In October 2016 we bought a new motorcycle. The beautiful bike we picked up was a gun metal gray 2016 Yamaha R1 (1000cc). She was completely stock and had zero miles on here when we bought it. A few weeks after owning it, she had a little over a thousand miles on the odometer and a few new modifications. One of them being the exhaust.
This isn't the first R1 we have had. Many years ago we owned a 2005 R1, which was my pride and joy. We have owned several motorcycles over the years, and I have loved the all, but the R1 is my favorite.
In my opinion, the R1 is one of the best-designed and engineered machines available on the sportbike market. To me, Yamaha is the industry leader, but I'm sure a rider loyal to another brand would say the same about theirs.
Before owning this R1, my favorite year was 2005. To me, that was one of the best feeling sportbikes on the road. It was light, fast and had very aggressive styling. In 2012 I parted ways with her to make room for a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
I'm very happy to have another R1. Yamaha did a fantastic job with the redesign of the R1. This new model is now my favorite. The looks, performance, and technology they put into this bike is breathtaking. Out of all the motorcycle I have owned or ridden over the course of 14 years, the R1 is the bike that gets the blood coursing through my veins the most.
I look forward to modifying it slightly and taking short road trips on her!
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