figures aren’t attention-grabbing by today’s standards, but these days you can pick up this handsome and versatile motorcycle for very little cash.

The “Genesis” inline four engine had Yamaha’s distinctive, forward-canted design and an odd 1002cc displacement. It was packed with their signature performance-enhancing technology, including five-valve heads and an EXUP Exhaust Ultimate Power Valve that helped with midrange performance. Pretty much every modern sportbike has some kind of exhaust valve now, but Yamaha were the first to apply the concept to four-stroke engines. The package was good for 145hp and 164mph, which is plenty fast for any roadbike, unless your weekends involve illicit drag races top-gear roll-ons against modern superbikes with extended-swingarms and nitrous on deserted stretches of freeway…

As with some other open-class sportbikes of the era, the “Thunderace” had a five-speed gearbox, since the engine had an ample spread of torque, but the six-speed from a YZF750R apparently will fit into the cases. So you can always bolt that in, if you happen to have one lying around. An updated Deltabox frame from the YZF750R was wrapped around the engine and gearbox, and the Thunderace saw one of the first applications of Yamaha’s famous “blue-spot” calipers that saw use on the original R1.

Today’s example is exceptionally clean, even considering the low miles. As the seller indicates, there are a couple of very minor flaws in the bodywork, but that can be easily overlooked if you just plan to ride it, or corrected if you plan to squirrel it away deep underground in your private, climate-controlled collection.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 Thunderace for Sale

1997 Yamaha YZF1000R “Thunderace” 1003cc motorcycle with 8,980 original 2-owner miles with all original plastics and paint. I purchased from the original owner in early 2018. The YZF1000R was last year Yamaha used its bulletproof FZR1000 EXUP engine, stuffing it into a 600cc superbike frame – and this bike was only imported to the U.S. for one year (sold in Europe from 1996-2003). The YZF1000R is the bridge between the FZR1000 and R1 models. 

Perfect addition for ANY collection or to ride for the next 100k miles if you’d like. This bike starts/runs like a sewing machine, dives into corners like a champion, stops on an absolute dime, and rides/feels/looks like a nearly new bike. Maintains operating temperature as she should, pulling hard toward to redline from any RPM and in any gear. The only non-original item I can find on this bike are the installed Helibars, which have completely improved the riding position.

Bike was recently serviced by a former Yamaha mechanic and FZR/YZF1000R expert. New fork seals and oil, carbs cleaned and tuned/adjusted, new spark plugs, EXUP valve serviced, new valve cover gasket, new thermostat, o-ring and coolant. Also, installed new NOS cleaner element, rebuilt clutch using only OEM Yamaha frictions, springs and clutch springs, new OEM Yamaha front and rear brake pads, new OEM Yamaha oil filter, new OEM Yamaha fuel tank petcock (under tank), fresh oil, coolant, brake and clutch fluid. New NOS radiator cap installed, new NOS windscreen recently installed. Tires are nearly new with less than 800 easy miles on them. I’d estimate with the shop rates and parts costs, I’ve got $2000.00+ in the bike over the past year. With that said, she needs nothing else mechanically done to her.

Zero issues with this bike (e.g., does not pop out of gear on hard acceleration, strong clutch lever and grip, does not use or drip oil, etc.). Cooling fan come up when bike reaches proper temperature; she does not overheat in the Texas summers. Has only been fed non-ethanol fuel for the past year + Sta-bill additive = zero carb. issues (I don’t run ethanol-blended fuel in either of my bikes). Two original ignition keys come with the bike.

Winner of the bike will get all the original paperwork from the original owner, including the original sales invoice and other documents. Incredible documented history!

The only cosmetic flaws (see photos) came from shipping the bike. Note the left cowl where it meets the fairing is cracked (repaired inside the cowl – repair is not visible), note the cowl is cracked under/behind the LH mirror, note the fuel tank has a small ding in the top. Also note the original exhaust can has a dent underneath/to the outside (photographed) and scome scratching near the head pipe where your RH boot would be.  

The seller also includes additional pictures here, and a video of the bike running here, along with a video of Richard Hammond’s review. With a starting bid of $4,500 I think the seller might be aiming a bit high with this one, in spite of the low miles and condition. The Thunderace was a bit of a lame-duck bike for Yamaha: with the class-redefining R1 on the horizon, the YZF was soon very obsolete and the bike was only in production a short while, especially here in the US where it was only available for one year. That makes them pretty rare, but rarity doesn’t always equal value. Personally, I really like them, but I think the seller is overestimating its value at the moment.

