From a personal standpoint the 09-present Yamaha YZFR1 is the bike to own if you’re in the market for a new super sportbike in the liter class. Riders today fall into many different classes though many are attracted to the same class of bike. There’s the cruisers- the riders that want a bike with an insane amount of power and potential, but don’t intend to really use it, or they can’t use it. This doesn’t bother them for they are more satisfied with simply having the ride. There’s the Street Dwellers – the riders that buy that bike with power and potential, and without any advanced knowledge of riding, try take the bike to the max any chance they can get. Usually the Dwellers have a hard time keeping their hobbies alive, due to insurance, medical bills and law enforcement. Then there’s the Track Riders. These people have taken extra time to get themselves out to the racetrack and start learning the real potential of the super sport bike. Though the R1 has clearly been designed for the track, it has something to give to all three of the classes.
While we understand due to the economy that the manufacturers have been struggling to balance the books, there is certainly a tipping point for the profit the manufacturers want to make and a price that the consumer is willing to pay… and Yamaha is cutting close to the line with this one. That is why buying the “right” used bike is the smart purchase to make.