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Old May 25th 2015, 06:14 AM   #1
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I Ride: '19 V4 w/ MotGP livery, '07 1098s TriColore '05 999 CYBOR9, '05 HONDA 600RR REPSOL
My Yamaha R1 Encounter Road Atlanta

When I signed up with N2 for a track day, my first one with the organization, first one at Rd Atlanta I didn't expect anything but to let my Panigale stretch her legs. I didn't even expect to have a Saturday off to be able to but, what a bonus it was to be given the opportunity to ride the brand new R1 :-).
Of course there was a Yamaha "control rider" who sets your pace and keep you and the machine safe. I was rather surprised when he actually signaled to me "come on" and picked up our pace. I guess that's why he asked me what bike do I ride before we started, guess the 1199 got his approval lol. In short, though I was not allowed to pass him I still had a blast and now know for myself what all the rave and media excitement is all about.
She's worthy !!!! Panigale still #1 tho ;-)

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Old May 25th 2015, 04:01 PM   #2
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Nice! People keep saying good things about.

I was down in Bowling Green this weekend and one guy came down with his new R1M. Started the day with 5 miles on the clock and crashed it 25 miles later...
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Old May 25th 2015, 05:11 PM   #3
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Oh wow, that's a bummer ...i'd be the type of guy to ride a bike like that hard tho and track it.

It's sad and I look at ppl stupid when they're amazed that I track my plain 'ol 1199 ..these bikes we made for the track !!
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Old May 25th 2015, 06:10 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by DUCENZO View Post
Oh wow, that's a bummer ...i'd be the type of guy to ride a bike like that hard tho and track it.

It's sad and I look at ppl stupid when they're amazed that I track my plain 'ol 1199 ..these bikes we made for the track !!
Yup...certainly must sting a little if you put your brand-new bike on the track and barely make it 10 laps...I haven't talked to him but from what I heard, the bike wasn't too bad...

But I totally agree...the latest crop of superbikes certainly only can really be appreciated at the track...
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Old May 27th 2015, 07:00 PM   #5
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DO you remember the CR's name? I run I group with N2 and there are a couple control riders that run Yamaha's and are just plain stupid fast. A group of us all brought our Panigales out to VIR and now most of use turn faster track times on old 600's. I'm glad you had a great time...if you make it up to NC Bike lmk as we always have a group there.
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Old May 28th 2015, 12:08 PM   #6
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Give us some detailed impressions compared to your panigale?
How was the power? Handling / nimbleness?
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Old May 29th 2015, 05:46 AM   #7
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I Ride: '19 V4 w/ MotGP livery, '07 1098s TriColore '05 999 CYBOR9, '05 HONDA 600RR REPSOL
Ok
Visual sex appeal~ Nice styling, I like everything but the placement of the headlights. It also doesn't help that on one light comes on with low beam...dunno which looks more retarded now, this or the beemer.
I also really like the aggressive looking air intake, reminds me of Vale's bike :-).

Ergo~ riding position was great, seat comfy and I liked how the bike felt very narrow and light like the Duc, even just straddling it at a stand still it feels small.
Seat height felt lower as well, considering I do have the 5 feet tall "comfort seat" :-).

F&F~ Nice paint scheme/ options, Of course id change out the cheap looking levers and rear sets immediately (I've always said the same about the base S1KRR as well) For $16+K I expect just a little more. I EXPECT BREMBO CALIPERS AND MASTERS.

Tech features~ The dash was a nice though, not being biased but, its not as nice as the Pani but, probably the next best thing out there. The gear indicator and even the speed is too small, maybe not enough contrast. Or maybe there's too much going on on the dash. It does have a what I wanna call a Brake pressure application visual aid, which is worthless while you are riding/braking (who looks at the dash while braking?). I guess it might be useful if you shoot a video and study it to see how much more brake you can apply..?
This might be petty but, stock pipes are way too quiet. I couldn't hear the bike, even at high revs.

The ride~ it was exhilarating, maybe more so because I didn't expect to be riding it lol. Did I mention though that it was way too quiet ugh. The thing handles, that no one can deny and its quick along the back straight but I needed an exhaust note to add to that sensation.
The power was there but, keep in mind though we got up to speed I was not allowed to pass the Yamaha "pace" rider. so I didn't get to ring her her neck how I would normally ride.
Oh yeah, throttle response ...you thought the Pani was choppy in Race mode? This thing was a little too sensitive, makes it tough after trail braking or in a situation where you just need a little throttle to get you outta trouble.
Very nimble and good ergo while hanging off.
I must say the front end was more planted coming over some of the hills and along the bask straight there's a dip at high speed. While my Pani gets wheelie happy the R1 was more stable ;-/. Maybe I need to work on my suspension lol.
I didn't mess with the settings too much but it has a nice selection and i'd like to ride the bike more before I can comment on that.
Brakes are good but not as good as the Pani, of course I have more seat time on the Pani but, I could still tell the difference.
Confidence=fast and I was more confident on the 1199

I've ridden the Beemer quite a bit too and i'd say it handles better and I'd buy it over the beemer. Maybe we'll get this for the wife ;-)



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Old May 29th 2015, 06:08 AM   #8
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But I totally agree...the latest crop of superbikes certainly only can really be appreciated at the track...
My 2015 R will see the track in a month or so, for sure
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Old Jun 5th 2015, 05:14 AM   #9
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I Ride: '15 Panigale 1299S, '15 Triumph 675R, '14 Honda Grom, '13 Aprilia RSV4, '10 Yamaha R6, '06 Yamaha R1
The R1 is a great package. Arguably the best Liter bike off the showroom floor (especially if you are talking about "bang for the buck").

A good friend of mine is one of the fastest club racers in the Northeast (multi-time Champion) and he swapped to an R1 this year. In his first weekend on it (which was also his first time racing a Liter bike) he set his personal best at Grattan (which is his home track where he can run a near lap-record pace).

And that is without any testing/setup time. That is using some basic settings given by Giachetto.

For him to immediately get on the bike and set a personal best, on a track that he has won numerous races on (racing an SV, R6 and 750), says a lot about how good of a package it is.
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Old Jun 6th 2015, 12:45 PM   #10
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I Ride: 2015 Panigale 1299 Base
good ol Grattan - been around there a few times, kinda bumpy (or is was back then)

No doubt R1 is best liter overall for 2015, they are already putting down 190+ rwhp with a pipe and flash, don't try that with previous models
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