1998 Yamaha R1

SOLD FOR: $16,050

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

This auction has ended.

Description

Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1998 Yamaha R1. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

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.

For more on the R1 and what made it special, check out this article on Sport Rider. Or for a buying guide geared towards used R1s (with notes like it’s “getting hard to find a clean one.”), check out this article on Motorcyclist magazine.

This is a very early (47th) example of the R1 – manufactured in February of 1998, it is VIN: JYARN02E2WA000047. The seller acquired it as a display piece and says that the previous owner drained the carbs, fogged the engine and otherwise prepped the bike correctly for long-term display.

The odometer shows 5,661 miles.

Modifications:
7-22 Update: Thanks to RichRobertson and BKA80s for pointing out modifications of the aftermarket chain, Renthal rear sprocket, and the Goodridge front brake lines:

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

It is riding on Dunlop Sportmax D207 tires which have aged out.

The sale includes two keys.

Currently located in Central Massachusetts, this Yamaha is offered on a clean Massachusetts title. Have any R1 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Massachusetts

Year

1998

Make

Yamaha

Model

R1

Mileage

5,661

VIN

JYARN02E2WA000047

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

Massachusetts

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

CycleVIN

https://cyclevin.com/JYARN02E2WA000047.pdf

Total Bids Placed: 29

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: Demis50

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $16,050 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Demis50 July 28, 2022 11:59 am $14,100 Auto
sinewaves July 28, 2022 11:59 am $14,000
Demis50 July 28, 2022 11:59 am $13,100 Auto
sinewaves July 28, 2022 11:59 am $13,000
Demis50 July 28, 2022 10:38 am $12,401 Auto
WyldStyle July 28, 2022 10:38 am $12,301
Demis50 July 28, 2022 9:21 am $12,169
BUYBID22 July 28, 2022 9:21 am $12,069 Auto
BUYBID22 July 28, 2022 5:13 am $11,600
Demis50 July 28, 2022 5:13 am $11,500 Auto
Demis50 July 26, 2022 2:24 am $10,269
AWMACSWAIN July 25, 2022 5:56 pm $10,169
BUYBID22 July 23, 2022 8:02 am $10,069 Auto
repostl July 23, 2022 8:02 am $10,000
BUYBID22 July 22, 2022 4:02 pm $9,100
repostl July 22, 2022 4:02 pm $9,000 Auto
repostl July 22, 2022 3:17 pm $8,963 Auto
Compstall73 July 22, 2022 3:17 pm $8,863
repostl July 22, 2022 2:40 pm $8,600
Damianroadracer July 21, 2022 4:19 pm $8,500
mgordonvegas8 July 21, 2022 4:19 pm $8,400 Auto
Damianroadracer July 21, 2022 4:19 pm $8,300
mgordonvegas8 July 21, 2022 4:18 pm $8,100 Auto
Damianroadracer July 21, 2022 4:18 pm $8,000
mgordonvegas8 July 21, 2022 3:17 pm $7,600 Auto
BUYBID22 July 21, 2022 3:17 pm $7,500
mgordonvegas8 July 21, 2022 11:30 am $6,100 Auto
Cata430 July 21, 2022 11:30 am $6,000
mgordonvegas8 July 21, 2022 9:19 am $1,000
Auction started July 21, 2022 8:18 am
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