Drag site icon to your taskbar to pin site. Learn More

2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 Track Smackdown Photo Gallery

Yamaha offers motorcyclists a refreshing option when it comes to high-performance sportbikes. See what it’s like to ride in the 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 Track Comparison review.

Slideshow
11sb_yam.jpg
2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike Smackdown Dyno
63437879011406729411sb_hp.jpg
2011 Superbike Smackdown VIII Horse Power Dyno
63437879029798657811sb_torque.jpg
2011 Superbike Smackdown VIII Torque Dyno
63438072021805802111-superbike-smackdown-11.jpg
Meet the competitors in this year’s Superbike Smackdown Track comparison.
63438071945986400111-superbike-smackdown-8.jpg
Celebrity guest test rider Steve Rapp (left) and Road Test Editor Adam Waheed (right) display the hand timed results after Superpole.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-01.jpg
The ’11 R1 had a much better chassis set-up. It also benefited from Michelin’s V-spec Power One race tire.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-02.jpg
Everyone was blown away by the handling of the R1 this time compared to years past.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-06.jpg
The R1 tied the Honda for the highest corner speed in Chuckwalla’s Turn 13.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-10.jpg
Steve Rapp prepares to head out on the track aboard the R1.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-07.jpg
Everyone loved the R1’s engine. The only problem is that it lacks top-end power.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-16.jpg
The Yamaha R1 ended up besting the KTM RC8R this year.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-12.jpg
The 2011 Yamaha R1 offers riders something new and different with its Crossplane engine.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-09.jpg
The R1’s unique engine firing order enhances the feel between the throttle and rear tire.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-13.jpg
Braking capabilities are strong but the front brakes don’t offer as much feel as the BMW or Ducati.
2011SmkDwn-Yamaha-15.jpg
The R1’s unique engine firing order enhances the feel between the throttle and rear tire.
63438069255255667611-superbike-smackdown-5.jpg
Rapp said the R1 was his favorite bike to ride based on sheer fun.
11-yamaha-r1-105.jpg
Racer's Edge Performance's Dale Kieffer lifts it up aboard the R1.
11-yamaha-r1-104.jpg
The 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 retails for $13,590.
11-yamaha-r1-101.jpg
Steve Rapp put in a competitive time in Superpole aboard the R1.
11-yamaha-r1-103.jpg
While it may not be the fastest bike out there it certainly is fun to ride as Waheed demonstrates.
11-yamaha-r1-102.jpg
The 2011 Yamaha R1 performed night-and-day better compared to previous tests.