I know that the motogp bikes are proto types, but how you say yamaha R1's are POS when there are 4 in the top 10 currently?
He's sipping on h8terade and enjoying a big bowl of stupid, maybe?
Anyway, I've had three R1's...a 1st-gen 1999 carbed version, a 2002 2nd-gen (my first EFI'd bike), and finally a 2004. IMHO all pre-2009 models remain among the best looking mass produced literbikes to ever come out of Japan. Period. I never really experienced the excessive heat from the underseat pipes (the cat down in the stock Y-pipe is really to blame). There was a recall for a faulty throttle position sensor that could cause low engine idle and shutdown at the most inopportune times. The '04 through '06's were notorious for lack of midrange; there was a huge chasm around 7000 rpm, and the engine didn't really wake up until nearly 10,000 and then checked out.
I bought a literbike for torque...if I want to spin up an engine I would have gotten a 600.
I rode a friend's 2009 shortly after he finished breaking it in. Coming off my 2006 G1K, it felt fatter with average brakes and a longer reach to the bars. With the throttle at A mode it was really touchy. Knocking it down to B resulted in much less hairtrigger
throttle response (you paying attention Uni?
). Great low-end and midrange, top needed some help. The cat really cooked my leg during the in-town portion of the ride. Handling was okay, nothing to write home about (TBH he did still have the stock tires); any late-model CBR would dance rings around it in that department.
After he got a set of Yosh c/f cans, eliminated the cat and remapped it, it was much better with an improved top-end, but the midrange still can't touch the Honda's. Sounded tits though.