Yamaha YZF-R1 Long-Term Mods: Damaged Tail Repair

An easy but expensive fix for that cracked R1 bodywork.

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The cracked tail piece on my R1 wasn’t horribly obvious, but eventually that little tab would have fallen off.©Motorcyclist

WRIST: Zack Courts
MSRP (2015): $16,490
MILES: 2,211
MPG: 33
MODS: Tail panel fix

Sharp eyes that read my update for the Graves Fender Eliminator ( see R1 Fender Eliminator update here) will have spotted the cracked section of the R1's tail bodywork. I'm not sure how it happened, but probably something dumb like catching a boot on it while climbing aboard. In any case, if you're an R1 owner it'd be easy enough to end up in the same situation.

Turns out that item is number 2CR-W2172-00-P0 in the R1 parts catalog, and retails for $119.92 from authorized Yamaha dealers only (says Yamaha). (click here to view the fiche)

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Diving under the seat to get to the body panel’s fasteners means a handful of screws and clips have to come off. Simple stuff, as long as you remember where everything goes.©Motorcyclist

That’s an expensive mistake, but likely more affordable than another brand from a different continent...if you smell what I’m steppin’ in. Replacing it means diving under the seat (again), but it’s all very straightforward. A gaggle of screws and fasteners have to be removed, and set aside—the magnetic parts dish in our shop is my best friend every time I do this.

The new body panel (blue) has simple, peel-and-stick tape that adheres it to the structural piece (black).©Motorcyclist

When the panel decouples from the chassis it does so attached to a structural panel (It’s adhered essentially with double-sided tape). Once the two pieces are pulled apart the adhesive strips can be peeled off the new panel, stuck to the structural body part, and fastened back on to the bike—15 minutes, tops. All in all, an easy fix, but frustratingly expensive. I’ll be watching my boot swings more carefully from now on.