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SeanAlexander 02-18-2004 11:52 AM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
Sure! The answer is "Yes" the R1 can be both smooth and explosively powerful. Heck even a 5 year old 600 can be explosively powerful, if you are willing to use the clutch and ride it like a 125 MX bike. Clutch or no clutch however, any of the current 1000cc supersports easily qualifies as explosively powerfull, any time they are on the cam.

seruzawa 02-18-2004 11:56 AM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
As far as I'm concerned this ride is an open invitational..... except for HeWhoCan'tBeNamed.

ardnopes 02-18-2004 11:57 AM

Damn you, MO!
So I've been struggling for months to get the new R1 off my brain. 12-step program, electroshock therapy, the works. This morning I felt like I was starting to move on with life. Trying to develop feelings for a nice, sensible bike, I sign on to MO to re-read the review of the V-Strom that the 'zuki dealer was oh-so-excited about. BAM! The new R1 was staring back at me, wearing that oh-so-sexy red paint, no less. Forget about any headway I thought I had made.

I don't need a literbike. My skills don't warrant a literbike. I don't even really care that it is a literbike-I'd probably lust after the damned thing if you took the pistons out of the engine. I just want it like I want Katie Holmes. Damn, now I want Katie Holmes on the R1. This isn't getting any better.

You're gonna turn me into a squid and a poseur, dammit!

Buzglyd 02-18-2004 12:08 PM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
We'll find as many Roberto's as we can along the route.

I'm sure searching for Italian motorcycle parts on the Alcan Hwy will be a breeze!

Ursius 02-18-2004 01:41 PM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
Ok. Sean I can't honestly comment as to the heat condition on the right of the bike since well I just got mine last night drove it off the lot in the Seattle Rain. :( Yea can we say slick boys and girls? Let me just say this for the record. Please don't drive New tires on wet roads. Ok thats out of the way.

I too found the sound to be stunning! I mean down right beautiful. Let me set this right, the sound it makes right from idel with a slight twist is musical delight. Brilliant!

I also have to agree with Sean about the braking. I gave up my 954 for this bike and I have to say the instant bite is not there. Brembo master or not, it seems that they didn't kick the PSI up enough for the larger surface area of the brake pad. I hope its something I'll be better aware of when its out of the rain and more than 40 miles on it.

Anyway, nice review if not a touch biased towards the RR... I mean honestly you never even mentioned the ZX10s tank slapping? How does it compare? As to the HESD? It's electronic, thats all I gots to say. Next, why don't we throw in Traction control, Electronic Anti-Wheelie, and ABS all around? Why? Because we don't need a bike to drive for us, Thats the beauty. Anyway off my soap box. No doubt about it my R1 is pure Sex appeal, and thank god my Wife is understanding.

And in agreement with another poster...

DO IT... DO IT NOW because that damn clock does tick, and soon its "Damn, why didn't I try that?"


SeanAlexander 02-18-2004 02:11 PM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
Uh... I never mentioned it, because I've never had a ZX-10 tank-slap or otherwise wobble on me.

I'm no fan of "automatic" anything, but I have to respect a system that works as well as the HESD. Traction control, ABS and anti-wheelie are all things I'd gladly pay not to have.

seruzawa 02-18-2004 02:14 PM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
Well if you guys bring the Ducks and Zx's and such then I'll be Tailend Charlie on my shaftie.

There's a limit on how many broken pistons and such I can carry.

Buzglyd 02-18-2004 04:27 PM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
The Geezer Glide would be the bike of choice. You can find H-D stuff anywhere. Heck I'd just follow longride and use the parts that fall off his glide for spares!

Nplateau 02-18-2004 06:22 PM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
Well it could mean something nasty, but how about we look at it this way: when we say "hole-hog" we are referring to the hole-shot. As in racing. As in king of the hole shot. Stop watching porn while studying the dictionary. Watch more racing.

P-Ratt 02-19-2004 02:42 AM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
"298 to 320mm but are now 5mm thinner"

Should that be .5mm? 5mm is a lot to take off the disks.

