Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace

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Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace

Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace appeared in 1996, replacing Yamaha FZR1000. The motorcycle was focused on the export, for Japan, market in Europe and North America, but a small amount is also presented at Japanese auctions. Thunderace is the progenitor of the flagship Yamaha YZF-R1.

The Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace was built on the basis of the engine from FZR1000 (its updated version received a lighter crankshaft and pistons, as well as new larger carburetors with throttle position sensors), which did not produce more power, but due to improvements it became more high-torque at medium revs. The Thunderace 1000 frame is a Deltabox-type aluminum structure, modified from Yamaha YZF750R.

The main features of the Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace include a sports aluminum Deltabox frame, fully adjustable suspensions, powerful front 4-piston Nissin Sumitomo brakes, a 20-liter fuel tank, a 5-speed gearbox and 224 kg of curb weight.

In 1998, the flagship sports car Yamaha YZF-R1 was introduced to the world, although the Thunderace was available until 2001 inclusive. Meanwhile, with the release of the R1, the Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace began to position itself as a sports tourist. A similar situation happened with the younger version Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat, which after the release of Yamaha R6 also began to be considered a sports-touring model.

The main competitors of the Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace in the class:


Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace
Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace
Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace


Specifications Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace:

Model Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace
Motorcycle type sport
Release year 1996-2001
Frame aluminum Deltabox
Engine type 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume 1002 cm³
Bore / stroke 75.5 x 56.0mm
Compression ratio 11.5: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder DOHC, 5 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system carburetor, 4x Mikuni BDSR38
Ignition type TCI (digital)
Maximum power 145.0 h.p. (107.0 kW) at 10,000 rpm
Maximum torque 108.0 Nm (11.0 kg * m) at 8500 rpm
Gearbox 5-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire size 180/55 ZR17
Front brakes 2 x 298mm discs, 4-piston calipers
Rear brakes 1 disc 245 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspension 48mm telescopic fork (all adjustments), 120mm travel
Rear suspension linkage with monoshock (all adjustments), stroke - 120 mm
Length 2085 mm
Width 740 mm
Height 1175 mm
Wheelbase 1430 mm
Minimum ground clearance 140 mm
Saddle height 790 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 2.96 sec
Maximum speed 264 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 20.0 l (including reserve - 4.5 l)
Motorcycle weight (curb) 224 kg