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I can already feel the comment storm coming, but we both know that an original R1 in these colors, in this condition, is becoming more and more rare. Snag this future collectible now while they are still a bargain — not to mention a brilliant ride! +1 to the seller on some excellent photos that not only capture the condition of this bike but inspire a buyer in specially selected setting.
from the seller:
In 1998 the sports bike world was taken by storm, and Honda’s 900RR was knocked from its premier-sportsbike pedestal. Yamaha’s goal was to build a no-compromise supersport with the highest power, lowest weight, and most compact dimensions. What they revealed would become a legend, and a motorcycle whose influence is still visible in today’s machines.
The 2000 R1 showcased many subtle refinements to the first-year model, resulting in – among other things – reduced weight, better fueling, and an improved gearbox. Unfortunately, over the years most of these early R1’s have suffered from neglect and abuse, making a clean, original bike almost impossible to find.
This “Vivid Red Cocktail” 2000 model – the rarer of the two color options – has virtually escaped the effects of time and mileage. Bought new in Lebanon, PA, it has always been meticulously maintained and shows very few imperfections. It remains 100% stock, even down to the factory warning decals. As you will see from the photographs, this R1 is an astonishingly clean example. The only indicators of its 12,050 miles are one small stone chip on the leading edge of the left cowling, a faint scratch on the muffler, and a light rub mark on the tail section’s left “R1” decal (only in the decal, not the paint). Each of these marks is clearly pictured. The bike has never been crashed or dropped in any way. The fuel tank has had clear cling-vinyl protectors in place to prevent any scratches (not installed for photos).
This is the cleanest first-generation I have ever seen, and I was ecstatic to add it to my collection. My garage space (and back account!) is limited, however, and it is time for another R1 enthusiast to appreciate owning this bike. If you intend to remove the warning decals, install a pipe and an undertail eliminator, and tell all your buddies what a “fast crotch-rocket” you just bought, please move on – this is not the bike for you. I do not need to sell this bike and would like it to go to a good home, where it will remain in its rare, 100% stock condition.