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Old 09-11-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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2009 r1

did anyone have that as their first bike? what did you think of it?
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:26 PM   #2
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i had a 99 r1 as my first bike, i loved it! but you must respect the bike and be responsible if your going to start off with a bigger bike, if you dont think u can then i definitely suggest starting small. r1's in general are an amazing machine all around. there are a few years that need to be tuned to be a smooth power band but other than that there great. hope that helps
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I started on an '07 R1. I LOVED it. Great for street riding and I like to think that I was as level headed as a 19 year old can be with his first motorcycle, as the reason for never having an accident with it.

Unfortunately I sold it, and have since moved on but I would have kept it had I done it different.

I hope that helps. Great bike, the '07s had some problems with throttle lag at 3500RPM but they have since fixed that.
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:08 PM   #4
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i took my friends 08 R1 and it was a motherfocking monster!! i was seating on 2 gear all the way up to 3rd doing 140+
that thing is scary and toooooooo much power!
just like camaro said....RESPECT THE BIKE
i was thinking about getting the 09+ R1 for my next bike just because i dont need to be changing gear and freeway riding would be better then my R6.... still thinking about it or i'll be going to the new cbr 1000rr.
over all great bikes its all about how it feels for you and your riding

TONY1K can wheelie the out of his 09 R1. always fun to see his doing freeway wheelis...(crazy focker) LOL
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:41 PM   #5
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Nice bike, the only issue I had was I did not care for the throttle........but something I read the other day, after a little while you might wonder why you payed more than the guy with the ZX10. The R1 is 50 pounds heavier and has a 15 LESS HP. IMHO, that is pretty accurate since they handle about the same, R1 has a better mid-range but the ZX10 will eat it up above 8K.
And I've always felt you should get what YOU want, sit or ride on all of them and then make up your mind.
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thanks for the advice guys
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A couple months ago, some guy got a R1 as his first bike for "stunting." I think he ended up in the hospital and his bike was pretty beat up.
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did anyone have that as their first bike? what did you think of it?
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New rider on an R1?......
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Perfect starter bike.

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Old 09-12-2010, 02:31 PM   #9
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LOL..not at the dude crashing, the dudes asking if an R1 is a good starter...
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i rode cyrick21's r1 and had to get a bigbike after that,, but ended up buying a 600 which was the second sport bike i've ever owned(first was a ninja250),,,,,,,,, if you have good throttle control and know how the bike will react under certain input then get a liter bike --- if not then learn it on a smaller bike - thats just me though
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I believe the key to getting a powerful bike as a first bike is simply respecting the power. Don't ride like a douche or get ham handed with the throttle. I have over 10,000 miles on my bike and have yet to really open it up all the way, and it is my first machine.
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i took my friends 08 R1 and it was a motherfocking monster!! i was seating on 2 gear all the way up to 3rd doing 140+
that thing is scary and toooooooo much power!
just like camaro said....RESPECT THE BIKE
i was thinking about getting the 09+ R1 for my next bike just because i dont need to be changing gear and freeway riding would be better then my R6.... still thinking about it or i'll be going to the new cbr 1000rr.
over all great bikes its all about how it feels for you and your riding

TONY1K can wheelie the out of his 09 R1. always fun to see his doing freeway wheelis...(crazy focker) LOL
They do wheelie good. The power is nice, smooth, and predictable, but I don't know about it being a good first bike. I'd start out with a 6.
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I HAVE THE 09 R1 ITS THE FIRST BIKE I OWN. BUT I LEARNED ON A '00 R1 ANYWAY. THE BIKE IS AMAZING! I LOVE AND WOULD GIVE UP MY TRUCK BEFORE MY BIKE. SMOOTH RIDE, AMAZING POWER BAND (ESPEACIALLY IN TURNS), AND SOUNDS EVEN MORE AMAZING. I HAVE THE YOSHI TRC'S AND THEY GET THE BEST PERFORMANCE OUT OF THE BIKE BETWEEN THE OTHERS. BUT I THINK YOU'LL LOVE IT. IF ITS YOUR FIRST BIKE EVER THO, I MUST WARN YOU. IT WILL GET AWAY FROM YOU. DON'T EVER PUT IT IN MAP MODE "A" UNTIL YOU GET COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT ON THIS BIKE. EVEN THEN, RIDE A LITTLE LONGER.
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I HAVE THE 09 R1 ITS THE FIRST BIKE I OWN. BUT I LEARNED ON A '00 R1 ANYWAY. THE BIKE IS AMAZING! I LOVE AND WOULD GIVE UP MY TRUCK BEFORE MY BIKE. SMOOTH RIDE, AMAZING POWER BAND (ESPEACIALLY IN TURNS), AND SOUNDS EVEN MORE AMAZING. I HAVE THE YOSHI TRC'S AND THEY GET THE BEST PERFORMANCE OUT OF THE BIKE BETWEEN THE OTHERS. BUT I THINK YOU'LL LOVE IT. IF ITS YOUR FIRST BIKE EVER THO, I MUST WARN YOU. IT WILL GET AWAY FROM YOU. DON'T EVER PUT IT IN MAP MODE "A" UNTIL YOU GET COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT ON THIS BIKE. EVEN THEN, RIDE A LITTLE LONGER.
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I learned on an 01 r1. then last year upgraded to the 09. its sick, and stupid fast. I love it personally. I wouldnt trade it for any other bike in the world. I wouldnt recommend it as your first bike, but then again, ive been known to do the exact opposite of what everyone tells me to do just to spite em. everybody told me to not get the 01 as my first, and i never had a problem. so i say, if you can afford the 09, by all means, get it, then holler at me and we will go ride. for some reason though, i get alot of people hating on me for riding the 09. people dont seem to like it. must be why i love it so much!
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:50 PM   #18
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Yeah 09 r1 is the best i love my bike. A mode is sick like stupid sick
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Yamaha is the nest bike company. Yamaha introduces 2009 R1 with cross plane firing order. Yamaha may reduce the bore of its new engine to somewhere close to its CBR and ZX-10R rivals’ 76.0mm.
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It depends on the rider. I've known people that get liter bikes as there first bike and are fine, and I've seen people let it get away from them. Better safe than sorry. Have you ever ridden a 600, they are still ridiculously fast. A liter bike is fast on a whole other level of fast. It can actually make you a bit dizzy it accelerates so fast. The two basic problems this causes for beginner street riding are as follows. First, it's gets a little tricky gauging when to react (change lanes, brake for traffic) because you get going so fast so quickly it can catch you off guard, you panic, you take a dirt nap. You may not react fast enough because you don't even realize how fast you are going because you have never experienced acceleration on the insane level that a liter bike offers. The second and more obvious is slow to medium speed cornering. You will be in first or second gear which is REALLY twitchy on a liter bike. You run a really high risk of breaking the rear end loose which for a beginner means you are going down. There obviously are other things that can go wrong but it seems these are the two that catch out most beginners. Now either of these can happen on a smaller bike but the liters are less forgiving. Besides, slower doesn't mean less fun. Sometimes slower bikes are actually more fun because you get to shift a little more and wring the throttle a little further. On a liter bike on the street you don't get to shift much and you probably won't even be twisting the throttle more than halfway starting out.
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