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post #11 of 59 (permalink) Old 09-08-2008, 03:26 PM
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Not sure about the front end or not


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post #12 of 59 (permalink) Old 09-08-2008, 03:30 PM
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That view makes look like they stole some styling licks from the new Buell. Overall, I have no idea what they were thinking.
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That is truly odd looking. the tail is almost speed-triple esque.
can you say ZX10R circa '05/'06...? snubb'd up though like the '08 WSBK's. yeah, that upper screams buell XB9 firebolt with those 2 projector beams sticking out like that. on the racebikes is that WHOLE headlight area then going to turn into a ram-air feed...? that might be beneficial...? i hated that updated swingarm in '07 and i STILL hate it. the bike's lost a lot of it's elegance and sharpess, but i'm not ready to gouge my eyeballs out just yet. it's gotta whole "heavy-D"... "i'm chunky but funky" look now. sheesh, i only wish they would've updated the wheels. 7 spoke, 10 spoke, 3 spoke. i don't care, just ANYTHING other than 5 spoke already. they've clearly taken some honda styling cues. talk about ironic eh...!?!? LOL

you can tell yamaha's not ready to make the ducati mistake of risking a complete makeover of their flagship. at first glance, there's still no questioning that it's an R1. so then we get what we get. and that's basically a bastardized frankenstein version of the '00 R1 silouette where stuff basically looks grafted on ad-hoc. but of course this is no different than what i stated we got with the '05 remake.

i must say though i am totally geeked over the new engine configuration. BRAVISSIMO yamaha for being the first to homologate YET ANOTHER innovation ahead of the competition (where's a gottdamn handclap emoticon when you need one?). im afraid if i bought that bike though, the first thing i would do is immediately disassemble it. i wouldn't even ride it. LOL yamaha's simply got the trickest shiznit going. it's going to be interesting to see what it dyno's at relative to conventional I4's...? hmmmn, who will be next to go staccato...?

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can you say ZX10R circa '05/'06...? yeah, that upper screams buell XB9 firebolt with those 2 projector beams sticking out like that. i hated that updated swingarm in '07 and i STILL hate it.

i must say though i am totally geeked over the new engine configuration. BRAVISSIMO yamaha for being the first to homologate YET ANOTHER innovation ahead of the competition. im afraid if i bought that bike though, the first thing i would do is immediately disassemble it. i wouldn't even ride it. LOL yamaha's simply got the trickest shiznit going. it's going to be interesting to see what it dyno's at relative to conventional I4's...? who will be next...?

Who will be next ?? It will prolly depend on the dyno sheets. Most likely how the bike makes the power compared to the others. If this config don't make any REAL power difference I cant see the other OEM's doing anything else to one up Yamaha. I will be watching with anticipation to see how this plays out . I too give Yamaha kudos for this big step forward.

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All you need is a low slung exhaust and you can replace the stock cans with luggage tubes. Weird, Yamaha has had the edge in the sexy department for some time, I wonder how functional these changes will be. I welcome the new kid to the block.

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It just doesn't "flow" for me. There's something missing, and it's a shame because I normally love the finished look of the Yammie offering.

The white is clearly the ugly duckling of the group, but the others aren't much better looking. The headlights/upper, eesh.







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If this config don't make any REAL power difference I cant see the other OEM's doing anything else to one up Yamaha.
yeah, i'm afraid it might be too "starwarsy" for the squid populace if it don't put up the numbers come test time.

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The yellow-black one looks far better than the blue. The black bodywork fits better with the blacked out engine-frame-wheels.

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First ugly R1 ever. What were they thinking?
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post #20 of 59 (permalink) Old 09-09-2008, 07:50 PM
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ironic that the first ugly R1 may be the first one i buy. LOL bmw so missed the boat on the gp engine config. anybody notice with the way they shortened the belly pan on this version, it's like they are anticipating people junking the undertail pipes for a gp pipe this go 'round...

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