With the YZF-R1M being the upgraded version of the standard R1 superbike, Yamaha now has the R1S, a street-focused version of the high-performance machine.Retaining the exotic electronics, Yamaha has gone with a few less-expensive materials to save production costs, and retuned the motor to reflect some of those changes.
For instance, the Crossplane Concept inline-4 in the R1S has steel connecting rods (rather than titanium) and different valve springs. Elsewhere, you have aluminum replacing magnesium, and steel substituting for aluminum.Plus, you have higher-wear Bridgestone Hypersport S20 rubber, rather than racing tires. The main change to the power is that there’s a bit less overrev. On the street, you’re not likely to notice any difference in performance.The R1S is nine pounds heavier than the standard R1, so there will be some difference in handling, most notably due to aluminum, rather than magnesium wheels and the different tires.2016 Yamaha YZF-R1S Specs:
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!