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2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparo Photo Gallery

Photos of the 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparo. 2008 Superbike Smackdown V

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Faster tracks like Buttonwillow and Willow Springs played to the R1's strengths more so than shorter, tighter courses.
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The 2008 R1 continues to score high in aesthetics.
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Even though it won't take home this year's title, the 2008 R1 is still the best-looking, most powerful R1 ever built.
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A piggyback rear shock offers both low-and high- speed compression adjustability.
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The R1's front end features a fully adjustable KYB inverted telescopic front fork with 43mm tubes.
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The instrument cluster features a centrally-located black-faced analog tach with LCD screens on either side, but without a fuel gauge or gear position indicator.
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The 2008 R1 rated high in initial turn-in capability but its mass centralization kept it from ranking higher.
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The Yamaha Inline Four makes horsepower similar to the Ninja and GSX-R until around 10,000 rpm when the others start to pull away.
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A slipper-type back torque-limiting clutch helps braking and downshifting from high speed.
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There's no mistaking the front cowling of the R1.
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The 2008 YZF-R1 is a scintillating bike in its own accord, but sits in the middle of the pack against some very stiff competition.
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Strong points on this year's R1 include a solid transmission, a wailing motor, an efficient slipper clutch and a buttery-smooth throttle.
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The 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 weighs in around the same as the ZX-10R but is 25 lbs heavier than the lightweight 1098 and the '08 CBR.
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Waheed fulfills his need, his need for speed.
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Motorcycle USA's Adam Waheed said that the R1's midrange was much improved over previous years.
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Pacific Track Time's Michael Ernest liked the way the R1's motor ripped and was impressed with its strong pull at the top of its powerband.
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Our more experienced test riders found the Yamaha YZF-R1 very adept at hustling through the tight stuff.
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Underneath the R1's stylish fairing sits a durable Deltabox frame.
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It only took fourty-four race tires and four tracks to come to our 2008 Superbike Smackdown conclusions.
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'Midrange is much improved over previous generations, but it still is lacking when compared to the current open-class crop,' explains MCUSA Associate Editor Adam Waheed.
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The Hutch opens up the clutch for a little one-wheeled action.
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A fairing with big Ram-Air intakes and a screwless windscreen improves aerodynamics and engine performance.
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While other manufacturers have opted out of the underseat exhaust, the 2008 R1's exhaust continues to toast some buns.
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The 2008 R1 is compact compared to the GSX-R1000, but it's still bigger than the Ducati, Kawasaki and Honda.
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The brakes on the 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 are powerful, with a consistent, fade-free feel.
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Our dyno test results show the R1 putting out 150 hp at 12,200 rpm while producing 73.64 lb-ft of peak torque at 9500 rpm.
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Th '08 R1 ranked behind the other Inline Fours from 0-60.
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2008 Superbike Smackdown Horsepower Chart
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Thanks to its 998cc DOHC 16-valve engine, it doesn't take much to get the '08 R1 lifted off the ground.
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2008 Superbike Smackdown Torque Curves
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2008 Superbike Smackdown Quarter Mile Times
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It may not have been the fastest in the quarter mile, but the R1's trap speed was second to none.
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2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 - Superbike Smackdown V
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The 2008 R1's technological sophistication is world-class and includes Yamaha Chip Control Throttle and Intake systems.