BEST OPENCLASS STREETBIKE

YAMAHA YZF-R1

Cycle World - - North Rim Adventure -

Keep­ing a Ten Best Bikes run go­ing th­ese days with any top-level sport­ing mo­tor­cy­cle is not easy. Yet the Yamaha YZF-R1 makes it to the list for the third time. It has the best com­bi­na­tion of out­right per­for­mance and ride­abil­ity in the liter sport­bike class. It doesn’t hurt that its sublime cross­plane four-cylin­der en­gine makes some of the finest com­bus­tion-based mu­sic the world has ever heard.

About the only thing you might com­plain about is its racy rid­ing po­si­tion. But con­sid­er­ing what this bike gives you in dy­namic ca­pa­bil­ity, you will lean in with a smile ev­ery time you ride on road or track.

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