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2009 Yamaha R1 Preview

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Would this be a good first bike? I was going to get the R6 but my friends all tell me that I will out grow it.
Sure would. Better get some nice shorts and a tanktop 'cuz that'll help ya cut the wind better. Pants only cause wind drag.
 

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Don't forget protective gear! A Do-Rag or backwards ballcap and Oakley's are a definite must!
 

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When will the engineers put some torque in these sportbikes ? If I wanted to dance on the shifter all day I'd buy a 600 . 160HP isn't much good on the streets I ride .
They HAVE put torque in sportbikes. They're called V-twins. Or Triumph triples.
 

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When will the engineers put some torque in these sportbikes ? If I wanted to dance on the shifter all day I'd buy a 600 . 160HP isn't much good on the streets I ride .
Torque, schmork! Didn't you look at the pictures? They put the swoopy thing on the front fairing so it looks like < That's the important thing. Besides, if you want torque, you go buy a motard or naked standard, not a sportbike.
 

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So Kevin, when did you steal Tor away from the "other American" web rag? I love Raptors and Rockets! The guy is really on his game. I've been following his site for 6 years or so and he's usually pretty close on his predictions. Will he be a regular, now?
 

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As long as it's faster than that gutless POS GSXR1000 and cheaper than a 1098 I'm there dude....I've got the mad skillz needed for the best and I can pay cash with the whole trust fund deal...I WANT ONE NOW DUDE !!!!!!!!!
 

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So Kevin, when did you steal Tor away from the "other American" web rag? I love Raptors and Rockets! The guy is really on his game. I've been following his site for 6 years or so and he's usually pretty close on his predictions. Will he be a regular, now?
Yep, we've signed up Tor to provide regular content to MO! For the record, almost all the text in this article came from my brain, but once we saw these images we had to show 'em to ya.
 

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I'm glad they are going with the buell style exhausts these days. THey really do make a difference in lowering the center of gravity and an added plus is that they dont cook your ass. My 06 R1 got TOASTY
 
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