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Litre sportsbikes for less than £3,000

1998/99 Yamaha YZF-R1In 1998 theYamaha YZF-R1 arrived and rewrote the rulebook when it came to litre sportsbikes. Where the FireBlade had effectively created the genre in 1992, the R1 moved the game on a giant leap by introducing new technology that brought with it both incredible power figures and previously unheard of levels of handling. Fifteen years later this revolutionary...

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Oct 09

Posts: 223

ruxxy says:


 I am currently riding an 03 Blade with well over 40k on the clock. Close to the top of the list of best bikes owned so far. It's reliable, quick enough, practicle, good looking and at only £2,400 a year ago and sub ton to insure fully comp, a true bargain.

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Dec 10

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preunit says:



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Feb 13

Posts: 1278

AlexDAbomB69 says:

I got

 an 02 929 Blade and I love it.

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Jul 13

Posts: 39

phantombiker says:

Yes, they're great but

 how many of us would risk 3000 pounds on a twenty year old sport bike that's been thrashed by six or seven different twenty something nutters?


Let the buyer beware.



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Apr 12

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mchale2020 says:

Tuning Sporks

I would be hesitant about buying a cheap used, early generation R1. The gearboxes are hit or miss and seeing second gear begin to slip is a common occurence. It would be worth the extra money buying one with low mileage and sound history for the peace of mind. I imagine if the bike was ridden by a mechanically inclinded individual who understands not to abuse the transmission, then it will last for a long time otherwise, I think you would be rolling the dice on splitting the cases in the future.

It's a shame because those models are quite handsome and the millenium era graphics have aged better than most. Also, the mid-range comes from the longer stroke of the engine and the carberuation not being hampered by as strict emissions standards as today. When you ask for WOT on the older bike, you will get it, unlike a lot of bikes today using ride-by-wire throttle which manipulate the butterfly valves and ignition timing to dampen sound emission when full gas is applied.

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