I picked up a 2003 Yamaha R1 track bike from a local auction this last weekend. Bought sight unseen(just like my last 3 bikes). I really wasn’t in the market for another bike but the price was too nice.

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This bike was with 3 others being sold as part of a felony seizure. Much to my surprise it fired up on the very first try. Luckily this is the first year of fuel injection for the R6.

Its a bit rough and has been down a few times in its life, but it has a ton of expensive aftermarket parts. The first thing to do is get rid of the sticker cancer that has covered every panel. It could use new plastics anyway.

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So it has previous track inspection stickers and everything is safety wired, so that makes life a bit easier for me. I’ll hopefully be tearing it apart this next week to see if there is any underlying damage and learn more about the aftermarket parts.

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My biggest debate is whether or not to make it street legal again. I don’t really want to as it needs all lighting, a kickstand, and an ignition. The only reason I want to is just so I can familiarize myself with the R6 before tracking it. I have limited Supersport experience so the bike makes me a little nervous.

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I really don’t know about track tire specs but I’m assuming I need new ones.

Kind of interesting is how similar a 2003 R6 is to a 2020 R6.

2003: 115-123(depending on sources) HP, 415 LB wet weight

2020: 116 HP, 419 LB wet weight.

So besides the electronics and improved geometries, pretty similar. That really surprised me.

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The 2020 does look damn good in orange though.

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