Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale

The 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 is a dedicated sports bike and is powered by a 998cc inline four engine which puts out 150bhp. It was updated in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2015.

Yamaha YZF-R1

Pros / Cons

  • Very fast, great handling, build quality, looks great, useful under seat storage
  • Quite heavy, uncomfortable, headlight, exhaust, budget for a power commander and steering damper

What Is It?

The original YZF-R1 team set out to create the lowest weight, highest power and most compact bike they could. The result, although technology-wise pretty similar to the FZR1000, was the Genesis engine powered R1. 149.9bhp is achieved at 10,000rpm with maximum torque at 8,500rpm.

Features include:

  • Aluminium Deltabox II frame
  • Dual 298mm discs up front
  • 220mm disc at the rear
  • Fully adjustable KYB 41mm upside down fork with 120mm travel
  • Adjustable rear monoshock with 130mm travel

The new liquid cooled 998cc 20v inline four big bore engine was mated with a 4 into 1 exhaust system and Yamaha's EXUP system for improved midrange. Designing the cylinder and crank case as one proved to be stronger than traditional bolted together designs and the entire engine became a stressed member of the frame.

To achieve the compactness objective the team designed the crankshaft, drive shaft and main shaft in a triangular layout, making the engine shorter and contributing to the short 1395mm wheelbase. The short wheelbase and long swingarm set the standard for stability and traction in the class.

2000 featured reduce engine friction, revised carburettor settings, improved gearbox and general weight saving measures such as a titanium silencer (replacing the carbon original carbon fibre). Dry weight dropped from 177kg to 175kg. 

2002 featured new 43mm forks, rear suspension and 30% more rigid hydro-formed deltabox frame. Fuel injection was added to meet emission standards and the exhaust system went from 4->1 to a completely Titanium 4->2->1 set up. Powered increased from 150bhp to 152bhp and weight decreased from 175kg to 174kg.  The frame was painted black and an LED tail light added.

The 3-spoke 17" wheels take a 120/70 tyre at the front and 190/50 at the rear.


  • 1998: Blue, white/red
  • 1999: Blue, red/black/white, yellow/blue/black, white/red
  • 2000: Blue, yellow, red/white/black, blue/silver
  • 2001: Blue/white/black, red/black/white
  • 2002: Blue/white, silver/black, red/white/black
  • 2003: Blue/black, black/silver, black/red/white

Did You Know?

The R1 is featured in The Fast and the Furious (2001) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003).

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
1998 £4,000 £3,200 £2,800 15,400
1999 £3,750 £3,000 £2,600 15,200
2000 £3,600 £2,850 £2,500 14,900
2001 £3,500 £2,800 £2,450 14,600
2002 £3,500 £2,800 £2,450 14,200
2003 £3,600 £2,850 £2,500 13,800

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Year On the road Off the road Total registered Adverts seen
1998 427 1203 1630 360/month
1999 742 1430 2172 230/month
2000 583 1055 1638 170/month
2001 426 732 1158 74/month
2002 588 665 1253 110/month
2003 369 370 739 120/month

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