1998 Yamaha R1

For our 1999 tour, I found myself without a touring bike in my stable after having sold my 1993 Honda ST1100 the previous year. I almost bought a new bike, but finally decided just to press my R1 into service. The first day was bit of a trial, but over time, I adjusted to doing big miles on a sportbike and actually had a great time, at least as long as the weather wasn't too bad. This bike was a revelation when introduced in 1998 and even today can hold its own with current sportbikes. The fit/finish was incredible - the bike was a jewel.

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