Hayes Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike Review — Motorcycle USA

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Hayes Yamaha YZF-R1 Review

Back in the day. Old When men were men.

Editor Atlas puts Yamaha YZF-R1 American to the test.

Rolling Art

One look at  Superbike and any Petrolhead will fall in love. A simple at that deep blue-bathed covering a host of too-trick-for-mere-mortals the lot lathered in carbon fiber and and it’s utterly impossible for jaw not to drop to the floor from staring. It’s the prettiest I’ve ridden this no question.

Beyond the beauty, let’s have a look at is responsible for propelling it around the to seven American Superbike wins season.

As per DMG’s new American rules, much of the internal parts must remain These include the pistons, crank, transmission and clutch One would think with so standard equipment internally, the of power possible from the wouldn’t be much more stock. One would be wrong,

While not willing to divulge numbers, they did hint close to 200 horsepower at the crank on engine dyno. So where this added power from? Yamaha’s YEC kit parts to the team’s handiwork.


It’s all in the details, they

YEC kit cams, generator and variable intakes are used in the engine, Yamaha U.S. modifies the head in house and it is one of the biggest to the added oomph. This is by an Akrapovic exhaust designed for the Yamaha R1 SBK in conjunction with the The final piece in the power comes from Magneti electronics – ECU, fuel dash – which are designed for the Yamaha squad and their

Included in the Marelli system is data acquisition, though goes to tuning the chassis as much as the engine.

And, like the engine, of the chassis now must remain per the rules as well. This the frame and fork externals. The must start stock but can gusseting or bracing added, the Yamaha boys stick a totally OE unit. For the fork run Ohlins TTX internals, while the is an Ohlins TTX unit throughout. Motorsports provides adjustable clamps, different shock handlebars, rearsets and case

As for other trick bits, the aluminum fuel tank from Gmeiner Racing and brakes are all top-spec Brembo while lightweight 17-inch (as per the wheels come from and are shod with Dunlop’s latest slick tires.

Throw on Sharkskinz bodywork covered in a coat of paint from MC Pro and, more or less, got yourself a factory Yamaha Superbike. Add some No. 4s and a couple stickers and now it’s Josh daily driver, sitting and while emitting a soothing in Spring Mountain Motorsports paddock, waiting for I to descend the red upon thee.

Time to ‘n’ roll!

Art at Speed

The harder you it the better it performs.

Read any review and there’s a good a statement of this context is art of it. And I’m sure this is true of all of bikes – a racing machine’s purpose is such, after all – has it been as apparent to yours as with Hayes’ factory At anything less than really hard, the R1 plain your ….

But gather the to really push the beautiful girl toward its limit and she to life like a stripper just seen a fat roll of And it’s every bit as exciting as you may Exciting like taking a with a toaster, that is…

of this comes down to preference to run extremely stiff – I’m talking high school stiff! As the crew puts it, runs it stiff to know going on under him, to know the limit.” I thought big boy Yates ran a rigid set-up on his Suzuki, which I rode a few back; that was until I aboard the No. 4 machine.

I would be surprised if the suspension moved at all during my warm-up as I got acclimated with the Superbike. At speeds the bike kicked my I was knackered after only a of laps; wrists pumped up, numb, knees locked.

It was to summon the racer within, it was going to be a very long and day.

Watching a recent of the last round of the American Series at New Jersey Motorsports I caught wind from the that double-race-winner Hayes running any traction control. As I was due to the bike in a week’s time, piqued my interest. But as sometimes have been known to a tad, I was skeptical.

Especially in day and age, where every I’ve recently ridden has had it in form or another. As it turns for once the TV folk weren’t And the plan was for me to ride the bike as it rolled off the track from season-ending double-win. In fact, if I wanted to switch it on I couldn’t, as the doesn’t exist on the No.

4 Yamaha. for some good ol’ right-hand-TC to this nearly 200-horsepower at bay. Nervous? Never…

R1 surprised with its stiff and rigid chassis, though acclimated things came focus.

Due to my complete trust in the reflexes and sheer talent I am with, I hopped right on and the bike the beans exiting the Yeah, right… To keep limb and that wondrous paint intact, easing up to was the name of the game. But as I said going at an “easy” pace on bike is quite tiring.

