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...?