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The Ride to Laguna Aboard Replica Yamaha M1

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

After installing a few Yamaha accessories, our 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 is ready for some triple digit sport touring to the 2009 Red Bull USGP.
Here we go! The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix is only days away and the adventure begins now as I leave the MotoUSA office and make the trek north to Monterey aboard a replica Yamaha YZF-M1 MotoGP motorcycle, also known as a 2009 R1. It’s even fitted with a set of FMF slip-on mufflers so it really sounds like Rossi’s bike!
 
Over the course of today and tomorrow I’ve got an epic 492 mile voyage on some of the finest roads in all of California and maybe even the entire country. Long, wide fourth gear sweepers, dirty one-lane switch backs, miles of miles of top gear straight-aways, roller coaster-like uphill/downhill stretches, there’s even a shallow river crossing. Check out the route here and perhaps you can make it your adventure one day.
 
Without question almost 500 miles in the saddle of a sportbike is an aggressive undertaking so it’s been outfitted with a few Yamaha accessories to keep us comfortable on the trip. First we’ve installed a comfort seat that is made from multi-layered foam as opposed to the previous generations gel construction. It’s said to be way more comfortable than the comfort seat of old… I’ll definitely know in a few hours. A new raised windscreen has also been installed and is suppose to better deflect wind over your body which should make those top speed blasts way more tranquil. Since my motorcycle is my only mode of transportation for the race weekend I also mounted a sleek AXIO tank and tail case which will eliminate the need to carry a heavy back pack.
 
If all goes to plan I should land at the Dry Lake right Thursday afternoon. From there we’ll be keeping you updated to what’s happening at the track. And if you happen to be there as well, make sure you stop by MotoUSA's area within Ducati Island between Turn 2 and 3. See ya’ll there.

Post Tags: red bull usgp, riding to laguna seca, yamaha yzf-r1, yamaha r1
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Comments
Max -Vibes July 1, 2009 04:28 PM
Please include how the vibration is on the bike at higher speeds (70-90) in the grips, pegs, and seat. I am also very interested in the effectiveness of that windscreen!
Zjoker -Interesting July 1, 2009 08:52 AM
I was curious how this bike would perform and ride on a trip like this. Also I just purchased the same to bags for traveling. I can't wait to hear the results. G Luc
Socalmoe -See ya! July 1, 2009 08:45 AM
See you there, I will leaving LA on Fri morning.
Marc -Good luck and safe riding on your trip! July 1, 2009 08:39 AM
Adam, have a great trip. I look forward to hearing your impressions of both the bike and the accessories you have put on it after the trip. Should be a great opportunity to further comment on the real world abilities of the new R1. Curious to hear the difference the comfort seat and windscreen make!