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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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1997 Thunderace - safe buy ?

I'v been without a bike for some years - used to have a 99 R6, but sold it some years ago.

Lately my interest in bikes have slowly started to come back, and thinking of buying a new one.

The bikes I'm considering is the R1, R6 and Thunderace/thundercat.

I'v been looking at an ad for a 97 Thunderace with roughly 14000 miles on the meter. Would this be a "safe" buy?.

And how does this bike compare to the 99 R6 ?.
(handling etc).

Or should I maybe consider a R1 with a bit more miles on it's meter ? (living in a country with lots of taxes on bikes/cars so pricewise it will have to have done some more miles for me to consider - as I "sadly" also have great interest in cars... )
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 11:15 PM
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Thunderace is a good buy. See if you can check the oil consumption which will be a bit hard as these bikes are prone to it but they thunderace can be just a bit as good as an early R1. The suspension needs setting up properly (look for PB guide on thunderace suspension) The front forks are very good and outstanding with ohlins springs. The brakes are the early blue spot with a link pipe which are just as good as the later ones but can be a bugger to bleed. The bikes are cracking just a little mature looking!
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The Thunderace is suppose to be a great bike. If you can get past the styling. It's engine is the same as a FZR1000 engine with TPS and a different timing / engine management system. But the suspension was tuned for a touring style more than anything else. But the chasis was based on the YZF750 which is a plus. The Thundercat is a decent bike but it is based entirely on old technology. Both of these bikes can be considered sport touring bikes. Unfortunitaly, pretty much no one makes aftermarket parts for these anymore. They also do not really compare to the R1 / R6. They are both heavier and under powered vs. the R1 / R6. The THunderace has 40hp on the R6, but also has 100lbs on it too.

If you are looking for sport touring then get the Thunderace of Thundercat. The ACE will have a lot more power, but they made the CAT until 2007, so parts are cheap.

If you are looking for real sport, get the R1 or R6. Just depends on how much power you want.

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I have been riding a 97 yzf1000 for the last couple of years, 27k miles, and no unusual oil consumption. Its kinda big and heavy but is imo a very capable bike. Much more comfortable on long rides than my 02 R1.
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Schoon owns a Thunderace -- I'll see if I can get his attention for you.

If nothing else, the ace is a fairly rare and unique bike. I've only ever seen one on the road.
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I've been riding an Ace for around 6 years now and pushing 30,000m, and it is a more than capable machine. When it came out there was little that could touch it in the sportbike world. With quotes such as "The YZF1000R, like few other Open bikes before it, is a supremely balanced package offering all-around abilities that don't come at the expense of cutting-edge performance. Yamaha's Open-classer will commute, it will tour, and above all, it will rail". But it was a bike that was only available in the states for one year till the R1 came out. But over sea's it was available till I think 07'.

No, it is not as svelte as a newer machine R1/R6 it is what I would say is the last of the "big sportbikes" with a longer wheelbase and weighing 50lbs more than an R1, 6lbs more than the R6, and 23lbs more than the Cat "DRY", but it is more than capable to run with them. The Ace is down 12 hp to an 02 R1, but has 5ft/lb more torque. A 99 R6 is down 20 hp and 31ft/lb and a Cat is 40 hp and 31ft/lb down. You need to remember that the racing series all had a 750cc limit. So the open classed bikes were not a racer replica like the new ones.

Sorry for the history lesson but if you can't tell I am very fond of my Ace. Milage is great getting 45 to 50 mpg, 500 mile days are not hard on my fat old body. That being said the Ace fits my body style and it may not for you. It all depends on what type of riding and what you want. Any of them would be a great buy.



And cad600 who says if you can get past the styling They be a damn sexy machine
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Nice nice bike!
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And cad600 who says if you can get past the styling They be a damn sexy machine
Hey now.....LOL. They are great bikes. Just not my cup of tea. I'm more than partial to the boxieness of the FZR and Foxeye 600/750 line. Although your black/grey one does look a lot better than the red/white/black combo.

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Just flippin' $hit, black bikes are always the fastest

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Schoon, If you need any random thing for your Ace LMK, I have a COD titled ace I will be parting as soon as insurance is dealt with.

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Schoon, If you need any random thing for your Ace LMK, I have a COD titled ace I will be parting as soon as insurance is dealt with.

Sorry for the Hijack, I can't PM yet . . .

Let me know what you've got that's good.

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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-25-2010, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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thnx for the info guys.

It came up a local 98 model around here - only thing is that it doesn't come with a service history - but I guess that's not that big of a problem.

it got roughly 22 000 miles on it. Might have a look at it.....realy haven't made up my mind yet though - either thunderace or R1 eventually ....
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Good luck!

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All the action happens when I'm gone. I have an Ace. It's down right now. I could take you up on a fuel pump offer!!! Great power. I've seen 150 on it once. 140 several times. Can't touch the EFI bikes of today in response time but will keep up and play pretty good. Did you polish that frame. I did mine and it was a big PITA. godderdone though. Oil does burn. Was having to add a quart every 1-2 months. I do ride really hard though. Here's some pics.
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Luckily mine was polished when I got it. Still it's a PITA to keep it shining.

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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-05-2014, 10:49 AM
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hi everyone,i was looking at a 97 thunderace 1000.says engine taking oil bit smokey 300 ml oil for every 2000km.37,000 miles on clock. would it be expensive to fix engine
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I know I am a bit late to the party but I just picked up in my local bike shop in Wellington,New Zealand a 1997 Thunderace with only 25,000km on the clock. Its an amazing machine, I love it.



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