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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 3:33 pm    Post subject: 2005 R1 long version, sorry Reply with quote

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I know itís not a new bike, but it is to me so here it is. Only the second litre sports bike I have ridden, but what a difference after the TT600 I have just traded in for it.
Overall nice styling, sleek, sporty looks and two colour fairing in Silver and a subtle Blue. The rear end finished to a point with flush rear light, in a clear plastic. The front end sloping down to an aerodynamic nose cone, finished off with bug eye headlights with clear glass, hopefully giving better night vision than the usual diffused glass.
The dash looks great with the blue back lighting of the digital display Speedo and Odometer/Trip meters which are symmetrically set either side of the rev counter, as the necessary information for progressive sporty riding. Of course it is a good idea to have the occasional glance at the Speedo, to ensure you keep your licence.
With 2 trip meters the odometer and a lap timer on the right display, the Speedo, clock reset and select buttons on the right, everything is very easy to use and self explanatory.
Being of a slightly shorter stature, it was nice to swing my leg over and touch the ground on both sides of the bike, albeit only the toes. It feels comfortable enough as the bike is narrow at the front of the seat allowing me to feel more confident when manoeuvring the bike.
So I disarm the fecking Data tool alarm, turn the ignition on and all the lights momentarily illuminate, the rev counter needle swings round to max and the sensors (or whatever) do all the things they should do, making the right noises...apparently.
Hit the start button and the straight four fires into life, like it wants to leave without me, eager or what? The exhaust tone through the two under seat cans (aftermarket) is sweet and makes me smile or perhaps grin, like a Cheshire cat. (Why is it only Cheshire cats grin?)
With a new set of Michelin power tyres (hopefully securing the beast to the ground) on I need to go easy till they are scrubbed in. Pulling the clutch in, I notice that unless you have particularly long fingers itís a bit of a stretch to say the least. I will be getting some Hong Kong Shortyís! The front brake leaver on the other hand (now thereís a pun) is no problem. With a little hesitation, I gently pull away expecting the throttle to be difficult to control at slow speed, not at all. It is very easy to control.
So the riding position is of course focussed as itís a sports bike, I feel my knees are bent a little tighter than Iím used to as my leathers are gripping my kneecaps, like shit sticks to a blanket. Having warm weather really isnít helping! With the focussed position, I find that when riding slow Iím constantly sliding to the front of the seat and leaning too much on the clip-onís, balls pressed tightly against the fuel tank I will try to avoid bumps, like a Chav avoids work (at all cost). I have to make a concerted effort to grip the bike with my knees and use my stomach muscles to take the weight of my wrists. This will improve as I get used to the bike and not be a problem when riding at a reasonable pace.
Trying to find my through typical weekday traffic to find some decent A and B roads to enjoy. Initially flicking up through the gears at around 5k as I donít wish to find myself in any trouble with the front wheel in the air, not my thing! The gear box feels very smooth, so clutch less changes are a breeze going up through the box. Just as well given the distance the clutch lever is from the bar.
With a bit of flicking the bike side to side, I warm the tyres and head down some twisties and slowly open the throttle, enjoying the roar from those aftermarket cans, (whatever they are). Slowly but surely I get the nose tipping in with ease into every corner, the bike feels planted and I donít notice any loss of grip from the Michelinís. Where ever I point the front of the bike it goes almost like itís controlling me. I can feel the potential to be over zealous with the throttle and take the R1 hedge trimming and ploughing some un-expecting Farmers field, (if you have no self control).It is however very easy to keep in control, much easier than I was anticipating. With endless power on tap, there is no need to rag the life out the lump in any gear. Higher up the rev range the power bands kick in, somewhere around 10K I think and then she flies, awesome, giving the feeling that you will never run out of bhp, but could easily run out of road first. The blue LED gear change indicator is glowing brightly at me, regularly, that said I never had the need to hit the rev limiter.
After 120 miles, I had to deliberately select 6th gear to make sure it was there, as I hadnít used it till then. The tyres are almost minus Chicken strips; about 1mm left on the rear, so all in all a confidence inspiring ride. Something tells me I am going to enjoy this and may feel the need for a track day soon. A phenomenal bike, not suitable for slow riding in traffic but immense for a progressive ride and probably more fitting for a taller rider for the reach to the bars but what the heck I will deal with that for now. Happy days!!
Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