Holy_Kaw 02-19-2004 04:03 AM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
Planning on having a blast the whole time (for the fourteenth time!). As far as sitting around in traffic, I've always considered that to be an optional activity when I'm on two wheels (will be).

longride 02-19-2004 04:25 AM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
Whatcha mean? It's 45 here today.Waaaahooo!

longride 02-19-2004 04:53 AM

Are ya sure?
Now Sean, why would you want to hang with the Gray PonyTailed Brotherhood? You will ruin your reputation with KPaul. Looking at getting a ride to Alaska together next year with Seru and Buz and Sarnali, if he's up for it, and anyone else('cept one). You are certainly invited. I'm not sure how much "Sport" and how much "Touring" will be done, depending on the choice of vehicles, but if the Glides are going at least we can have fun lookin for the parts that fell off.

longride 02-19-2004 05:05 AM

No excuses
Seriously, after you blew off the 100th, you gotta get in on this one. I think it could be a wild journey. The GPTB rides again! Sean could be our prospect, and we decide at the end if he makes the grade. LOL We even bring KPaul. Honest officer, he slipped and fell down that 200 ft ravine. Really. We feel so bad too!

Buzglyd 02-19-2004 05:06 AM

He already did
We had Carne Asada together at Roberto's in Del Mar during the great cruiser extravaganza.

Buzglyd 02-19-2004 05:09 AM

Re: No excuses
I always struggle to take any kind of vacation longer than 4 or 5 days. A six year old son and 25 employees usually prevent escaping for long periods of time.

tonyharrah 02-19-2004 05:28 AM

Re: Damn you, MO!
Now that would be a shootout! Katie Holmes vs. the R1. The R1 is probably a little quicker, but I think Katie's 'ergonomics' might make up for a lot.

seruzawa 02-19-2004 05:34 AM

Already making..
..excuses, eh?

The Alcan trip will show who's full of hot air and hog holes.

We should meet in Seattle and then ride around a bit looking for any Ninja riders who are lugging their engines.

Buzglyd 02-19-2004 05:47 AM

Re: Already making..
We could always ride to Cabo San Lucas instead.

Way better chicks!

sarnali 02-19-2004 06:04 AM

Re: obligatory response;
We have our share of hotties too, and between here and Alaska is a whole raft of fine lookin' B.C. hotties, not to mention Alaska's crop. All that cool air and skiing keeps them fit.

But you'll see for yourself if your rattle-trap bagger makes it this far.........

Buzglyd 02-19-2004 06:06 AM

Alaska's crop?
The men out number the women about 100 to 1.

In Alaska they say, "you don't lose your girl, you just lose your turn."

sarnali 02-19-2004 06:10 AM

Re: If ?
Hell yeah I'm up for it.... We can all meet up at my house and gargle some Fosters while you and Buzz work over your baggers,

I'll run up to Home Depot and buy a case of Loc-Tite for ya'

johnnyb 02-19-2004 06:36 AM


It's not just for breakfast anymore. what the hell r u people talking about?

seruzawa 02-19-2004 06:41 AM

Re: If ?
Don't you keep a lot of Loctite on hand for yer Trumpet?

Triumph should offer a Bonneville Nostalgia Special. It would come with all the nuts and bolts safetywired and a color matched drip pan to put under the engine. The speedo should say you are going 20% faster than you actually are (when it's working at all).

A nice touch would be special tickling valves so you can spill gas all over your engine. Though for safety reasons the bike could come with pre-discolored engine cases under the faux-Amal monoblocs instead.

I'm still looking forward to (hopefully) picking up a Speed Triple this year. I'd better lay in a supply of Loctite and spare pistons right now.

kawazuki 02-19-2004 06:47 AM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
Hey, you live in Sandy Eggo?

I just got a job there. I start monday, so I'm moving this weekend.

Sadly, there's no time to arrange for motorcycle transport, since I'm just moving in my car, so at some point I'm going to have to fly back and ride the bike out. Darn. :)

If I weren't waiting for parts for my bike for the Road Star transmission recall, I might just ship all of my crap UPS and ride just the bike out. That'd be a good way to limit the amount of schmutz I bring with me.

Well, so hey. We should meet up some time, and you can intro me to all the other SD MOrons.

-Ogre / Kawazuki

kawazuki 02-19-2004 06:52 AM

Re: Damn you, MO!
I volunteer to test-ride Ms. Holmes.


Buzglyd 02-19-2004 06:53 AM

I've made plenty of references to the Burger Barn during your tenure here.

