Yamaha’s latest R1 features new-found midrange drive from junking Yamaha’s tried and tested five-valve per cylinder in favour of the traditional four-valve set up, but at the same time installing some of the “bad boy” engine manners the original model was famed for. The chassis also gets updated by way of new frame, swingarm and suspension to make this latest Yamaha R1 a perfect road bike tool and the basis for a stonking trackday and superstock motorcycle.
Watch the Yamaha YZF-R1 take on the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Kawasaki's ZX-10R and Suzuki's GSX-R1000
Watch the Yamaha R1 take on Kawasaki's ZX-10R
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