Yamaha R1

I really want to get back into trackday riding with my mates. Trackdays aren’t a race but my new R1 with its fancy electronics, 600-like handling and 189bhp engine, will help me stay in front.

Long term update: R1’s been a blast

Long term update: R1’s been a blast

My time with my brilliant R1 is almost over. Summer’s all but a distant memory and those scorching days riding through Europe and blasting around racetracks seem a lifetime away. But I’ve still been...

Long term update: New vs old R1

Long term update: New vs old R1

My 2015 R1 is such a departure from the old crossplane model, Yamaha could’ve got away with giving it a different name. But what would owners of 2009’s first-generation crossplane crank R1 make of...

Long term update: High-speed homecoming

Long term update: High-speed homecoming

Lydden Hill circuit, nestled in the Kent countryside between Dover and Canterbury, isn’t the kind of track you’d travel the length of the UK to ride. Less than a mile round, Lydden is small,...

Long term update: Yamaha R1 vs Porsche GT3 RS

Long term update: Yamaha R1 vs Porsche GT3 RS

We’ve done loads of car v bike shootouts and the results are usually the same: the bike wins. But I thought this match-up would be different. This is a very special car – a Porsche 911. Some would...

Long term update: The road to temptation

Long term update: The road to temptation

This sexy blue and silver R1 is the first sportsbike I’ve had for a long time. I’ve been scooting around on super-nakeds for the past few years, but I’m gagging to do more trackdays with my mates.