-tad

Grace, Space, and Pace: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 Thunderace for Sale
Bimota August 29, 2018 posted by

Nice Price: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale

It seems like most of the Bimotas that come up for sale these days aren’t really for sale. I mean, if people wanted to actually sell them, the asking prices would probably be a bit lower… Bottom line: the Bimota YB11 is a cool bike and still pretty fast, even compared to modern bikes. But prices for 90s Bimotas in particular are at a low point right now. Honestly, I’d be very surprised if this continued indefinitely but, for the time being, these represent some pretty great bang for your collecting buck. Even if you end up not being able to source fork seals for the beefy, right-way-up Paioli forks on your Bimota YB11, you can always park this thing in your livingroom and no one will wonder why… Even if they think you’re crazy for replacing your flat-screen with an Italian motorcycle.

The YB11 is pretty classic Bimota: the engine is from Yamaha’s YZF1000R and basically unchanged, aside from being slotted into Bimota’s own aluminum frame that hugs the Genesis engine closely. Perhaps too closely: more on that later. The lightweight bodywork is swoopy and dramatic, the riding position pretty odd, and the bike actually was available with pillion accommodations, although this one is missing the rear pegs.

They’re elegant, exotic and, at least in terms of finding engine parts, pretty simple to keep running. Tales abound of strange little quirks that can keep them from being enjoyable: the weird, twin six-volt batteries in the nose of the SB6, the frames that block access to carburetors and prevent adjustment while they’re on the bike or the engine is in the frame, iffy fuel pumps, and so on. But for a person who wants something truly different, these Bimotas are pretty hard to beat.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale

Emilia Motors is happy to offer this 1997 Bimota YB11, these Bimotas really show the attention to detail that the Italian motorcycle builders put into the design and suspension of the bikes they build. The Bimota is truly a handcrafted work of art and are a must for any real motorcycle collection, plus the beauty and design are second to none. This bike has new tires, battery and starts and runs top notch. Manuals, rear stand and Bimota cover are included. Please feel free to call with any questions thanks Anthony 954-540-8495

So what is the seller asking for this one? $9,000 or $10,000? Nope. Just $6,799 buys you a slick, low-mileage Italian exotic a mechanically competent enthusiast could keep running for peanuts. Just don’t drop it: a whole new engine won’t be hard to find or expensive to rebuild, but that bodywork will be pricey if you drop it. Which is why I’m hoping this one doesn’t have damage on the right side, since the photographer couldn’t be arsed to turn the bike around for some additional pics…

-tad

Nice Price: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale
Yamaha August 22, 2017 posted by

Rolling Thunderace: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale

It’s pretty common for cars in the USA to get evocative names like “Cougar” and “Charger” or components with nonsensical, but cool-sounding names like “Vortec” or “Jetfire.” In the motorcycling world, the reverse seems more common, since today’s bike was known as the Yamaha YZF1000 here in the USA while overseas it was the “Thunderace,” big brother to the 600cc “Thundercat.” For me, it’s impossible to even read “Thundercat” without hearing it echo three times in my head, each time with increasing volume, followed by a resounding “HO!”…

The EXUP-equipped, 1003cc, five-valve Genesis inline four engine produced 145hp and 73lb-fts of torque, enough to push the 435lb dry YZF1000 to a top speed of 164mph. Tuned for midrange rather than top-end power, the gearbox made do with just five speeds instead of six. That all may not scream “cutting-edge performance” today, but the potential is there: Bimota used the same package to motivate their YB11 with only minor changes to the tuning, and no one ever complained that it was slow. Brakes on the big YZF were excellent as well and carried over to the later, lighter R1 while the aluminum frame was an evolution of the Deltabox unit found on the YZF750R.

Styling is very clean in either the grey-and-silver seen here or the more traditionally Yamaha red-and-white, both mercifully free of the horrific early 1990s graphics that seemed to afflict every Japanese motorcycle manufacturer. It’s not very exotic-looking, but very simple and handsome, an “adult” sportbike, and one seemingly owned by an adult in this case. Like the GSX-R1100, The Thunderace is a fast road bike or a sports-tourer with the emphasis firmly on the “sport” part of the equation, rather than than track-ready race-replica. It was followed by the YZF-R1 that pretty much rewrote the literbike rules, meaning the Thunderace is mostly forgotten today, although that’s an advantage now, as prices are low, even for examples as nice as this.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale

It’s time for my YZF1000 to find a new home. Of the 40-some bikes that I have owned over my lifetime this has been one of my all-time favorites. The decision to sell her was a tough one to make and I held out until now, but the time has come.

