Bike of the day: Yamaha R1

Published: 04 July 2018

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The Yamaha R1 turns 20 this year and although it’s changed a lot since then it has always boasted crazy performance figures and held its own with the likes of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The 2007-2008 version is the last one before the introduction of the crossplane crank, but Yamaha swapped from five valves per cylinder to four and used variable length inlet trumpets to provide extra midrange drive without sacrificing top end power. At the time, the bike received a new frame, swingarm and suspension, which updated the ride and handling, but Yamaha retained the aggressive front-end keenness R1s are known for.

Perfect for the track, the R1 is equally capable on the road with useable power low down the revs and a stable, comfortable ride.

It doesn’t sound as distinctive as the crossplane crank version it preceded, but it's still an iconic machine.

What the seller says

“The above, Yamaha YZF-R1 comes in red and has only 9,894 miles showing on the clock. This bike has good service history and will come with a fresh MOT and service so it's ready to go.”

Find this Yamaha and other R1 models at MCN Bikes for Sale.

Here's MCN's Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves taking an R1 round Jerez in 2007:

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