Yamaha YZF-R1 Reviews from United Kingdom

1999 Yamaha YZF-R1

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha YZF-R1

Summary:

You can't buy anything better for the money

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

My second R1. They say you tend to stick with a brand, and I have to say this is true for me. Fantastic value for money; you can't buy anything faster in this engine size/age range.

Easy to tune, cheap to run, unbeatable reliability, handles well in standard trim, stops on a sixpence and comfortable if you want to go a few miles on it (I can do around 80-100 miles before I want to get off for a stretch, which equates to a fuel stop in any case (max 120), so not too bad for a sports.

Do go not cheap on tyres. The new DRC - Diablo Rosso Corsas for me. To budget on your own life is just plain stupid.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2011

2001 Yamaha YZF-R1

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha YBR125

Summary:

Very easy to ride and plenty of scope for progression, but treat it with respect or it will bite you

Faults:

Nothing, other than general service items, and a couple of sets of tyres as I got better at riding it!

Competent in all weather conditions, it will eat up miles better than you would expect, and is happy being ridden sedately or hard, depending on your mood.

General Comments:

I bought this as my first big bike (well actually my first proper bike following the R125 I did a few miles on after passing my CBT, which I out grew after 2000 miles (6 weeks) on it).

A very forgiving bike, comfortable and easy to ride. You can learn/develop your riding on one of these quite easily if you respect it for what it is and take your time as I did. Don't waste your money on a 600 - skip it and buy one of these!

Within 1500 miles, and with some help, hints and constructive criticism from friends/fellow riders, I was getting a huge amount of enjoyment from this bike and can now do pretty much everything I want to on it. Riding smoothly is the key.

In standard form, these are proper quick, and they stop just as well, but you will quickly start working out what you don't like about it and will be looking around for advice and upgrades to suit your riding preferences. Don't worry, there's everything you could every want, and it won't hoover out your wallet either.

I've got to a point now where I have introduced some upgrades... dynojet (the best £100 you will ever spend on a bike) to iron out the flat spots, K&N, headers, exhaust system, removal of the EXUP valve, sports plugs, -1 sprocket kit (you thought it was fast before - try and hang on now!), EK530 chain, uprated brake lines, quick shift and a dyno setup.

Anyway, enjoy whatever you have, but if you want everything and more from a sports bike for not a lot of money, then get one of these!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2010

17th Aug 2011, 03:24

I have the same year bike,2001 YZF R1. I put on a new chain and sprocket (16/48) gearing and wow! Hang on!!! The bike is really fast on both bottom and top end. I upgraded the exhaust system so it not only looks mean, it sounds mean too. The 2001 YZF R1 may be the best bike out there to this date! It is that good! It's the BEST!!!

2003 Yamaha YZF-R1

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSX-R600

Summary:

Awesome machine in every respect

Faults:

Clutch lever pivot bearing or spacer has disintegrated.

General Comments:

Quite simply the best bike that money can buy in this category,. The acceleration and power delivery is supremely smooth, and has none of the aggressive feel of most other bikes I've ridden. The engine braking is excellent, and I would not advise fitting smog blank off plates, as this will reduce its effect.

The braking is as sharp as a tack, although I have never experienced the stock set up, as I have braided lines wavy discs and HH pads fitted.

The standard suspension set up was very stiff, and I found benefit by rolling back on all settings by a couple of clicks. The bike is extremely light, and feels very easy to ride. It is far less tiring than other heavier machines. Handling is a definite plus point of the R1. I need to add however that the bike should have come with a steering damper as standard fitment, as they are essential.

My particular bike has adjustable bars, rear sets, and has been lowered, which may contribute to the lower score on comfort, as I find my glutes and hamstrings sore after a long ride.

The running costs of an R1 are quite restrictive. I find that after 1600 miles my rear Bridgestone bto14 is needing changed again, and I will be fitting my third rear tyre since owning the bike in the next few days. Presumably chain sprockets and brake pads will be pretty much the same for most sports bikes.

As far as fuel being more expensive by the hour, I can honestly say that the R1 uses no more fuel than my previous GSXR 600, and I get roughly 120 miles before the fuel trip meter comes on.

At age 38 with 4 years no claims bonus and a clean license, insurance quotes have come in ranging from £700 - £210 fully comp, therefore it pays to shop around.

It is hard to see how Yamaha could improve on the 2003 version of the R1. By this stage in its development all the problems of previous incarnations have been ironed out to provide us with a truly stunning machine that does what it says on the tin.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2008

2003 Yamaha YZF-R1

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance9200 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZX-6R

Summary:

Totally blown away by this corker of a machine

Faults:

Not a sausage has gone wrong!!

General Comments:

Amazing, stunning, fantastic, raw, aesthetically very pleasing, fast mega package from Yamaha. Beautiful and sharp. I love it!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2005

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews