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    Thinking of buying a 2007 R1

    Hi brains, and tards of PSB, as the title says I'm thinking of buying a 2007 R1. Anything that I need to know specific to the model, are they a decent as far as reliability? No I wouldn't find a naked, super retard, or adventure bike that suits me better, I like super sports.

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    I had a 07 R1 and it was a great bike, never had any problems with it. Traded it at Mandurah City Yamaha, low kay well looked after and all the good bits.
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    The 07-08 in my eyes was the last of the true R1's. From 09 onwards they went to the big bang motor which was stuck into something that can only be considered as a big fat heavy pig.

    With the 07-08 I also believe that they went away from the 20 valve head to a 16 valve head, probably for simplicity, it certainly didn't do it's power figures any harm, as they felt far more pokey than the 04-05-06 model. It was also a fair bit lighter and sharper than the out going model.

    Personally I preferred the 04-06, as they just looked right, were stupidly forgiving, and useable power all the way to the redline. The 07-08 I felt were slightly less forgiving, but again... personal opinion, and it's getting hard to find one that isn't a wreck.

    By now expect an 07-8 to have gone through a regulator/rectifier and/or stator. If you find a bike that hasn't had this done, factor it in as a potential item for attention during your ownership.

    Other than that they are rock solid.
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    Good info Turbo, thanks, it's always best to get info from people who have actually had the bike in question

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    never owned a R1 but have a 07 honda go a pre 08 Blade same characteristics
    and no fancy stuff same same and great value for $$$$
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    Further to t bone's recommendation, any of those mid-noughties bikes are crazy good value. All the performance you need for a fraction of the price of the later stuff and most spares are at bargain prices. To my eyes they also look better than the models which succeeded them: the underseat exhaust 'Blades look great even now, refreshing against the pug nosed '08 and later models, the '09 and later GSXR never looked "good", somehow managing to look bigger/longer/uglier than the '05-'08 models, and the big bang R1's went all "Susan Boyle" in '09: overweight, ugly but with a glorious voice. Kawasaki make some great bikes but it's been a long time since they made a genuine looker, so no change there.

    The 04'-'06 R1 was the prettiest Japanese bike ever made, but it was a tad too tall in the gearing, leaned more towards stability than agility, the rear shock went out to lunch early on and the alternator rotor magnets coming adrift should have been a recall. The '07/8 put most of these issues right, so the rear shock was much improved going to high/low speed damping (so much so it is a cheap popular upgrade for the earlier bikes), and is a tad more agile. Ironically, the earlier iconic 5 valve head was supposedly great for breathing and top end power, yet the change to the 4 valve head in '07 coincided with a more top endy engine albeit with a compromised bottom end.

    If you will, the '04-'06 was the refined "gentleman's express" (still bloody fast), where the '07/8 was the younger slightly more athletic sibling, but not being quite as good looking you had the feeling there were some anger management issues simmering below the surface.
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    Nice summary there slowpoke, particularly liked the Susan Boyle reference, I've never heard her compared to a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowpoke View Post
    If you will, the '04-'06 was the refined "gentleman's express" (still bloody fast), where the '07/8 was the younger slightly more athletic sibling, but not being quite as good looking you had the feeling there were some anger management issues simmering below the surface.
    Nailed it!
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    Loved my 07, i think all previous replies are spot on, apart from 04-06 being the best looking. I think the 07-08s definitely were, slightly less curvy than the 04-06 with a few more straight edges gives it some super nice lines imo!

    My only issue with the bike was the projector head light lenses cracked twice on me replaced (by dealer) This was within the first 1000kms, probably a faulty batch

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    Which model year was it that had bottom end bearing issues?

    Loved the 07/8, best r1 ever made. Early Big bang was just wank factor, sounded like a vfr800 and handled like a badly hyabusa.
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    Some pre big bang models on GT that seem alright for their price.
    04 - https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/padb...on-/1191435819
    08 low k's - https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/elle...-r1/1195593130

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    shit! old blacky hasn't been anywhere.. probably has OEM tyres still... that would be my pick


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillz View Post
    shit! old blacky hasn't been anywhere.. probably has OEM tyres still... that would be my pick

    Not only that, it's even got a fender illuminator.

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    what's the golden rule... better to seek for forgiveness than permission? :'(

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    Best bike I ever had was my '07 R1. Just get one. So reliable.
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