We got to test the Yamaha YZF-R1 for few session last weekend and I realise just how good this modified R1 for track day is. Still it’s a 2016 YZF-R1, but I can’t believe it when the R1 electronics kicks in and makes the R1 pretty easy to handle on a Go Kart Track, we only manage to get to 4th gear. Almost in every corner on 2nd gear, only a little pump on the throttle, the rear will slide. And you can feel the Traction Control kicks in! 1st session I was riding in A mode and boy it was fun! Open the throttle get on the Brembo brakes and turned it hard into the first corner and I was zooming and sliding away from the rest. Only thing is I can open full throttle on the bigger Sepang Circuit.
But this is no ego trip, it’s testimony to how good the Yamaha R1 feels, the faster you ride it, the more rewarding the R1 becomes.
Get it into a corner, fire it on its side, feel the track compound Pirellis SuperCorsa dig in and then fire it out on the traction control and it’s gone. In, out and through the corners.
Since the Yamaha R1 has already established itself as one of the best sports bike ever made.
While in stock this R1 doesn’t come with Brembo, but the owner Javier changed it to Brembo GP4RX Calipers, Brembo disc plates, reflashed the ECU, fitted a full system Akrapovic that drop the weight by 10kg, with race fairings fitted too.
The Akrapovic exhaust system is claimed to give it another 10hp, so combined with the weight loss you’re looking at an R1 within the region of 220hp, weighs in at 190 kg wet.
What Javier created is an R1 we rode is essentially 95% a Superstock specification bike for track days even can race in our local Superbike races. It looks every bit a race bike but still can ride on the road.
Thanks to Javier Phua, I finally got to get the first ride on a Yamaha R1 and it’s trackday ready too!