It's about the types who show up with a tankbag full of statistics from the latest motomags to prove their rice burner is better than anything on the planet.

I can't remember the name but doesn't LA or Orange county have a burger joint where squids gather on Wednesday nights?

sarnali 02-19-2004 07:45 AM

Re: If ?
Speed Triples kick butt, that and the Thunderbird Sport model.

I went bike looking with a friend of mine yesterday, He's looking for a Valk. but I was checking out the SV1000's, looks like a whole lotta' fun. I might have to add that to my list as well.

We also checked out an '04 fuel injected FXDX at the HD shop for 15K out the door, Too bad I'm tapped on vehicale payments right now.......

sarnali 02-19-2004 07:48 AM

Re: Alaska's crop?
They just tell you that so they can keep them both to themselves.

rsheidler 02-19-2004 07:56 AM

Re: D*MN, that's S*X on 2 wheels...
I have not personally ridden any of the newest crop of literbikes, or the 600s either, but in general, my impression from having ridden earlier model R1 and R6 is that the literbikes are more user-friendly for street use -- assuming that the rider has sufficient judgement to remember that the throttle works both directions. The wonderfully flat torque curves make them a lot easier in both everyday riding and flogging through the twisties, compared to the relatively peaky 600s.

rsheidler 02-19-2004 07:59 AM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
I dunno....I'm 54 and I find that the new R1 fits me just about right -- of course, I am someone who fitted rearsets and lower clipons to my Ducati! LOL

Buzglyd 02-19-2004 07:59 AM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1
I don't know any other San Diego morons. The big Kahuna Morons (Sean, Ebass, etc.) aren't far away though.

I hope your job includes about a million dollars to buy a house. That should net you a good 1200 square ft near a freeway!

Road Star transmission recall? I thought the Far East manufacturers made everything perfectly the first time! lol

JoeBlade 02-19-2004 09:28 AM

Re: Beeeaaaaauuuuutifuuuul!
Those shots of the R1 stripped down to it's red lingerie are brilliant, gorgeous, amazing.


Dig the subtle sinuous curves on that swingarm, the amazing voluptous shape of the headlights. The taught, firm, rounded exhaust.

If you will excuse me, I need to go lock myself in the bathroom...

seruzawa 02-19-2004 11:46 AM

Bike Shops are dangerous...
.. I was at Salt Lake Honda Suzuki getting some gaskets for my Magna last week when what did I behold but a late model Yammer FJ1200 with only 17K on the clock and in primo condition.

Fortunately my wife was with me and was able to escort me out by pulling her snubby on me. I mean, what do I need two Sport Tourers for? I've always lusted after those FJs. If it were a shaftie my "G" would probably be up for sale. And I'd probably still be able to ride after the doctors pulled the .38s out of my butt.

No, I'm holding out for a Speed Triple. But I was looking in at CycleTrader's website and I see that some shop back east has a brand new '03 SV1000 for sale for $6500!

No. I must resist. But Salt Lake HD has a sweet XB12R in the window and they give test rides. No..... must resist..... Speed Triple.... Speed Triple...... there's an Aprilia/Duck dealership only a few blocks from SL HD maybe I should sit on a Tuono....... must resist....

longride 02-19-2004 12:49 PM

Re: Bike Shops are dangerous...
I dig the Speed Triple. I wasn't far from getting one. The Triumph/Duc shop is 3 blocks from my house. Went to the bike show and sat on the VMax and that was it. Had to have one.

caseyheilman 02-19-2004 02:13 PM

Reality check.
They made a racebike and put turnsignals on it. GREAT!

It will do 100MPH in first.GREAT!

This will lead to more fatalities of young men with too much ego/testosterone and not enough skill. BAD!

This will help lawmakers make is illegal to put ourselves in harm's way. BAD!

Can't wait till next year, maybe they can make one that will go faster somehow. GREAT!

pkbrown 02-19-2004 03:42 PM

Re: 2004 Yamaha R1 ... Electronic
Dude, electronics can be your friend. Does the EFI on the new R1 work as flawlessly as all the reviewers say?

TatdNPrcd 02-19-2004 03:44 PM

OK, now I'm scared. Is that like the anti-lean feature of the early ST1100s? You know, the one that had the bike die in the middle of a hard turn.

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