And while I wasn’t about to the right grip immediately, no caution was needed with the

When you are put on a stripped down like this you get back to the core of road racing is all the noises, the vibration, the feel. oh, the feel . While I had assumed the Inline-Four crossplane engine garner most of my attention off the bat, it was actually the Yamaha’s and resulting mid-corner ability was the most eye-opening.

Begging to be further and further, corner building, the feedback and ability to the big-bore blue bike the center of the turn was downright Compared to the street version as if layers of filtering have stripped away. Think versus triple-shot espresso.

finding myself pulling my in as tight as possible and even up my elbows to miss the curbing in never in my life have I a production-based literbike of any caliber corners with such and pace. And ease, for that Only complaint?

The footpegs too cramped for my … right Thus, we lowered them and out I went,

But something strange as a result. The R1 wouldn’t change like it had previously, wanting to run mid-corner and all the way out though to the exit. I’m not a small change, either. I’m a massive change – it felt a totally different bike. have I ridden a machine so to such a small differences.

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out Hayes and crew spent a deal of time this with such things not surprisingly, know what are doing. Back went the

While the engine impressed, the star was the motorcycle’s ability to loads of corner speed ease and inspire loads of in the process.

While getting to the chassis helped increase my to a point, somewhere in the mid-1:43 the real speed would from picking up the throttle and being harder on the brakes. is what Superbikes are all about: get in turn quickly, get back on the gas as as possible. Needless to say, Traction Control, this a few laps to get used to.

And though it may taken me half the day to truly the lengths of the right grip, I did it became apparent just why doesn’t run TC. There’s no need. on/off throttle response with the torque of the crossplane engine makes for one of the smoothest and to use power deliveries of any big-hp I’ve thrown a leg over.

with TC on some of the other I’ve ridden, the Suzukis I still found the Yamaha to ride. In fact, it may be the easiest I’ve ever twisted from stop to stop on.

A byproduct of such bottom end can be a lack of top-end power and over-rev. Not with this It really is a belter engine; low down, savage up top and musical Get the blue … above rpm and she comes to life like an rabid dog, shiftlights from green to red fast to spin your eyes

How Hayes uses them I’m not – they did me little to no good, learning to paw for the next cog on the quick-shifter the second I saw the first of the green Anything later and I was having a affair with the limiter.

Once the grey matter my ears had digested just how it is to exploit the traction and power this R1 something wonderful The lap times began to drop – I was easily into the 1:42s, Next order of business: the immense braking potential of the monoblocs.

Like his chassis, prefers his brakes single-minded and No initial squish or progressively pads here; just braking power – right right now – at the slightest touch of the Keep pulling the lever and bite harder, slamming the forward, taking a good bit of upper-body strength to not go flying the screen.

Starting to get the drift – Hayes likes it STIFF.

No of power and Hayes’ preference to not run much wheelie control made quite easy exiting about any corner.

The binders follow in the footsteps of the rest of the in regards that you get back what you put in. The harder one pushes and the into the suspension … one the more feel and feedback the provides. Due to limited hard-braking at SMMP there were a couple places to really the brakes potential, but they are to say the least.

On the other hand, easy with them and not at they lack feedback and do more than make the jerky and awkward. Thus, was no other option – hard on the wherever possible.

The final two of the day cemented things in perspective. For the outing I took it easy, on photos, as I had a few good runs my belt and the aim was to not bring it home in a Problem was, at a leisurely the bike once again me how brutal it was – arms pumped up, hands numb and I was quickly

Thus, for my final “photo” it was time to grab it by the scruff and it everything I had – and then some – my times by over two seconds a lap a 1:40.3; 1:39s easily in sight). twice as many laps as the session took half the – arms loose and no hand here. Everything was spot on. Not to how many opportunities does one get to push a factory Superbike its limit for a full day?

I about to let a single lap slip that’s for damn sure. And I could tell the team was a bit that she would come in one piece, it reaffirmed what Yamaha YZF-R1 is all about: or no-tenths.

No TC or overly-complicated electronics – just an astonishing reach of ability; the relentless neck-snapping the deep and glorious exhaust and the almost spookily rigid, yet communicative chassis. This really is a proper Old School at its finest. And I enjoyed every adrenaline-filled second of it…  I want on for Christmas, please!

to Yamaha – Please build a version of exactly this with lights and mirrors! no question you’ll have a Though you may want to soften the a tad…)

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