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Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix via Yamaha R1

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 sounds just like Valentino Rossis No. 46 M1 MotoGP bike!
FMFs  999 Apex mufflers are our favorite modification to the new R1. Not only do they reduce the level of exhaust heat but they make the bike sound like Rossis MotoGP ride!
Although the R1 handles the rigors of the city well  its at its best on a zigzagging ribbon of desolate pavement.
I just took delivery of my preferred sportbike for street use: the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 (see the 2010 Superbike Smackdown VII Street). My first big adventure on it will be this weekend’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For the past two years I’ve ridden Yamaha’s flagship Superbike to the races from Southern California for two real reasons, well actually three.
 
First, I LOVE the way it sounds with it making nearly identical noise to inspirational hero, V. Rossi’s No. 46 M1 MotoGP bike. Secondly, I adore its appearance. Some say it’s big and wide, but for my body size it fits me well and is comfortable for piling on the odometer digits. Third, it’s a relatively comfortable sportbike. Sure, the riding position isn’t as perfect as the CBR1000RR, but it is close. As I prepare for this 500-plus mile motorcycle undertaking there are exactly four modifications I make to the bike to make life more comfortable and enjoyable.

I begin by taking off the stock titanium mufflers and replacing them with a set of Apex carbon fiber mufflers from FMF. Not only are FMF’s pipes lighter, they sound sweeter too. They also clean up the back end of the machine and help make it no so bulky looking.

Next, I swap out the stock seat for a Comfort Seat available as an accessory through Yamaha dealerships. While the seat isn’t cheap, it is much thicker and makes running through gas tanks not such a pain in the butt.

My next modification is to fit a taller windscreen (also available as a Yamaha accessory). This diverts wind up and over your torso and reduces wind buffeting at highway speeds which reduces fatigue. Lastly, I toss on some Cortech soft luggage so I can be completely self sufficient for the long weekend. For details and pricing on these aftermarket goodies make sure to review the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Touring Ride feature.

The adventure officially begins today. Make sure to keep your web browser fixed on MotorcycleUSA.com for updates throughout the weekend.
Post Tags: Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, yamaha yzf-r1
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adam - motousa -no pay off just like to shred R1s August 5, 2010 12:36 AM
whats up mr. smith-- ur not really getting it. i'm fortunate to be able to ride any brand new 2010 motorcycle whenever i want BUT i choose to ride the r1 because i enjoy piloting it. it looks and sounds sweet, is just fast and sporty enough to get my blood moving.
Mr. Smith -officer Smith July 25, 2010 07:22 PM
Something smells a little fishy Mr. Waheed me thinks. Personally I happen to think the Yamaha R1 has the best looks of any sportsbike out there(which for the street to me is very important) and I like it very much so I am not dissing it. However you gave it your nod as your "preferred sportbike for street use" in the 2010 Superbike Smackdown VII Street test.(I have appreciated your smackdowns greatly btw.)As much as I personally think the looks of the R1 are hot, no one elts, or hardly anyone elts in any bike media would pick it as the best street bike out there. You are alone. Granted, its personally subjective as to what would be your pick, with your own money if you had to buy one. But you picked the R1 in that smackdown and now, low and behold you get a delivery of one. Isn't it fair that a customer of yours, such as me, have a right to question potential ethics? So is that how it worked Waheed? Yamaha offered to pay you, with a bike, if you pumped it so high to us? If so then that makes your opinions about products unbiased then? Does it only depend on how much a company will pay you for you to review products well? If Yamaha said, "Great Waheed, you liked our bike so much, we will give Moto Usa one for a year for you to demo all you like", that is fine. But if Yamaha said, "great job Waheed, here is your bribe for doing so, like we promised", that is wrong. If the later is true, I have lost a lot of respect for you Waheed as well as Moto Usa for allowing it.