Product Type: Yamaha motorcycles
Newest Review: ... give some wind protection - if I shuffle my bum back and rest the chin of my helmet in the grove of my airbox cover the wind just about s... more
Exactly what you'd expect...awesomely insane
Member Name: Dodge666
Advantages: Sexy, powerful, useable for all riding, reliable
Disadvantages: Low screen looks nice but is a touch too low
I bought a 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 early in 2010 with 7000 miles on the clock. I have since done around 4000 miles and absolutely love it.
I'm 6ft 1 and find it comfortable apart from the seat could do with a little more foam for longer journeys :p
Obviously it is a sports bike so you have a lot of weight on your arms if you try to ride it sat up cruising. Screen could do with being a touch higher to give some wind protection - if I shuffle my bum back and rest the chin of my helmet in the grove of my airbox cover the wind just about skims over the top third of my lid.
It pulls well from around 2000rpm making it useable in all conditions but at 6000rpm upwards it goes like a rocket so best keep that part of the range for dry days :) Handling is excellent but it needs a racing style of riding. Backing off the throttle is a no-no as with any bike but the R1 really shines when you power out of the corners so concentrate on those lines and doing your part right and it will repay you. Do stupid things however, and it might just spit you off so not recommended for learners! :)
The standard brakes on my 2000 R1 were brilliant but the Goodridge braided lines with everything else standard on my 2006 model are amazing. I regularly (well actually I usually) brake with two fingers and this will have the back wheel lifting if you're a little bit too vigorous stopping power from the standard pots and pads is brilliant.
My 2006 model produces around 180bhp and weighs about 180kg dry. Thinner than older R1s it seems a bit more flickable into corners but this could also have something to do with the different tyres.
No reliability issues with it at all in the couple of years I have had it. I'll update later if anything comes up.
It is exactly what you would expect an R1 to be. Bags of power, excellent handling and sexy as hell!
Summary: Exactly what you'd expect from an R1
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