2008 Yamaha YZF-R1
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.
|Engine Type||Inline four-cylinder 4-stroke DOHC|
|Bore Stroke||77 x 53.6mm|
|Fuel System||Electronic fuel injection|
|Rake Trail||24°/ 4 in.|
|Seat Height||32.9 in.|
|Front Suspension||43 mm inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension||Single shock with piggyback reservoir; 4-way adjustable; 5.1 in. travel|
|Front Brake||Dual 310 mm discs; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers|
|Rear Brake||220 mm disc with single piston caliper|
|Fuel Capacity||4.75 gal.|
|Dry Weight||390 lbs.|
Next February, Yamaha adds a third YZF-R1 to its sport motorcycle line-up with the more affordable ’S’ variation.