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Review of the 2002 model Yamaha YZF R1 Review of the 2002 Yamaha YZF R1

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Ive never owned anything but a Honda, Suzuki or Ducati in my life until now. I dont know what I was thinking! The R1 is so smooth and easy to ride that you almost forget your legs are wrapped around a major powerhouse.
Review of the YZF R1 submitted on 2006-11-04.

I just purchased an R1 about a week ago for a screaming deal. Its an 02 with 3100 miles and is in showroom condition, Dollars 6200 and a three hour drive one way got me this gem. The guy I bought it from said he only put 300 miles on it since he owned it and never went over 90 mph. Now I realize it probably scared the crap out of him. Me and my partner showed up and both test road it down his street at 140 mph which it did without a blink of an eye. I hauled it home and then realized that it had a bad miss in the motor from 4K down to idle. Someone had put a pipe on it and never tuned the bike accordingly. All the professionals I talked to said to put a power commander mapped to the exhaust and it would purr like a dream. I spent the Dollars 300 for it and learned that it didnt help. Under the guidance of my original prognosis I changed the spark plugs and now its a kitten. Compared to working on my Ducati 748R this bike was a bear. Nothing was easy and quick about taking anything apart. Thats the only bad thing I have to say about it. It has the capability to ride like a scooter, or a screaming track monger. The low and mid range power is uncomparible to anything I ve ridden before, not to mention the top. Its nice to know that you don´t have to be in a certain rpm range to have incredible passing power at the drop of a hat. Its cornering abilities is better than I had expected. The LCD digital intruments (except tach) is great and has two trip meters and a clock. The clutch is easy to disengage and overall riding comfort is excellent. Wheelies are a no brainer for anyone on this bike. I will do them if you just turn the throttle enough.

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