Then we rode it, and much to our delight it felt like the bike we all wanted too. There's nothing quite like riding a motorcycle that, with one update, discernibly advances two-wheeled performance. The R1 is that bike, and it accomplishes that feat in an unusual way. Other bikes have more than 167 hp, weigh less than 450 pounds, and possess equal, if not better, electronic amenities. So how can this bike be so good? This is one way Yamaha has advanced motorcycle technology, by improving the interface and symbiosis of electronic rider aids. In other words not more electronics but better electronics.