the '08 Yamaha utilizes a track-inspired high-revving screamer of an engine, powerful brakes and a gnarly exhaust note to get the adrenal glands pumping. Without a doubt, the R1 is a treat for all the senses, but it faces tough competition in our fifth annual Superbike Smackdown.
Bore & Stroke
Rake and Trail
Inline four-cylinder 4-stroke DOHC
77 x 53.6mm
Electronic fuel injection
24°/ 4 in.
43 mm inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
Single shock with piggyback reservoir; 4-way adjustable; 5.1 in. travel
Dual 310 mm discs; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers
220 mm disc with single piston caliper