1987 Yamaha Ysr50
Price: $11 250 ≈ €10333 ≈ £8859
Item location: North Arlington, New Jersey, US
Up for auction is a 1987 Yamaha Ysr50 with only 1.9 Miles since new.
What makes this bike very special is not only the mileage and condition, but the fact that it was owned by Brock Yates since new. He was given the bike as a gift from a friend who owned a dealership. Brock rode it around for about a mile, then hung it on the wall at his pub in Wyoming, New York.
Brock Yates was an American print and TV journalist, screenwriter, and author. He was a longtime executive editor of Car and Driver, an American automotive magazine. He was a pit reporter for CBS' coverage of certain NASCAR Cup Series series races in the 1980s, including the Daytona 500. He was also largely known for being inspired and carrying on the tradition of the cannonball run which is a coast to coast event where drivers would compete for the fastest time round trip.
After his passing in 2016, the bike was eventually handed over to a dear family friend who handled most of Brock's personal car collection. I purchased the bike from Brock's wife via this gentleman. I have a handwritten letter from Brock's wife on Cannonball letterhead giving a little bit of a background story on the bike. I also have the manilla tag that comes on the bike when new, it is preserved in a plastic bag, but the string where the tag hung from is still attached to the bike.
The bike remains untouched, and in near perfect condition. You can find videos on YouTube of Brock's Cannonball pub, where you will see the bike mounted on the wall. During the time it was mounted on the wall, the pub allowed indoor smoking - so if you look closely you'll be able to see some yellow smoke staining on a few of the lower areas of the bike. These stains can easily be cleaned up, but have been left untouched for nostalgic reasons (along with a few spiderwebs ????)
YouTube link - https://youtu.be/2NunXp5JakY