The 1990s were defined by three sportbikes – the Honda CBR900RR, the Ducati 916, and the Yamaha R1. Honda’s CBR900RR started the revolution by being 76 pounds lighter than its lightest competition. Soon after, Ducati released the 916. It was technically competent with fuel injection and even an adjustable steering head angle, but it’s best remembered just for being one of the most beautiful motorcycles of all time. In 1998, Yamaha released the R1 and wiped the floor with everyone else – it was the lightest and most powerful literbike available and you had to work hard to find a dealer with one in stock. Almost 20 years later they’re still fantastic machines, so here’s your chance to relive the glory days with a first-year example of the breed.
The basic specifications are 150 horsepower, 419 pound dry weight, and a 2.96 second 0-60 time, per MCN. Those are all impressive numbers, but the design of the drivetrain is what made it all possible. Yamaha was able to make the engine/transmission much smaller by vertically stacking the transmission shafts.
Further space was saved by putting the water pump inside the engine cases. The packaging let Yamaha shorten the wheelbase and still lengthen the swingarm, which made the R1 feel like a 600cc bike but with 1,000cc power.
This example (VIN: JYARN02E9WA000661) was formerly part of Iconic’s collection in California – the current owner acquired it about a year ago and it is currently in Houston, Texas on a clean Texas title.
The odometer shows 5,766 miles – just 2 more than when we had it.
It is quite nearly perfect, and the seller says: “I’d venture to say it is one of the nicest examples of the first year R1s available in the US, especially in blue.”
The only cosmetic imperfections are a small paint chip in the tail and some wear on the top of the triple tree
It’s equipped with new (2015 date code) Dunlop Q3 tires.
Recent work includes a new lithium battery, new iridium spark plugs, and a fresh carb clean with Sunoco GT 104 ethanol-free gas in the tank.
Crucially, it’s one of the few examples that has stayed stock – there’s no tail tidy, aftermarket exhaust, or flush mounted turn signals!
This is a lovely example of one of the most Iconic motorcycles of all time, and it has enough miles that you won’t be afraid to enjoy it as Yamaha’s engineers intended.
Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for $750 (this went up on 5/12 due to increases in gas costs) in the Continental US, and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.