The YZF1000, or Thunderace as it’s known in Europe, is a true classic that was only available in the US for one year. If you’ve found this auction you probably know what these bikes are all about and that the YZF1000RJ earned Sportbike of the Year honors in ’97.This Ace is mechanic owned and in excellent condition.  It has never been crashed, dropped or abused and has been meticulously maintained.There are lots of extras on this bike that really make this one unique Thunderace, including some Over Racing Project parts straight from Japan.

Here is a list of the extra goodies:
• Ohlins rear shock
• Over Racing Project upper triple clamp
• Over Racing Project billet aluminum countershaft cover
• Over Racing Project floating rear brake assembly
• Custom made frame sliders
• Factory shift kit
• Lockhart-Phillips bar-end sliders
• Hand-made Goodridge -2 stainless steel brake lines
• Eurotail rear fender eliminator kit
• Lockhart-Philips carbon fiber tank protector
• Lockhart-Phillps carbon fiber dash cover
• 530 gearing conversion (from 532) with DID X-ring chain/ Pro-Tek sprockets

This is one nice bike with lots of extras. I took a lot of time and enjoyment in getting this bike perfectly set-up and balanced for about any riding scenario. Sport touring, commuting or carving up the back roads, this Ace will pleasantly surprise you! I also have the original factory service manual that will go along with the bike. I’ll even include the matching set of Tour Master luggage that you see pictured in the one photo. Whoever gets this bike going to be extremely happy.

This bike will be available for free local pick up. Any shipping arrangements and expenses are the buyer’s responsibility, but I will make myself available for whatever is arranged.

If you have any questions feel free to ask, I’m always happy to answer. The starting price is well below NADA value ($5,445) as is the reserve and BIN. I have maintained 100% positive feedback since joining eBay nearly 18 years ago, so bid with confidence! I’m a motivated seller, so all reasonable offers will be considered. Additional pictures are available upon request. As always, Good Luck and Happy Bidding!!

PS: Some of you local to the Akron/Canton (OH) area may even know this bike. Back in the day I used to ride it to work at Ohio Superbike Racing.

In general, liter-sized sportbikes from the Japanese Big Four aren’t especially rare here in the USA, although it can be very hard to find nice, clean, original examples. But the YZF wasn’t common at all here even when new and, as mentioned by the seller, was available for only one year. Honestly, I think I’ve seen more YZF-powered Bimotas than I’ve seen YZFs for sale in the past couple years! Mileage is extremely low considering the age and practicality of this beast: the seller even has one pic of the bike fitted with touring luggage! This example also includes a couple bits of Over Racing bling and some other tasteful and practical upgrades. There’s very little time left on the auction, with the Reserve unsurprisingly Not Met with just a few hours left to go. Hopefully, someone will snap this one up and give it a good thrashing… I mean, home!

-tad

Rolling Thunderace: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale
Bimota November 2, 2015 posted by

Rimini Blaster: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale

1997 Bimota YB11 R Front

Introduced in 1994 and weighing in at just 403lbs dry, the Bimota YB11 was a claimed 35lbs lighter than the Yamaha “Thunderace” that donated its powertrain, which hardly seems worthy of the name “Superleggera” but the difference between the two bikes is pronounced: the Bimota is sharper, more agile, more aggressive. It also helps that the motor was retuned slightly to a claimed 145hp with a larger airbox and freer-flowing exhaust that was good for a 170mph top speed, while the riding position helped enhance the bike’s more committed feel: high pegs gave miles of clearance and the long reach over the tank to the bars meant maximum attack, while Paioli suspension front and rear gave serious feedback, at least over smooth pavement…

1997 Bimota YB11 L Rear

Early Bimotas often used trellis frames similar to Ducati’s when they, you know, actually had frames… By the 90’s, Bimota had switched to a very light and stiff aluminum beam frame as seen here, along with an aluminum swingarm. It’s an interesting combination: the YZF1000 was a bit old-school, with a big 1002cc engine and a five-speed gearbox instead of six. It did use Yamaha’s five-valve heads for deep breathing and a wide powerband that’s miles from today’s literbike screamers.

