Obviously, with its 998cc, 180-horsepower ram-air
fuel-injected engine, the YZF-R1 is intended for riders who like their
performance straight up.
Not so obvious is that years of Yamaha liter-bike evolution have
produced a machine that offers unsurpassed refinement, control, and
Optimum weight distribution, along with
advanced chassis design and power management
software, produce a bike that puts the horsepower into harness and then
reins it into control with the latest in braking hardware.
Add to that the sculpted fuel tank and narrow frame
and you have an organic machine that nearly disappears beneath you at
The result is the winner of Roadracing World and Motorcyclist
magazines' Open-class comparison tests.