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2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 Street Smackdown Photo Gallery

Motorcycle USA compares the latest liter-class bikes in the Superbike Smackdown sportbike comparison. Read about it in the 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 Street Comparison review.

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The Yamaha YZF-R1 slipper clutch performs excellently as test rider Brian Steeves demonstrates.
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Motorcycle USA tests the latest 2011 Superbikes on the street in the 2011 Superbike Smackdown VIII Street comparison.
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The Yamaha YZF-R1’s engine kicks off a lot of heat on the rider which is nice on cool days but not so much when it’s hot outside.
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The character of the Yamaha YZF-R1’s engine was universally loved by our testers.
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The character of the Yamaha YZF-R1’s engine is a cross between that of a V-Twin and conventional Inline-Four.
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Check out this photograph courtesy of Kevin Wing taken atop Palomar Mountain in California.
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The Yamaha YZF-R1 is the best looking Japanese bike.
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One of the complaints we had with the Yamaha YZF-R1 on the street was how heavy it felt.
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Adjustable foot controls on the Yamaha YZF-R1 allow for greater rider customization.
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The 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 retails for $13,590.
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With its smooth spread of power the Yamaha YZF-R1 is a very easy motorcycle to ride.
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The Yamaha YZF-R1’s suspension is a little on the soft side but it delivers a very plush ride on the street.
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The ergonomics are comparable to the other Japanese bikes however the R1 feels wider and heavier.
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The Yamaha YZF-R1 is the heaviest bike in this comparison and in certainly feels that way during cornering.
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Despite being a little on the heavy side the Yamaha is still a fun and playful motorcycle to ride.
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Despite its relative modest power output the Yamaha YZF-R1 still has some serious power.
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2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike Smackdown Dyno
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2011 Superbike Smackdown VIII Horse Power Dyno
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2011 Superbike Smackdown VIII Torque Dyno
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Yamaha's R1 dash covers all the bases and adds to the mix a massive adjustable shift-light.
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The Yamah YZF-R1’s suspension absorbs bumps well delivering a plush ride on the street.
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Yamaha offers riders a something different with its crossplane-equipped Yamaha YZF-R1.