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2005 Gobert's YZF-R1 First Ride Photo Gallery

Photos of Gobert's 2005 YZF-R1. 2005 We Ride Gobert's R1

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Several laps aboard a stock R1 weren't enough to prepare Duke for the devilish racebike.
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There are strict limitations on modifications in the Superstock class, with the frame, swingarm, fork, brakes and throttle bodies having to remain stock.
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A close up of the Graves titanium exhaust system.
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The Graves bikes have a remote brake adjuster mounted on the left-side clip-on.
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Duke was happy Yamaha provided some stock R1's to warm up on before hopping on the real deal.
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It took Duke several laps before he realized how much grip was available from the Dunlop slicks.
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Riding a bike set up for a hard-riding pro didn't translate well with an amateur riding at lower speeds.
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2004 AMA Superstock Champion Aaron Gobert was smiling in this picture, but would he after we took his bike around the track a couple times?
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Despite the Valentino Rossi helmet, Duke found Gobert's R1 to be too much for his talents to handle.
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Here's Aaron Gobert showing us the proper way to ride his bike.
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Aaron Gobert (1) leads team owner Chuck Graves (2) in an impromptu race around Willow. Graves nearly pulled off the win but was beaten by his championship-winning rider.
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In an ironic twist, Gobert was forced to lead Duke around Willow mounted on a stock R6 for the Speed Channel on-board camera.