1997 Bimota YB11 Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale

This beautiful machine is part of a wonderful collection of Italian Superbikes.  These bikes are owned by a friend who is 70 years young, and he has reluctantly decided to sell off some of them.  He’s not computer savvy, so he asked if I would list the bikes for him as a favor, and we decided to list them individually rather than listing all the bikes at one time.

This Bimota was recently serviced and a new battery installed.  It starts immediately and runs strong, with a wonderful exhaust note.  While not an absolutely show bike perfect, the cosmetics look extremely nice overall – it is evident that this bike has led a very pampered life.  I could not find any issues to note.

Since this bike has been on static display for some time, the tires should be replaced for safety if it will be ridden regularly.

1997 Bimota YB11 L Lower Fairing

Bimota made its name by taking powerful and reliable engines from Japan and fitting them into sophisticated frames with top-quality suspension at both ends, all wrapped up in lightweight bodywork that was generally very simply to remove and held on with just a handful of fasteners. They were racebikes for the road. But after the Japanese Big Four had mastered engines, they turned their relentless engineering might on the next big challenge: handling.

1997 Bimota YB11 Clocks

By the late 1980s, they’d caught up and Bimota increasingly had to rely on the exotic and exclusive nature of their bikes to sell, as their performance advantages evaporated and their Italian-ness became more pronounced. Out of the box, Bimotas were often overly-stiff, temperamental, and flawed. But the formula remained: use the best engines Japan has to offer and use them to power the most exotic bikes on the planet.

1997 Bimota YB11 L Rear Suspension

Bidding is very active on this bike and, with just two days left on the auction, is up to $7,300 with the Reserve Not Met. This should be a good bike to ride, with that flexible, proven YZF engine and gearbox. As a bonus, it even comes fitted with passenger pegs. Although considering it’s a Bimota, I wouldn’t assume there’s actually a pillion pad under that tail section…

-tad

1997 Bimota YB11 R Rear

Rimini Blaster: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale
Yamaha September 5, 2015 posted by

Thunder, Thunder, Thunderace! Sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 R Front

Yamaha’s YZF1000 wasn’t a big seller, and was available in the US for only one year, making this an extremely rare bike here. Five valves, five gears, and 1003cc’s should tell you pretty much all you need to know about this bike. Known as the “Thunderace” in many markets, the big YZF was a strange mix of high and low tech: it used Yamaha’s sophisticated five-valve inline four mated to a five-speed transmission. But the engine’s wide powerband means you really don’t need that sixth cog anyway.

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 L Front

This was really more a bike in the spirit of Kawasaki’s ZX-11 than one of today’s highly-strung, just barely under 1000cc machines. 147hp is still nothing to sneeze at today, especially when combined with a claimed 435lbs dry weight, and older literbikes like this were built for fast, two-up traveling, with midrange power undreamed of by today’s screaming twins and fours.

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 L Rear

And if those brakes look like they’ve been fitted fitted from a later R1, you’d be partly correct: the Thunderace was famous for its excellent brakes and was the first model to feature the one-piece, four-piston “blue spot” calipers that were later used on the R1.

This bike looks to be in excellent, well-maintained shape, considering its age. From the original eBay listing: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale

This model, Yamaha YZF1000R  in USA for one year only, 1997.  Last all purpose supersport  (not RR) with carbs.  198 kg (437 lbs) dry. Genesis 5-valve motor145 hp (133rw hp), forged (not cast) pistons, drag coefficient .29, forged aluminum rims, steering damper.  Frame is 5kg less than YZF 750R, hence equivalent dry weight w/20+hp advantage and more robust 5spd transmission carried on from FZR 1000.  Runs, shifts, handles as new.  New tires, brake pads, battery, chain, filters, all fluids.  Billet aluminum swingarm, smoked windshield.  Always kept in dry garage under cover. 

Extremely well kept overall, but for one repairable chip on upper left fairing, and one very small (1.25″) stress crack on right lower fairing. Chip shows on photo, crack too small to easily show here. Small chip at rear of white fiberglass cowling cap also too small to easily show. D&D carbon fiber exhaust as new with original aluminum exhaust nearly mint condition. Flush mounted front signals with originals included and shown.