muhahahaha!! Very Happy

shorty's yep! I have the same problem on R1 clutch levers.
Power Commander 3 and Quickshifter is also highly recommended! Wink

you can alter the shift warning light - mine comes on at 12.5k - check the manual 2 Thumbs up

it won't be long until you're pleading for more than 172BHP Laughing

glad you like it chap! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

more than 172 BHP?

Go for a Blackbird then )
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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more than 172 BHP?

Go for a Blackbird then )


why, when they only make low 150bhp Confused
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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more than 172 BHP?

Go for a Blackbird then )


why, when they only make low 150bhp Confused


I sit corrected

Go for the Fireblade with 215 then Smile

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dont know what dodgey sites you're looking at (my AV blocks that link) but no 'Blade has made more than 178BHP (2011 model) which is still shy of every +180BHP R1 since 2006

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

180 BHP plus R1 on a stock motor Laughing Laughing in yer dreams Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oooooh theres another one around now Very Happy , excellent choice of bike if i may say so myself. in fact the only bike ive liked and hung onto for more than 2 weeks Laughing

Really glad you like it, and as somebody used to say "there is only one"
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have to make a concerted effort to grip the bike with my knees and use my stomach muscles to take the weight of my wrists


Get a pair of clear stomp grips on it mate... I had the same problem and it's much easier to cling on under braking etc without your body weight braking your wrist when riding slow.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STOMPGRIP-TANK-PADS-Grips-YAMAHA-R1-04-06-Stomp-Grip-/270691075911?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f06720747
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Pulling the clutch in, I notice that unless you have particularly long fingers itís a bit of a stretch to say the least. I will be getting some Hong Kong Shortyís


First thing i did on mine.. It's amazing what a difference it makes!

Glad you like it - have fun and be safe Cool
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah... and....

Need Pics!
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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180 BHP plus R1 on a stock motor Laughing Laughing in yer dreams Rolling Eyes


a bit more realistic than a 'blade putting out 215bhp tho Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What, what... you mean motorcycles can produce more than 100bhp?
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have to make a concerted effort to grip the bike with my knees and use my stomach muscles to take the weight of my wrists


Get a pair of clear stomp grips on it mate... I had the same problem and it's much easier to cling on under braking etc without your body weight braking your wrist when riding slow.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STOMPGRIP-TANK-PADS-Grips-YAMAHA-R1-04-06-Stomp-Grip-/270691075911?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f06720747
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Pulling the clutch in, I notice that unless you have particularly long fingers itís a bit of a stretch to say the least. I will be getting some Hong Kong Shortyís


First thing i did on mine.. It's amazing what a difference it makes!

Glad you like it - have fun and be safe Cool


Cheers chris I will have a look at the grip things, could be useful Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wivvy wrote:
muhahahaha!! Very Happy

shorty's yep! I have the same problem on R1 clutch levers.
Power Commander 3 and Quickshifter is also highly recommended! Wink

you can alter the shift warning light - mine comes on at 12.5k - check the manual 2 Thumbs up

it won't be long until you're pleading for more than 172BHP Laughing

glad you like it chap! Smile


Hmmm, power commander maybe later, the quick shifter may have to wait as well. I guess they would bump the insurance premium up though.
I think I will be happy with it for a while, but lets see Wink .
Most definitely like it Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on the new bike! Is there any pics? Cool
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Bacon wrote:
djSharky wrote:
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I have to make a concerted effort to grip the bike with my knees and use my stomach muscles to take the weight of my wrists


Get a pair of clear stomp grips on it mate... I had the same problem and it's much easier to cling on under braking etc without your body weight braking your wrist when riding slow.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STOMPGRIP-TANK-PADS-Grips-YAMAHA-R1-04-06-Stomp-Grip-/270691075911?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f06720747
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Pulling the clutch in, I notice that unless you have particularly long fingers itís a bit of a stretch to say the least. I will be getting some Hong Kong Shortyís


First thing i did on mine.. It's amazing what a difference it makes!

