Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix via Yamaha R1
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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
The adventure officially begins today. Make sure to keep your web browser fixed on MotorcycleUSA.com for updates throughout the weekend.
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