2004 Yamaha YZF-R1
That step-behind development cycle plays right into Yamaha’s hands, as the design of its new R1 is as cutting-edge as they come. The previous generation R1 was a sales success as much for its looks as it was for its performance and mamas not raisin’ no dummies Yamaha made a concerted effort this time around to exploit its style as much as possible. A more conservative eye might consider the R1 to be a little overdone stylistically, but curbside voting always had the R1 on top. If your parents didn’t play with you as a child, this is the bike to choose in order to get that attention you’ve always craved.
Wow! One ride on Yamaha's incredible new YZF-R1 and we're almost speechless. Well, not quite. We can't keep our Road Test Editor quiet about this one.
|Engine Type||DOHC, 20-valve, in-line 4-cylinder|
|Bore Stroke||77 x 53.6mm|
|Fuel System||Fuel injection, dual-valve throttle bodies with motor-driven secondary valves|
|Seat Height||32.8 in.|
|Front Suspension||43mm inverted telescopic fork w/adj. preload, compression & rebound damping|
|Rear Suspension||Single shock w/piggyback reservoir & adj. preload, compression & rebound damping|
|Front Brake||Dual 320mm discs; radial-mount forged 4-piston calipers|
|Rear Brake||220mm disc w/single-piston pin-slide caliper|
|Fuel Capacity||4.85 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.