Old R1 Gets shiny new bits & pieces

Matt’s been get­ting busy on the in­ter­net late at night

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It’s been an in­ter­est­ing few months with my R1. Now in my fourth year of own­er­ship, my R1 is my toy – my one real in­dul­gence now club rac­ing is a thing of the past, re­placed by nap­pies and nurs­ery runs. Bought as a tidy bike in 2014, I’ve spent the last three years up­grad­ing the R1, while at the same time get­ting the cos­met­ics back to stan­dard. It’s been a plea­sure – big im­prove­ments can be made with the kind of main­te­nance to bear­ings, sus­pen­sion and brakes that of­ten gets ne­glected.

Brembo and Bendix

The stan­dard 298mm discs had al­ways per­formed rea­son­ably well and were in good con­di­tion, but I use my R1 for track­days, and use my brakes hard. As 5JJ discs can warp I de­cided it was time to pen­sion them off to my ev­er­grow­ing cache of de­cent used parts – the R1’s a keeper and my stash may come in handy one day.

I plumped for Brembo Serie Oro re­place­ments. De­spite the fan­cysound­ing name, these are part of Brembo’s Oe-re­place­ment range rather than a full-on rac­ing kit. They’re beau­ti­fully-made and the ro­tors are held on with 10 bob­bins rather than eight, but there is no weight penalty and with their black Cnc-ma­chined cen­tres they mimic OE. At £406 a pair from Bike HPS, they are more ex­pen­sive than EBC al­ter­na­tives, but still cheaper than OE re­place­ments.

I com­bined them with Bendix MRR134 pads. These are sin­tered race pads, but work well from cold. I’d used Bendix pads be­fore, re­ally rated them and at £20 a pair from ebay they were cheaper than Brem­bos. The re­sult is enough power and feel to make a mock­ery of the ‘ra­dial is best’ myth.

Old-school ex­haust mods

I’ve also been play­ing around with ex­hausts. I love pe­riod mods and have been look­ing for a retro ex­haust to re­place the slighty-tired road-le­gal Akra (the baf­fling cre­ates hot-spots which have tar­nished the car­bon). So, when I spot­ted a mint ti­ta­nium Pro­mo­tive pipe on­line I had to have it. In the end, I got it for £100. It was de­signed for a GSX-R750K1, but a cus­tom link pipe should sort that.

At the same time, I spot­ted a Leo Vinci ti­ta­nium can and stain­less link pipe for a 1998 R1. I got that for £70, and while it isn’t mint, it looks the part. A bracket to sep­a­rate the link pipe from the dif­fer­ent-sized bel­ly­pan of the 1998 bike had to be Dremeled off and smoothed, and some fine wet and dry cleaned up the stain­less, but it fits well and sounds re­strained enough not to draw too much at­ten­tion.

The R1 also had one of its most en­joy­able rides at Don­ing­ton on a Clas­sic Bike Track­days event. I’d for­got­ten what a flex­i­ble friend the bike is, driv­ing hard out of ev­ery cor­ner, front wheel float­ing, but never out of con­trol. It was so much fun be­ing out with 80s and 90s su­per­bikes. There’s another event this week­end at Cad­well (check out clas­sicbike­track­days.co.uk).

Want to get your old favourite on track? Visit clas­sicbike­track­days.co.uk YAMAHA R1 IN DE­TAIL Ten bob­bin Brembo Serie Oro discs (right) have re­placed the Yamaha’s orig­i­nals

Matt hud­dles around the R1 for warmth

matt.wildee@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

2000 YAMAHA R1 BOUGHT FOR £2700 VALUE NOW £4000 POWER 134bhp WEIGHT 198kg

WHY I LOVE IT An old R1 is the apex of the ana­logue sports­bike, no fuel in­jec­tion, no bull!

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