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The R1 turns three ❤️

Today is a very special day in my life, 3 years ago on this day, I was thrilled, proud, overjoyed and anxious at the realization of a dream, end to a pursuit – The R1.

It has been 3 eventful and glorious years with the R1 and honestly it is the cycle of ups and downs which has made this journey of ownership of the motorcycle so memorable.

Key of 2008 Yamaha R1
Ticket to Pleasure ❤️

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Long term ownership and ride review in India

The ogle from the fairer section, to be seen by kids as an idol, to the jealousy of other folks, to that overwhelming responsibility of riding a liter-class monster on our highways, to the constant hunt for premium and better quality of fuel stations on the rides, to those cheap thrills of shifting at 11,000 rpm, to getting the skin of your legs burnt(courtesy riding in the city), to being reminded about the impracticality of owning a super-sport motorcycle in India and to many more such MOMENTS – Cheers!!

2008 Yamaha YZF R1
Special 💙

In spite of everything, I love the R1 – it is these small things which make every outing with the R1 so memorable 😍

Cheers to the 3 wonderful years we have spent and to many more 🥰

Touring India on a 2008 Yamaha YZF R1

15 responses to “The R1 turns three ❤️”

  1. naksha Avatar

    Happy birthday to your toddler bike! Whr’s d party Mr. R1 Owner?

    1. Ajay Ananth Avatar

      Thank you naksha 🙂 very soon 😀

  2. Ubiquitous Avatar

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to both of you! 🙂 Cheers to many more years of togetherness!

    1. Ajay Ananth Avatar

      Thank you Reynah 🙂 Yes many more to go 😀

  3. Suhas Rocky Avatar
    Suhas Rocky

    I wrote a bigger reply in my last one, so a smaller one here…. Cheers mate!! BTW, you aren’t there on FB anymore?!?

    1. Ajay Ananth Avatar

      Thanks Suhas, no I am not on FB

  4. Ram Avatar

    Ajay, I recently imported an R1 and was wondering the best place to get fuel. It is a 2006 50th Anniversary edition and I am in Malleshwaram area. Can you suggest a good petrol pump to get fuel for this bike?


    1. Ajay Ananth Avatar

      As much as possible stick to Speed 97 from BPCL – the nearest fuel station is Bhashyam Circle, Sadashivnagar for Speed 97.
      List of places in Bangalore to tank up Speed 97

      1. Ram Avatar

        Ajay, Thanks for your response. Where exactly near Bhashyam Circle is this pump?

      2. Ajay Ananth Avatar

        Hey, there is only one BPCL bunk in Bhasyan Circle, Sadashivnagar – very significant place hard to miss.

  5. Ram Avatar


    I am back again… another quick question.

    The suspension on my R1 seems to be way too soft for Indian conditions. I end up scraping the road bumps (even the smallest ones).

    How is your setup? Where did you get it done? Have you experienced this problem? It is very irritating to drive (esp. in Bangalore with so many road humps) if everytime it scrapes the bottom.

    Please help.


    1. Ajay Ananth Avatar


      The suspension setup on my R1 is the same as the stock settings. I have never got them adjusted or changed.

      I doubt you play with the loading on the rear suspension – but it does scrape with a pillion – go as slow as possible and try not to approach the road hump at 90 degree or perpendicular.

  6. ganeshvelt Avatar

    yo dude .. hows it going.. long time… 3 years nice… how have u been.. like you said tracks days are addictive.. i got into it and got stuck… almost there in getting my novice licence …what else dude… u r not on fb what happened ..

    1. Ajay Ananth Avatar

      Im good – when you coming to India ?

      Awesome stuff- I know track days are super addictive 🙂

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