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Old 08-06-2008, 12:08 AM   #41
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That's a beautiful investment Mike.
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:14 AM   #42
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dammit......just.....dammit that's fine hope you got a good price
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:39 AM   #43
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A big congratulations Mike! The new job must be treating you really well? How's your shoulder doing? Have you done any diving yet?
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:41 AM   #44
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A big congratulations Mike! The new job must be treating you really well? How's your shoulder doing? Have you done any diving yet?
Hey Jim, what the heck are you doing up so late? Aren't you supposed to be at work in a few hours? Get back to sleep!!!
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:43 AM   #45
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A big congratulations Mike! The new job must be treating you really well? How's your shoulder doing? Have you done any diving yet?
the job is great but i'm putting in lots of hours. military is military so the pay is the same, it had nothing to do with this purchase. The shoulder and collar bone are doing well, no problems at all. Still not re-certified, standards have changed a bit so the re-qual process takes a bit longer. There are a few other details but nothing to take my time typing.

I'm all giddy about the new bike! Yes, I said "giddy."
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Wow man, absolutely gorgeous bike!
I'm rather new to bikes, so whats an r7 so special in comparison to and R1 or an R6? I'm guessing that there was a limited production of them of something?
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:50 AM   #47
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Wow man, absolutely gorgeous bike!
I'm rather new to bikes, so whats an r7 so special in comparison to and R1 or an R6? I'm guessing that there was a limited production of them of something?
They were Yamaha's badass race bike a few years back. They are hard to come by and were only sold to licensed racers.
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:51 AM   #48
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500 built
50 came to the US
only sold to licensed racers originally
bike was literally built to race. superbike spec frame and swingarm etc etc, 35-40K original sticker price in 1999
vast majority went straight to the track and VERY few are in good condition and street legal.

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Yamaha did not pull any punches in developing the YZF-R7, codenamed the OW02. The 749cc four was created as the basis for a challenger in the World Superbike championship, and was the most sophisticated and purposeful production motorcycle that Yamaha had ever built. With only 500 units being produced, it was also one of the rarest. And at almost three times the price of the firm's open-class flagship the YZF-R1, it was one of the most expensive.
More than any streetbike before it, the R7 was not simply a roadgoing machine that could be raced, but a competition motorcycle with lights and a starter-motor. The Yamaha's roots were clear from the layout of its engine, which shared the Rl 's five-valves-per-cylinder arrangement, one-piece cylinder-and-crankcase design, and vertically stacked gearbox.

Fuel-injected powerplant
Engine dimensions were identical to those of the YZF750SP, Yamaha's previous Superbike challenger. Unlike that bike the R7 was fuel-injected. Cylinder head parts were CNC (computer numeric control) machined, in Formula One racecar
style, to ensure precise dimensions and perfect balance between cylinders. The lightweight internals included titanium valves and conrods, plus forged pistons with nickel-plated tops for high-revving durability.
The chassis was equally exotic. The frame's black finish hinted that its design owed more to Yamaha's 500cc GP racers than to previous streetbike. Those main frame spars incorporated an additional layer of aluminium, which helped give torsional stiffness twice that of the R1. Front forks were sophisticated 43mm upside-down units from Ohlins, who also supplied the rear shock. Steering geometry and swingarm pivot location were adjustable.
The R7 was designed to be fitted with a race-kit, although this was small because the bike required a minimum of modification to be competitive on the track. (Peak output without the kit was just lOObhp, to simplify worldwide homologation.) The most important component was the large carbon-fibre airbox, which transformed the intake set-up to provide a ram-air system. Other kit parts included a competition carbon-fibre exhaust muffler.
Low clip-on handlebars, rearset footrests and a single seat confirmed the R7's racy intent. The engine's reasonable flexibility made the bike easy to ride at modest speeds, but it was at high revs that those lightweight internals came into their own, sending the Yamaha howling forward with breathtaking force. In race-kitted form, the R7 produced roughly 160bhp at 13,700rpm; enough for a top speed of 180mph (290km/h).
The R7's rigid, ultra-adjustable chassis combined razor-sharp steering with amazing stability and precision. Every detail about road or track surface and traction was transmitted straight to the rider, allowing cornering control far in excess of a normal sports bike. Much credit went to the sublime Ohlins suspension. Large twin front disc brakes gave fierce stopping power, too.

Riding the R7 was a uniquely thrilling experience, but this bike was not built for ordinary roads or riders. Like its predecessor the OW01, a similarly exotic 750cc four of ten years earlier, the YZF-R7 was designed to bring World Superbike glory. The OW01 had won races but never the title. For the YZF-R7, only the delivery of Yamaha's first World Superbike championship would suffice.
The YZF-R7 was designed for just one thing, and ultimately it failed to achieve it. After a disappointing learning year with the new bike in 1999, factory star Noriyuki Haga came close to lifting the World Superbike crown in 2000. But by the end of a season that was marred by a positive drug test following his use of a slimming aid during pre-season training, the Japanese ace finished second in the title race behind Honda's Colin Edwards. Yamaha then disbanded its World Superbike team. The R7's challenge was over.
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:22 AM   #49
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Congrats,
I'm sure you won't be dissapointed, especially when you take the bike to the track.


If you have problems sourcing a race bodykit for it let me know as I'm still in touch with the guy who used to make them for the BSB Virgin Yamaha R7's.
If you need a source for race parts for the R7, again let me know.
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:56 AM   #50
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Yeah I got a whole 4 hours of sleep last night. For some stupid reason I just couldn't sleep.

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the job is great but i'm putting in lots of hours. military is military so the pay is the same, it had nothing to do with this purchase. The shoulder and collar bone are doing well, no problems at all. Still not re-certified, standards have changed a bit so the re-qual process takes a bit longer. There are a few other details but nothing to take my time typing.

I'm all giddy about the new bike! Yes, I said "giddy."
Well Mike I hope you have it good over there. You just missed all the excitement of our first possible hurricane. Enjoy your new ride.
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:14 AM   #52
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Ooooh- congrats on your new bike! It's gorgeous!

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the job is great but i'm putting in lots of hours. military is military so the pay is the same, it had nothing to do with this purchase. The shoulder and collar bone are doing well, no problems at all. Still not re-certified, standards have changed a bit so the re-qual process takes a bit longer. There are a few other details but nothing to take my time typing.

I'm all giddy about the new bike! Yes, I said "giddy."
He said "giddy" !

Congrats on the sweet bike! Hope the Coasties are treating ya well over there!
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