[ QUOTE ]
2004 Yamaha R1 launch
Our man Jon 'JP' Pearson reports from Sydney Australia from the 2004 Yamaha R1 launch and seems quite enthusiastic.
Predictably I'm going to say it's a beauty, a real ripper mate. A whole day at Eastern Creek race track on Sunday and a day on the rough as a wombat's arse roads today and I've got nothing but good things to say about the R1.
I started the track session a little nervous and uncomfortable with the extra power and the reduced weight but that was partly down to the lazy riding style I'd gotten into with my Suzuki GSX-R1000 long termer during last year. The R1 demands more effort from the rider but once you get used to that it becomes a whole lot more enjoyable because it is more involving to ride.
Basically there's more power through the mid-range up to the red line making it more of a missile than ever. The new chassis turns into corners and holds lines like never before and then puts power to the track and drives out of corners with more traction. You still have to be careful getting on the gas as the chassis is still front end bias and so takes weight off the back end but it is better.
Radial brakes and radial lever are as good as road bike brakes can get with bags of feel and power.
On the road it was a joy. Sharper steering, light controls and comfy riding position (for a sportsbike) made me want to rip-off into the outback and never come back. Virgin Yamaha British superbike rider, Steve Plater, is out here putting me to shame and he reckons it's the best road bike he's ever ridden. Yamaha rider or not I take that as praise indeed. There will be a full report in the next issue of the magazine out in the UK on Wednesday 25 February.
[/ QUOTE ]
There was never any doubt. <font color="red"> Honda sucks!!!!!!!!!