First introduced in 1998 by the Yamaha Motor Corporation, their flagship 1000cc sportsbike re-wrote the rule book for performance. When first introduced, Yamaha's competition were left stuttering with a bike that weighed only 177kg with over 130rwhp (Yamaha claimed 150rwhp). The only drawback at the time was the questionable handling with the lack of steering damper.
The 998cc, 4cyl, 20 valve engine has been redesigned for the 2007 model and now runs a 16 valve head.
The R1 continues today with the latest model (2007) back up to 177kg dry, but power up to 152rwhp (Dyno'd with only 300km on the clock)
Yamaha YZF R1, Smoking (the rear tyre) is good for your health.