Glad you like it - have fun and be safe Cool


Cheers chris I will have a look at the grip things, could be useful Smile


If you wanna have a play on mine to see if they make any difference mate your more than welcome... I'm a bit limited as to what i can do this weekend but gimme a shout and we'll have a chat!
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djSharky wrote:
Bacon wrote:
djSharky wrote:
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I have to make a concerted effort to grip the bike with my knees and use my stomach muscles to take the weight of my wrists


Get a pair of clear stomp grips on it mate... I had the same problem and it's much easier to cling on under braking etc without your body weight braking your wrist when riding slow.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STOMPGRIP-TANK-PADS-Grips-YAMAHA-R1-04-06-Stomp-Grip-/270691075911?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f06720747
Quote:
Pulling the clutch in, I notice that unless you have particularly long fingers itís a bit of a stretch to say the least. I will be getting some Hong Kong Shortyís


First thing i did on mine.. It's amazing what a difference it makes!

Glad you like it - have fun and be safe Cool


Cheers chris I will have a look at the grip things, could be useful Smile


If you wanna have a play on mine to see if they make any difference mate your more than welcome... I'm a bit limited as to what i can do this weekend but gimme a shout and we'll have a chat!


Cheers mate, I might have a look, sit on the bike maybe but I won't ride ya bike coz knowing my luck that would be the time something happens and I would feel soooo baaaad.
I'm working all the Bank Hol except sat but if you are around from thurs let me know.
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So I went out to get petrol and go for a bimble on the R1, but spontaniousley ended up hooning to Rye and doing the Camber Bends Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy .
Really starting to get a feel for this bike, that has to be one of the best rides I have had for a long time, especially considering it was a weekday.
Not going to get bored again for a while Very Happy Very Happy
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andi wrote:
Congrats on the new bike! Is there any pics? Cool


Cheers mate, there will be at some point but I have to clean all the bloody flies off it first. Shocked
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Wivvy wrote:
Road Runner wrote:
180 BHP plus R1 on a stock motor Laughing Laughing in yer dreams Rolling Eyes


a bit more realistic than a 'blade putting out 215bhp tho Wink


Yer not wrong there Wink
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Congrats on the new bike! Is there any pics? Cool


+1 mate, I'll never be able to keep up with you now... Confused


not that I ever have anyway.... Embarrassed Crying or Very sad
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Bacon wrote:
So I went out to get petrol and go for a bimble on the R1, but spontaniousley ended up hooning to Rye and doing the Camber Bends Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy .
Really starting to get a feel for this bike, that has to be one of the best rides I have had for a long time, especially considering it was a weekday.
Not going to get bored again for a while Very Happy Very Happy


One does not "bimble" on an R1 dahling!
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Wivvy wrote:
Bacon wrote:
So I went out to get petrol and go for a bimble on the R1, but spontaniousley ended up hooning to Rye and doing the Camber Bends Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy .
Really starting to get a feel for this bike, that has to be one of the best rides I have had for a long time, especially considering it was a weekday.
Not going to get bored again for a while Very Happy Very Happy


One does not "bimble" on an R1 dahling!


rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing Your telling me dahling Shocked
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andi wrote:
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+1 mate, I'll never be able to keep up with you now... Confused


not that I ever have anyway.... Embarrassed Crying or Very sad


Don't worry about that Cleber, you ride your own ride, that's what matters. You do alright mate Very Happy
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Bacon wrote:
Wivvy wrote:
Bacon wrote:
So I went out to get petrol and go for a bimble on the R1, but spontaniousley ended up hooning to Rye and doing the Camber Bends Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy .
Really starting to get a feel for this bike, that has to be one of the best rides I have had for a long time, especially considering it was a weekday.
Not going to get bored again for a while Very Happy Very Happy


One does not "bimble" on an R1 dahling!


rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing Your telling me dahling Shocked


one must use the correct terminology and associate oneself with those of equal stature!

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