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The 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Sports Bike Is a Beast That Can’t Be Tamed

Feb 16, 2018 4:00:00 PM / by Cam

Caution: the 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 is Fast

Every brand has a specific strength and weakness in the types of motorcycles they create. While Harley might have someone amazing cruisers and tours, it’s not necessarily the gold medal winner that is a ‘sport bike.’ So we’re going to take some time to give Yamaha the limelight it deserves with its YZF-R1 sports bike. So if you've been looking for a drastic change of pace (literally) and find yourself thinking, "hum, I want to sell my motorcycle now" you can trade it in for a sporks bike like this one; it will blow your helmet right off! 


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A sports bike is called a ‘sports bike’ for a reason; it has a need for speed. Though there are plenty of beautiful sports bikes out there, looks aren’t necessarily the priority. It’s the speed and efficacy that really matters when you get the chance to mount one of these babies. Yamaha tends to be known for its strong selection of sports bikes, and while they've produced some excellent machines, that doesn’t mean all of their bikes are created equal. The one that really seems to excel above its brothers and sisters is the YZF-R1. 

The YZF-R1 was a pretty bold concept when it was first released back in 1998, especially for a sports bike. It became pretty evident through the love people showed it that it would be considered one of the ‘prized’ choices among the sports bike family at Yamaha. We’re going to take a look at 2016 in particular, because it really is a beautiful machine that functions with an ease and agility that would catch many riders by surprise.


What can you expect with the the R1 2016?

For starters, this bike is built for speed. Its design includes a wind tunnel-tested fairing design that really throws it over the edge when it comes to speed abilities. The seat rests at the height of 34-inches tall, which really gives it a more assertive and forward riding position. This is not a bike that’s going to advocate for sitting straight and pretty. Again, it’s built for speed, and the best way to assist in accomplishing that is to ensure a riding position that won’t offer too much wind resistance. But if you’re already familiar with the feel of the ride that comes with a sports bike, then this position shouldn’t take much adjustment to get used to.

This bike is surprisingly all about strength, too, especially in the things that really matter. It rides circles around its competitors when it comes to brakes, suspension, and chassis. It will allow less than confident riders to feel very assertive and in control of the bike. We have to preface this with the further disclaimer that this isn’t a bike that’s necessarily a match for a town commuter option. While we’re sure it will draw some warranted stares, you really want this bike to serve its purpose, which is for speed.

This isn’t the best choice if you’re looking for a bike that you expect to move along in bumper-to-bumper traffic with. Because of its riding position, you’re not going to be comfortable, and it’s going to make the battle that is ‘traffic’ that much less enjoyable. And frankly, if you’re not getting this bike for speed, then we need to sit down, have a little chat, and get your priorities in order.


When it comes to the technology this bike boasts, it kind of seems like magic. It sports a 998 cc, four-cylinder that really helps give this thing all the horsepower you could want. But where the magic really comes in? Its ride-by-wire throttle and six-axis IMU are the foundations upon the endless features that this bike has. It’s equipped with TCS (traction control system) that ensures no loss of traction when you’re kicking it up to speed around corners. It also has SCS (slide control system) that helps with lean angle and speed, which also helps to make turns as easy as possible. 


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When you really consider the detailed list of specs this thing offers, it’s a wonder how this bike is even street legal. But it is, if just barely, which speaks volumes about what this bike is capable of. At the end of the day, this thing is a beast and not for the faint of heart. If you can’t handle the speed, you can just marvel at it from afar. But if you are built for speed, the YZF-R1 might just be for you.


Interested in purchasing this monster? RumbleOn has a beast up for grabs! You can check out the YZF-R1 or the YZF-R3; both are sure to pack a punch. And if neither of these bikes are for you, we have a wide variety of motorcycles for sale online now.

On the other hand, if you do have a YZF-R1 and have found you want to slow down a bit, you can sell motorcycles online with us, and never wonder where to sell my motorcycle again. The YZF-R1 is an aggressive and mean machine, but if you can handle this beats, helmets off to you!


2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Specs

  • Engine Type: 998cc, liquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC; 16 valves 
  • Bore x Stroke: 79.0mm x 50.9mm
  • Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
  • Fuel Delivery: Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
  • Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
  • Transmission: 6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
  • Final Drive: O-ring chain
  • Front Suspension: 43mm KYB® inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel
  • Rear Suspension: KYB® Single shock w/piggyback reservoir, 4-way adjustable; 4.7-in travel
  • Front Brakes: Dual 320mm hydraulic disc; 4-piston caliper, Unified Brake System and ABS
  • Rear Brakes: 220mm disc; Unified Brake System and ABS
  • Front Tires: 120/70ZR17
  • Rear Tires: 190/55ZR17
  • Overall Length: 80.9 in.
  • Overall Width: 27.2 in.
  • Overall Height: 45.3 in.
  • Seat Height: 33.7 in.

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Written by Cam

I'm new to riding, and I'm here to tell everyone about it! Follow my articles on advice for new motorcycle riders and overviews of some of the most popular motorcycles on the road.