2005 Yamaha YZF-R1
From its saddle, the slim-midsectioned R1 feels long, but its short, flat tank helps give the impression of a smaller bike. It accelerates like a mother up top, as its highest longitudinal data demonstrates, and it is without any obvious flaws when railing the curves. The R1’s scores are competitive in nearly every category. It is simply one of the most beautiful Japanese sportbikes ever made.
|Engine Type||Inline four-cylinder 4-stroke|
|Bore Stroke||77 x 53.6mm|
|Fuel System||Electronic fuel injection|
|Seat Height||32.8 in.|
|Front Suspension||43 mm inverted telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping|
|Rear Suspension||Single shock w/piggyback reservoir & adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping|
|Front Brake||Dual 320 mm discs; radial-mount forged 4-piston calipers|
|Rear Brake||220 mm disc with single-piston pin-slide caliper|
|Fuel Capacity||4.8 gal.|
|Dry Weight||379 lbs.|
Next February, Yamaha adds a third YZF-R1 to its sport motorcycle line-up with the more affordable ’S’ variation.