Rossi Riders For Health R1 Up For Auction

Bidding to start from $50,000-$70,000

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 28, 2010
The Don Emde-commissioned Valentino Rossi Yamaha R1 will be auctioned by Bonhams.

The one-off motorcycle which was displayed at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show will be part of the Bonhams Classic California Auction, Nov. 13 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Riders for Health.

Daytona 200 winner and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Emde is an active supporter for Riders for Health, a charity that provides health care workers with transportation to deliver medical care to difficult to reach communities. The 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 is personally autographed by Rossi and painted in the style of his “Five Continents” AGV helmet by Aldo Drudi.

The project received support from several industry notables. Yamaha Motor Corp. USA donated the stock R1, Roland Sands donated the Ronin wheels, Bridgestone provided BT-003 tires, Ohlins added suspension, EBC provided brakes and Akrapovic gave an exhaust.

The upgrades put the value of the bike at nearly $30,000 but Rossi’s involvement has pushed the estimated initial starting price up to between $50,000 and $70,000. To top things off, Yamaha is donating a day at the Yamaha Champions Riding School for the winning bidder.

Bids for the Valentino Rossi R1 are expected to start from $50,000 to $70,000.

The Rossi Riders for Health R1 will be presented in track day trim but will come with all necessary accessories and California title to make it street legal.

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