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. Over 20 years later they’re still fantastic machines, so here’s your chance to relive the glory days.
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.
Manufactured in January of 2002, this example is VIN: JYARN10Y12A000604, engine #: N508E003819. The seller purchased the bike new in 2002 from a Yamaha dealership in Costa Mesa, California.
The odometer shows 2,607 miles.
The seller states the bike has, “new fuel pump, new injectors, and I have the original bill of sale and all maintenance paperwork.”
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us perform a safety inspection. Our service department notes the following in their condition report:
Tire Year Front/ Rear: 3112/0412
Tire % Front/ Rear: 80/80
Tire Press Front/ Rear: 32/34
Brake % Front/ Rear: 80/80
Hydraulic:OK (1.5% – 3.0% MOISTURE)
Oil: OVERFULL, DARK
Low Beam: OK
High Beam: OK
Tail Light: OK
Brake Light: OK
Plate Light: OK
Battery: 12.6V/13.4V CHG
• GAS TANK INTERNAL LINED
• BIKE RUNS
• NO SUSPENSION LEAKS
It is riding on Bridgestone Battlax tires with date codes of 0412 and 3412.
The sale includes one key.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean California title with registration current through April 2024. Have any R1 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!
Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), 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.