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2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike Photo Gallery

We modify our 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 to make it more comfortable to ride on the street. Find out how it works in this Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike Review. Then see how it performs around the racetrack in the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike Part 2 test.

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Although it’s pricey, the $239.95 Comfort Seat (left) is far more comfortable than the stock R1 seat (right).
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We love the shape, finish, and of course the exhaust note emitted from FMF’s Apex mufflers. Even better is that the price has dropped by $100 for ’10.
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The $84.95 Raised Bubble Windscreen deflects wind up and over the rider’s torso. It’s easy to mount and works much better than the stock windshield.
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Motoring up to Laguna Seca on the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike.
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A view from Cannery Row at the 2010 USGP.
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Riding Yamaha’s YZF-R1 on the way to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the MotoGP race
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Riding Yamaha’s YZF-R1 on the way to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the MotoGP race.
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Loaded with gear on the way to Laguna Seca for the MotoGP race aboard the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1.
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Waheed plans his route before departing to Laguna aboard his 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1.
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Taking a break near Lake Nacimiento on the way to Laguna Seca.
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With the addition of Yamaha’s accessory seat, windshield, AXIO tank bag, and Cortech Saddlebags the R1 becomes an capable sportbike to tour on.
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Our September girl of the month, Amanda poses with our 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 project bike.
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2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike dyno chart FMF Apex pipes versus stock.
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2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike dyno chart JETT Tuning ECU re-flash versus stock.
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If you ride a sportbike a trip to Monterey, California for the MotoGP races is worth a visit.
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With the addition of a few accessories from the Yamaha catalog the R1 becomes a great motorcycle to explore new places on.
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2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike.
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The R1 has adjustable footrests, with a 15mm height and 3mm front-to-rear adjustment. We moved them up for racetrack use.
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Here we add some preload to the RG3-tuned shock for the racetrack.
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Dave Moss from Catalyst Reaction Suspension Tuning checks the preload in the RG3-tuned fork during our Pacific Track Time trackday at Thunderhill.
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This is the R1’s ECU.
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The ECU is located beneath the left fairing and is easy to remove.
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Deran from RG3 works on the R1’s Soqi shock absorber.
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With upgraded suspension and tires the R1 proved to be a better track bike.
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Even in stock form the R1 delivers a good amount of front brake power. Feel however could be better.
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The Michelin Power 2CT trackday tires serve up more road handling performance on the racetrack.
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“B” mode continues to be our preferred drive mode on the R1 as it reduces how jerky the throttle feels when twisted.
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The RG3-tuned shock reduced the R1’s propensity to squat excessively during acceleration.
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The profile of the Michelin Power One 2CT tires made the R1 steer quicker yet didn’t compromise straight-line stability.
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We replaced the OE-fitted Dunlop Qualifer D210 with a premium Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tire.
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RG3 Suspension installed stiffer 1.0 kg/mm fork springs (0.92 kg/mm stock) and modified the valving. We never were able to get the fork to perform the way we wanted.
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RG3 chose to retain the stock shock spring but modified the damping characteristics. Overall we were very pleased with the performance of it.
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Added road holding was a clear benefit of the Michelin tire and RG3 Suspension upgrades.
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The easy to install $59.99 Graves Motorsports R1 Fender Eliminator kit cleans up the rear end of the bike and makes it appear racier.
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2010 Yamaha R1 Project Bike.
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Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike.
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MotoUSA was on location for the 2010 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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Spinning laps at Thunderhill Raceway with Pacific Track Time aboard the '10 Yamaha R1 Project Bike.