but i do wonder why these are so sought after?? they were only limited production right?? and why did Yamaha stop producing them if peopel are vying for them so much??
They were extremely rare, but that's not the most attractive thing about the bike....to me, the lines and the shape are very pleasing to the eye. It's always been a timeless design to me. Even 10 years later, the upper/lower fairing still look modern. Yamaha ONLY produced the bike in order to homologate it for racing; it was never a bike intended to be "mass produced" or produced annually. They also produced it as a race bike, and didn't offer any kind of warranty with it. To this day, if you contact Yamaha and start asking questions about it, they act as though the bike doesn't exist. Many at Yamaha see it as a HUGE failure; the bike didn't win the championship, was overpriced, and they lost huge amounts of money on each bike sold. Not a surprise they stopped producing it. Plus, once WSBK, AMA, BSB and the rest announced an increase in displacement to 1000cc, the R7 became obsolete overnight. Suzuki is still the only company that produces a competitive 750cc bike.
I believe there's several things that have made the bike so sought after;
- It was designed by the Yamaha race R&D department, modeled after the YZR-500. It's GP lineage is unmistakable...you can see it in the frame and tank design.
- It's a true factory racebike, and could be had for as little as $24K (some were sold for that price). There's parts on the R7 that came right from the factory bike....without modification. The tank, frame, swingarm and bodywork are exactly what Haga used.
- Haga "almost" won the championship with it, right out of the box. If not for the effedrine thing, the title would be his.
- The red/black/white scheme with blacked out wheels, frame and swingarm was incredibly striking.
- Because of the high price and rare numbers, it was incredibly exclusive to own one. Much the same as the Desmo RR is....and they made 1500 Desmos. They only made 500 R7's. Rare bikes become 'unobtainable' to most riders, and they end up just wanting one....never owning one.
That's all I can think of. Basically, look at the crowd that lusts after the Desmo today...it's the same type of riders that wanted the R7 10 years ago.