From MC Review (see masterfairings.com blog):  “The last breed of the classic old school superbikes that Yamaha aimed to produce on an international level … it’s just overall a brilliant bike.”

In a December 1996 Car & Driver Magazine comparison test of Yamaha YZF1000R with Dodge Viper the bike won all acceleration tests, top gear roll on, etc., but greasy dusty track at Willow Springs  favored Viper until its motor blew and it DNF.

Scarcity and and content quality make this one a collectible low cost supersport ride.  Bike is beautiful, fast and comfortable, but not for beginner.

It’s not in perfectly original condition, although the seller does have the original exhaust can and turn signals if you’d prefer a dead-stock look. That clutch lever does look a bit bent, but that could be the result of a simple tip-over, something to be expected in a bike of this age.

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 L Fairing

The simple white-and-red panels on this bike have aged extremely well and give it a more sophisticated style that stand out in a sea of wild, paint-splash neon zebra designs that were popular during the 1990’s. All-in-all, with just 17,000 miles on the clock and $3,400 Buy It Now price, this represents a killer deal for sportbike fans on a budget.

-tad

1997 Yamaha YZF1000 R Side

Thunder, Thunder, Thunderace! Sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 for Sale
Bimota April 10, 2013 posted by

1997 Bimota YB11 Available with Very Low Miles

Update: The seller has notified us that this bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1997 Bimota YB11 For Sale

I know, an all too common tale amongst Bimota offerings in our Feature Listings. But I think you’ll agree after reading that this was recently purchased with the intent to ride and personal circumstances have changed that fate for this bike.

photo1

From the seller:

I bought this bike from a collector in Arizona a few months ago. I just had it fully serviced. I just had unexpected rotator cuff surgery and won’t be able to ride for 10-12 months. I haven’t even ridden the bike. I just bought a Ford GT so I decided to sell this bike.

It is pristine, no blemishes at all. Been stored in climate controlled space and it shows. A really a nice piece. All original. $8,700.

If this bike looks familiar you’re not seeing double. It is the bike that was sold off in this 4 bike sale in Arizona last November. Except now it has fresh oil and filter, and a fresh battery. It’s ready to ride.

photo6

YB11 Cliff notes: Utilizing the potent Yamaha 1000cc Thunderace motor, Bimota wraps it’s own bike around it with 51mm shocks, adjustable rake via eccentric bushes in the steering headstock, and the entire package weighs 31 pounds less than the Thunderace. Only 650 were built.

Add this bike to your collection and enjoy the entire season of good riding weather in style. Good luck with the sale Patrick!

dc

Bimota November 14, 2010 posted by

Bimota down under! Bimota YB11 for sale in Australia.

Bimota YB11 with Yamaha YZF1000 Thunder Ace engine for sale in Australia.

I surely wasn’t expecting to find this many Bimotas for sale, but right after posting the Tesi 3D, I found two other Bimota listings on ebay.  I already posted the SB6R that was “stranded’ in Europe and here’s the other listing – a YB11 in Australia.

First registered 2003.  Excellent condition, few stone chips around headlight.  Near new tyres. New chain and sprockets. Braided brake lines.  Reg to 14/07/11.  Yamaha 1000 Thunderace motor with Bimota Magic added.  A very fast, good handling motorcycle.  Original Owners Manual. Original Bimota Key Fob and work shop manual included.

S.W.M.B.O. says :Too many toys” so the baby goes – Happy Wife, Happy Life!

Will ship anywhere in the world at buyers cost.  All assistance will be given.

While the bike might have been first registered in 2003, the YB11 was produced from 1996~1998.  Judging from the chassis (or VIN) number, this bike appears to be #473 manufactured.  There were approximately only 650 YB11s made, so #473 would place this as a later production model, probably a 1997.

Of the YB series, the most famous of them would be the YB4 when it won the F1 Championship (the predecessor to the current WSBK series) back in 1987.  Of course, the YB11 has come a long way since the YB4, but it still features many design details and innovations that are indicative of Bimota’s thinking – the first production bike to use 51mm diameter forks, adjustable rake via eccentric bushes in the steering headstock.

The YB11 is definitely not the most famous of the YB series (nor of all Bimota models) nor the prettiest, but would be a good introduction to Bimota ownership or make a good addition to any Bimota collection.

ph