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I just picked up my fourth one. 馃檭
My first one that isn't blue...
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I won't make the same mistake and sell it this time.

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Hey there! I had read before on an earlier post that you've had three of these. Do you keep replacing them or just adding to your collection? They are great bikes-I've argued before on this forum that the 02-03's are perhaps the best "pure street" R1's ever--still a blast and highly capable on the track but great street literbikes. Yes I have one (original owner of 03-blue) so perhaps a little biased I know, but they're still fast as fook, look awesome, are comfortable, have some usable storage under the seat, are reliable and well built, get great gas mileage (for a literbike), run cooler, and the clever fuel injection system is buttery smooth and confidence inspiring. They talk of the new gen R1's "low down" power-the engine's sound is misleading-but anyone who's owned one of the original long stroke R1's (up through 03) knows what "low down" grunt these bikes have ( I had a 99 too-regretted selling her). I'm not knocking the newer gen R1's--I have a 2016 to compare to almost every day, and they do have a strong upper midrange hit and would certainly out perform an early R1 on the track, but you give up a lot to get it in my opinion.

My 03 is all stock and always has been. It's always garaged and has never been in the rain or been laid down and is super clean and maintained properly. I've done the whole pipe/jet kit, pipe/power commander routine many times before but decided to keep this one unmolested. It's a true survivor bike kept as is and I plan on keeping it that way.
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Sweet bike!

Yeah I sold the 1st ('02) one due to a crowded garage. Always have had multiple bikes.
The 2nd ('02) one got killed be a deer.
The 3rd ('03) one was the victim of not getting ridden and a yet crowded garage. Still regret selling that one.
So I've been watching the list for another for the last year. Finally found her. Won't be letting this one go!!!
 

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05 is the absolute best classic sport bike, like the 02/03 too
Yeah, it's hard to argue your post. I personally think the 04-05-06 and even the 07-08 R1's are the best looking and sexiest R1's. I've also argued that the 06 in particular (because of the few key refinements Yamaha made that year) is probably the best overall-all around R1 for street and track capability. I almost bought an 05-blue, and sometimes regret not doing so, but ultimately kept my 03. The new R1's are the best track beasts for sure but for anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive but great entry into the literbike class these earlier R1's are hard to beat-if you can find a clean well maintained example grab it, you won't be sorry
 

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I have no doubt that other year R1s are awesome. It's just the comfort level of the '02/'03s, at my age, trumps all. 馃榿
 

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By the way. I just noticed my title got edited...
Did I step on some toes copying the other threads title?? 馃
 

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Got an 03 off an older guy with only 12,000 miles on it. Best bike I have ever ridden. I also have owned an 03 cbr600rr since 2006 and started on dirt bikes when I was 11. It looks like the newer litre bikes all have more power up top, but I have seen 03 R1's on youtube with full exhausts pull 187 mph with stock gearing so... um... who cares? 03 R1 is more than enough, and lighter than the newer bikes. Probably a future classic motorcycle that will receive cult status eventually. I know im never selling mine, and might pick up a second one.
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I just picked up my fourth one.
My first one that isn't blue...
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I won't make the same mistake and sell it this time.

2003 Raven/with red flames.
I still have my SE but am having lots of trouble trying to find all new body work due to being cut off by left hand turner last year.
I have not ridden this year b/c I鈥檓 still recovering from my injuries.


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Hi and welcome...great bike-love the silver black combo too! Maintain it and it will give you years of joy.
The speedometers in the you tube videos may be a little optimistic however; These bikes when new (and stock) and tested by the magazines only reached about 170-174 mph, give or take (actual-radar verified) so doubtful a few minor mods made that much of a difference but yeah, they're fast enough, and mostly where you need them to be on the street! Enjoy
 

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Hi and welcome...great bike-love the silver black combo too! Maintain it and it will give you years of joy.
The speedometers in the you tube videos may be a little optimistic however; These bikes when new (and stock) and tested by the magazines only reached about 170-174 mph, give or take (actual-radar verified) so doubtful a few minor mods made that much of a difference but yeah, they're fast enough, and mostly where you need them to be on the street! Enjoy
I like how you said " only 170-174 " 馃槀馃ぃ馃槅
 

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I like how you said " only 170-174 " 馃槀馃ぃ馃槅
hey alwrath I just picked up an 02 and I don't have those heel plates that you have In your photo, I know kinda random but do you got any idea where I can pick some up ive been hunting for some time now?
 

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hey alwrath I just picked up an 02 and I don't have those heel plates that you have In your photo, I know kinda random but do you got any idea where I can pick some up ive been hunting for some time now?
Hey there...those are the stock heal plates and can probably still be bought from a Yamaha OEM parts supply Co. online. I'm not posting this from home so can't verify this in person but it may be all one piece with the stock rearsets or bolted together separately and so available for purchase separately. Look at the photos above on Torchsport and my photos (may have squint a little) but they're there.
 

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As far as I know they are stock. The old guy I got it from said he left everything stock, I still have the stock exhaust too. OEM Yamaha would be your best bet, OEM Yamaha parts. Probably gonna have to search.
 

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Okay, so I haven't been around much. @Torchsport , I now see you got this bike almost a year ago (after I posted on other thread). Would still like to meet when you're in the area (if you're still riding in AR from time to time). I know you know the '02-'03 and would like your input after looking over my bike. I'd buy the beer or lunch.
 

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Okay, so I haven't been around much. @Torchsport , I now see you got this bike almost a year ago (after I posted on other thread). Would still like to meet when you're in the area (if you're still riding in AR from time to time). I know you know the '02-'03 and would like your input after looking over my bike. I'd buy the beer or lunch.
For sure. I was actually in Harrison with my R1 for 5 days back in April
 

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Well I just went on a long ride and finally got to really test out the Hindle full exhaust on my bike for the 03. Man what a difference. I have a fuel controller pumping more fuel into the bike at all rpm ranges and I opened up the airbox along with the velocity stacks, the bike just pulls effortlessly at any gear and throttle position. Its like a whole new bike. Maybe one day ill dyno it but honestly I dont really care, its pulling with no flat spots whatsoever.
 
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