Yamaha YZF-R1 Reviews from Australia

1998 Yamaha YZF-R1

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha XJ900F

Summary:

The most fun you can have with your pants on

Faults:

This bike has been completely faultless with no problems.

Some of the rubber parts are ageing. The last service replaced the fuel bowl o-rings, fuel tap kit (o-ring aged) fork seals leaking, rebuilt rear shock (rubber bits not sealing), braided front brake lines (old lines getting squishy).

General Comments:

First gear is amazing and frightening at the same time.

Handling much improved by narrower rear tyre (-10mm).

Add a few teeth to the rear sprocket for more wheelies and smiles.

Uncomfortable on long distances (wrists, back, butt).

Best brakes in the business, still.

Jekyll and Hyde engine. I commute to work every day, and it's so smooth and civilised. On Sundays I can still ride a racebike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2007

2004 Yamaha YZF-R1

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1200 kilometres
Most recent distance3500 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha YZF-R1

Summary:

Best super bike ever built

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

I have owned many big bore performance bikes. This is one of the best bikes ever built - looks great and is value for money.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2006

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews