Yamaha Thunderace Bike Insurance

Yamaha is perhaps one of the most famous names in motorcycling, and over the years has produced a host of great bikes – not least the amazing Thunderace. As an experienced biker, you’ll know that you need to make sure you’ve got the right insurance cover in place to protect you and your prized machine.

Yamaha – A history in brief 

Yamaha was better known for its sewing machines and musical instruments before it entered the motorcycle market in 1955. As the new kid on the block, Yamaha opted to use motor sport as the avenue to get it known – and known fast.

It didn’t waste time, and in the same year that they joined the sport they won the important Japanese Mt Fuji assent in the 125cc class. That was just the start as they also went on to win the first three places in the All Japan Autobike Endurance road race. All this in their first year!

With Yamaha now a name in their home market, success overseas took a little longer to come about. That happened in 1963 with a win in the 250cc class at the Belgian Grand Prix. This was the key that unlocked the sales door and soon road bike sales in Europe followed.

Yamaha created the first ever true 'off road' bike in 1968, the DT-1. That bike, perhaps more than any other has inspired the trial bike genre we still have today.

The YZF1000R Thunderace

But so much for winning races in smaller classes and producing trial bikes, what of the Superbike the YZF1000R Thunderace - described once as 'a Fireblade on steroids' by Motorcycle Review.

First produced in 1996, the YRF1000R is a classic old school superbike, big, perhaps slightly brash, but guaranteed to get the heart ticking. Over the next seven years, until production ceased in 2003, the Thunderace brought smiles to many riders faces.

It’s engine’s big, very big even in performance bikes at 1003cc. With that size engine, you’d expect it to deliver large on power and it doesn’t disappoint- 145bhp making it quick and exhilarating to ride. On a race track the machine is capable of around 165mph, aided by its lightweight chassis that allows the total weight to be less than 200kg despite the monster engine.

Insuring a Yamaha Thunderace

Such performance can be found surprisingly cheaply on the second-hand market, so if you’re thinking of getting one - do your research.

The same applies when it comes to your insurance. We can help find the best policy for you by comparing quotes from some of the leading insurance providers on the market.

All you need to do is answer a few questions about you and your Yamaha Thunderace. Press a button and we'll come straight back to you with a list of competitive quotes from a range of providers that suit your needs.

You can then take a good look and compare them at your leisure and either continue onto your chosen insurance provider or go back and change your information.

You may want to add things to the policy like breakdown cover – probably handy for an older bike. Or, if you’ve invested in a great helmet and set of leathers, you can protect these with an add-on to your Yamaha motorbike insurance. That cover might really prove its worth if you should ever need to claim.

If you have a bike with added security features, we give you the opportunity to tell us about them. That way they can be taken into account, and may reduce your premium.

Why wait – try it today and see if you could save money on your Yamaha Thunderace bike insurance.

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