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Looks like Boothy’s been on the pork pies again…

I’ve always been a massive fan of the R1, the current one, especially; I’ve always loved how racy they are. It’s got the looks of a super sporty, track orientated machine and that’s only hammered home when you throw a leg over it. The seat feels high and the bars low so the bike naturally throws you into a bit of a racing crouch, but not to the extent that it’s uncomfortable.

The seat is still fairly arse friendly with loads of room to move around and the pegs aren’t so high that you need to stop every 10 miles to stretch your legs. At really steady speeds and around town, I did find there was a lot of weight going through my wrists owing to the low, sporty bars, but as soon as you got up to about 50mph, the wind would lift your chest up and take the weight off your wrists. I did wonder if that was why Yamaha had given the R1 such a modestly sized windscreen.

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