The Yamaha YZF-R1 is being heralded as the superbike of the next generation. The usual cadre of hyperbole attached to this motorcycle comes with good reason, too, because the R1 is a bucket-full of awesome and then some. One of the bike’s proudest claims to fame is its advanced technology, something Yamaha developed to ensure that the R1 lives up to its billing as the most technologically advanced production superbike in the market today.

The video here showing the YZF-R1 putting in some laps around Yamaha’s own Sportsland Sugo circuit in Japan shows exactly what the bike is capable of. You probably won’t be able to notice it if you’re just watching the bike navigate around the track, but the way it does highlights a bevy of the bike’s technologies, including Traction Control, Slide Control, Lift Control, Quickshifter, and the Unified Brake System. All these play their roles in ensuring that the rider can control the bike through all his movements without having to worry about spilling into the track.

You can also take a close look at the digital instrument panel to see how fast this bike is going and of course, turn the volume up to hear its full, unbridled power. There’s noting quite like watching a bike reach speeds close to 170 mph and then spew that kind of throaty roar.

The Yamaha YZF-R1 seems to do it effortlessly, adding even more weight to its argument of being one of the best superbikes in the world today.


Source: YouTube - Yamaha

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