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Barney Fartpants

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Unexplainable yearning for an R1

Hi strangers :lol:

 

Lately I've had strange urges...to own an R1. I don't know if I'll do anything about fulfilling them or not but I've been considering anything from '04-'07 or maybe even '08. Any opinions on those models anyone?

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

Hi Barney

..and welcome back.:winkie:.. long time no see.

R1's - great bikes.:winkie: I owned an 04 for a while and have ridden the newer 'cross-plane crank' model.

The 04 was a good bike, handled well and fast as f*ck from 7000 rpm ..just felt it lacked a bit of low down / mid range grunt compared to the gixxer.

Love the cross-plane crank version, sounds fantastic, more mid range grunt and feels more like a big V-twin than an in line 4....with instant throttle reaction :smile

If you can stretch to a cross-plane crank one (2009 onwards) - it's worth it.:winkie:   

Otherwise the 07/08 model has more grunt than the 04/05/06.

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jonny68

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jonny68 says:

R1

I thought sports bikes were going out of fasion ?:blink:

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Barney Fartpants

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Hey Kam

Thanks, yeah it's been a loooong time!:laugh:

 

That's the first comparison I've heard which favours the cross plane over the older 'screamer' engine. Everybody agrees on the lower range punch like you said but i suppose it's all down to preference.

 

I myself do like V's as I love the SV1000 I currently own, so anything 'like' a V can't be a bad thing. Although I've been told the cross plane would be a tad thirstier, I can't confirm that as I haven't compared factory data.

 

Also, price is a fairly big factor, so it might have to be something a little older.

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

Barney

I guess it IS a personal preference thing at the end of the day ...if you can, the best thing would be to try and get a ride on the bikes and see how you feel about them....They are all good. But for me it would be cross-plane crank version. :winkie:  

 

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paulderekjohnson

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Me too Kam

However,there is a certain appeal to the older ones which I can understand,in a vaguely similar way to enjoying the delights of a well set up TZ350.  :wink:

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Barney Fartpants

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Test rides

Yeah Kam I'll have to get on as many as possible to see how they feel. Not in this bloody weather though! :wacko:

 

Maybe some people take what you said, Paul to a higher level, in so much as they loved the older engines and just resent Yamaha for messing about with it to that extent, regardless if it's a positive result or not. Well that's what I think anyway.

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paulderekjohnson

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Ah

There's always those Barney,but in all honesty,both are good. Personally,I'd spend my money on the later version,but I still enjoy a blast on the early types now and then. :smile

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captsteve

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captsteve says:

R1

I've had a few R1's 


1998 brilliant, killed it on a track day (crashed oops!)

2001 nice ride but the 98 was a bit more scary

2004 to begin with liked it but did find it flat mid range and i mean flat up  to7k then good fun.

2010 Best one yet i might change it for a panigale but would test ride first 

by the way i had never test ridden any of the R1's ive had. 

as for fuel consumption i get about 28-33 depending on how i'm riding its got akroprovic cans and it sounds great 

Steve

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Barney Fartpants

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Can anybody tell me..

How they compare for engine braking before and after the introduction of big bang?

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paulderekjohnson

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Phew!

That was a long time ago Barney. But I do know we're slowing down because of the moon  :wink:

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