Yamaha R1 Bike Overview
Another winner of the nineties manufactured by Yamaha is the R-1. It was a trio of bikes from their range starting with the Fireblade, followed by the 916 and rounded up with the R-1 which was power packed. Despite being around for almost 3 decades, the R-1 is still an unbeatable beauty with the upgraded version even more powerful.
While the engine technology has evolved over the years, the engine of the bike has not really undergone any major changes with it pumping out 150bhp.
There is plenty of torque and its light weight makes it a dream to ride and manoeuvre. However, the gearbox could have been a bit smoother!
The bike is a track thoroughbred which is just the bike that adrenaline junkies thrive on. While the earlier models were rather lively, the later versions were easier in handling, although that can’t be misconstrued as being tame in any way.
The main difference was that the earlier models were difficult around corners with a vast improvement in the later versions. The braking is perfect with instant stopping power.
While there are no more major niggles with the bike, it offers an improved finish and the components are made of quality materials which ensure long term durability.
Do not expect much in terms of accessories as it is minimal at best. The under-seat storage is not that great in terms of space. The bike comes with a good headlight but not too great mirrors.
Take a look at the Yamaha R1 in action…
Yamaha R1 Bike Spec
- Top speed185mph
- Average fuel consumption32mpg
- Seat height835mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, DOHC, 4v
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Doesn’t do long distance well more suitable for short blasts
Amazing paint /engine / finish one of Yamaha’s best costs nothing to run
Stops amazing not got fancy radial brakes but doesn’t need them
Very light built for speed and corners
150bhp on a 23 year old bike still feels amazing could be 3 years old
Put petrol in and go never misses a beat
Not made for long distance
Get what you pay for not over expensive so there are things that can brake or perish
Again good brakes but not the same quality as brembo.
It’s for racing/ fast performance so not smooth
For its age it will definitely keep up with newer bikes . Pound for pound a good contender.
Trip to the coast you’ll need tow tanks but so would a hyper car ..
Not really made for comfort.
Has been pretty sturdy up to now.
Blue spots give great feel even for a old bike.
On standard suspension settings perfect for road use. A few tweaks and ready for trackdays.
More than enough for the road. Takes a lot of track days to find the bikes limits.
Drinks fuel on the track but steady road riding can see 60mpg.
Excellent road bike
Body panels to be stronger
Stone chips to stickers
Ride quality is amazing it's light and handles superbly, the Big Bang engine gives you low down torque and still revs high.
I didn't buy it for it's fuel economy you don't buy a bike like this and worry about fuel costs but it's cheaper to run than my old gsx1400
It's Japanese so build quality is great only thing it's ever needed is a new battery the engine takes a bit of turning over.
Stops on a 50 p piece. Grip is only as good as the tyres you fit .
It's a supersport...
Quick smooth and power is there if you need it....
Can be thirsty.... depends on your wrist.
Ohlins shock and Maxton forks
Could always go for more power
Wish the ABS was switchable