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How's it going guys? Looking to learn a bit about the wonderful bike that is the 2015 R1 and MAYBE move up to one.

A bit of background on me. I've been riding street bikes since I was 18 (26 now) and dirt riding for a good bit before that. Current bike is a 2006 Warrior 1700 that I've had since I was 20. Ridden various other bikes as well (other cruisers and 600 sport bikes multiple times).

Well for some reason lately the r1 has caught my eye and peaked my interest. I think partly because I am wanting a lighter more nimble bike than my Warrior, and partly because I think it looks so much better than all the other liter bikes.

Now my problem with wanting something lighter and more nimble is I don't fit comfortably on any 600 I've ridden. I'm 6' 240lbs.

I understand there are naked bikes I'd probably fit great on, but my problem with them is everything you read basically says they are wheelie machines. Which I DONT want.

So I guess my question is if any of you guys are of similar size how well do you fit, and just how wheelie prone is the r1 with all of its electronics? Would the latest R1 give me the comfort and help to control and learn wheelies? Currently they scare me, call me a chicken.

I hate to admit it but where I live it's fairly flat and mostly long sweeping curves. Definitely not anything that would allow me to use the r1 to its full potential (hell I won't even pretend I could). But it's such a great looking bike I want one SOOO bad. Obviously I'm a big boy, and understand completely and can take the advice of having no business being on it if that's the way it is, without getting butt hurt.

Thanks!
 

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You should go to a Yamaha dealer and sit on one.
I am 6"3, 225 pounds. I have an R1M on order.
I was worried the bike was going to be too small for me but after sitting on one at the launch I felt fine.
The height of the bike is great for taller riders. I haven't ridden the bike so I don't know what the positioning will feel like but I know I will adapt.
The one thing I will change are the rear sets, I definitely need just a little more leg room. Easy fix.
I think you will be fine on this bike. You would ride it at your own pace, get to know and understand it and the rider aids can be dialled up until you feel more confident.
Hopefully somebody with similar dimensions to you who has actually ridden the bike can help you more.
Good luck
 

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You should go to a Yamaha dealer and sit on one.
I am 6"3, 225 pounds. I have an R1M on order.
I was worried the bike was going to be too small for me but after sitting on one at the launch I felt fine.
The height of the bike is great for taller riders. I haven't ridden the bike so I don't know what the positioning will feel like but I know I will adapt.
The one thing I will change are the rear sets, I definitely need just a little more leg room. Easy fix.
I think you will be fine on this bike. You would ride it at your own pace, get to know and understand it and the rider aids can be dialled up until you feel more confident.
Hopefully somebody with similar dimensions to you who has actually ridden the bike can help you more.
Good luck
Any chance you know when your R1M is coming in? What information has the dealer been sharing? Just curious, I'm waiting on mine as well.

I'm 5'7" and sat on an R1 last Saturday. Definitely a tall bike for me but seating positioned felt good for track days. I'm still getting mine.....I'll adjust no problem :)
 

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I'm in Australia.
I'm guessing July/August.
I told them I'm in no rush as it gives me more time to come up with the funds. It will also be winter so not fussed.
I'm sure by then a lot more aftermarket equipment will be available and tried and tested.
 

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You should fit fine on the R1. It has a pretty tall seat height. I am 6'3", 230 lbs. and I find the R1 extremely comfortable (at least the 04 version).

On the other hand I think the new R1 got beat with the ugly stick, so you are on your own there... :D
 
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