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One of my close friends just got rid of his 02 R6 in exchange for an 05 R1. It was beautiful this weekend, so we rode Friday and Saturday. Friday, I took it out the road about a mile, but not a ride of any value. Then Saturday came.

We went to go ride and I told him I was going to take the 1 and he could have the 9. We decided to make a pass out a long-cornered road and then hit the mountain passes which is 2 different mountains with all different turns.

I have two views on it.

The Turns-All I can say is, Damn. I expected the 05 to ride a little nicer than my 03 but this thing is a monster. I've never taken the corners we were taking quite like this before. It does come with a dampner from the factory, which helps out. It wasnt even that it was faster than my 954, but it was smoother and felt better. Given enough time, I could have inched away on the R1. Very smooth, and very smooth power. Which leads me to my next point.

The Power-Taking for granted that I put around 100 miles on his bike that day and it still only had about 450, the power of the R1 is totally different than I expected. At 300 miles, he was told he could take it up to 9k. Nobody had ridden on 1 wheel on it yet, and since he took the liberty of 1-wheelin the 954, I took my turn. 1st gear, turned on the power. Nothing. After feeling the way the bike acted, my first thought was the gearing in the R1 was completely different. The gears are a lot longer than the 9. To bring the front up, you have to give it everything, and just wait. It will bring the front up in the high Rpm's by itself if you just crank on it and ride it out. Just different than what I thought it was going to be as far as power on tap. It does need a pipe, and still has some more break in miles. That will make some difference, but it just doesnt have the down low grunt that I expect from a 1000. Still tho, it is the limited edition R1 in all black and kind of makes you :drool: a little.

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The R1 is a beautiful bike, maybe the best looking litre bike out there. :dthumb:
 

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What a nice friend to let you ride his new 1 that long, especially when it's still in the break in phase.
 

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Well, I've been riding longer than he has and he knows that I've been riding since 9 on dirt. Plus I let him take the 954, which is better to ride for now at least. I cant wait until after the break in and he gets a pipe and maybe some other goodies. Then I'll give another review :dthumb:
 

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Well Roach...the 954's are wheelie monsters!!! I've rode 2 of them and with the gearing and throttle response...they come up at about any speed and any RPM... that's going to be tough to overcome on any other bike.

But I'm with ya... the R1's always have been a good reliable bike... I LOVE the new tails!!! :drool: Probably the best lookin tail on any bike out right now!!! But I wish they'd do something to the front end.... it's good lookin but it is just stale... same look for too many years now... :2cents:

Good review!! TNX!
 

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You might have to specify about having the samt look for too many years. You must feel the same way about GSXR's too then.
 

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Well Roach...the 954's are wheelie monsters!!! I've rode 2 of them and with the gearing and throttle response...they come up at about any speed and any RPM... that's going to be tough to overcome on any other bike.

But I'm with ya... the R1's always have been a good reliable bike... I LOVE the new tails!!! :drool: Probably the best lookin tail on any bike out right now!!! But I wish they'd do something to the front end.... it's good lookin but it is just stale... same look for too many years now... :2cents:

Good review!! TNX!
I have never felt the kind of instant power that my 954 has at any point in the powerband. It wants to jump up all the time.
 

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I haven't ridden the 05 R1 yet. Love the solid black.
I have ridden an 04 with full Akrapovic, PCIII and gearing at speed for many miles.
Its a great bike. I couldn't keep the front wheel on the ground.
It would scare the he!! out of me coming out of a corner and out of no where the front comes up.
I just kept thinking that I was glad the rear wasn't spinning out.
 

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DLITALIEN said:
You might have to specify about having the samt look for too many years. You must feel the same way about GSXR's too then.
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I haven't ridden the 05 R1 yet. Love the solid black.
I have ridden an 04 with full Akrapovic, PCIII and gearing at speed for many miles.
Its a great bike. I couldn't keep the front wheel on the ground.
It would scare the he!! out of me coming out of a corner and out of no where the front comes up.
I just kept thinking that I was glad the rear wasn't spinning out.
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DLITALIEN said:
You might have to specify about having the samt look for too many years. You must feel the same way about GSXR's too then.
Ok...I said front end...let me be more specific... the headlights!! There isn't hardly any change...

Don't get me started on the GSXR's... I hate how they make them all look the same.... this year the 1k looks different but that will change next year....
 

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yup only think nice about the gixxer 1k is the tail section which they copied off kawi. lol you know im all about the green. well i mean i like the pink stuff too but thats a different story and subject
 

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I love my 05 R1!!! I've only had it a few weeks, but it has not disappointed me at all. It's strange...I'm on vacation right now, but can't wait to get back home to rife the R1 again...guess you can't have it all.

Jim
 

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Your just a young wheelie nut! :screwy:
:drool: :twfrox: :twfrox: :twfrox: :drool: :drool:
 

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I love my 05 R1!!! I've only had it a few weeks, but it has not disappointed me at all. It's strange...I'm on vacation right now, but can't wait to get back home to rife the R1 again...guess you can't have it all.

Jim
you are whipped dude u let the wife do that to you :nonod: :yaewn:
 

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Not whipped, just let her tell me what to do...or is that whipped :sob: ? No really, we've had this vacation planned for along time. Santa Barbara was great, San Francisco is turning out even better. Still can't wait to ride my bike again though!!!

Jim
 
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