Riding impression.. 05 R1 vs. my 954
My 954 has a full akrapoviac exhaust, flapper mod, k&n, and a PC III with custom map, FWIW.
I just rode a stock 05 R1. Here's my impression vs my 954:
The R1 engine just feels like a slug at all RPM's. The R1 has absolutely no snap to it and absolutely no power below 5 grand. Now before you blow off my opinion as just being biased, keep reading. The R1 is basically a top end machine. It builds power and torque at a smooth linear pace with very predictable power right up to redline. It will not stand up on you in any gear like my 954 will. WOT from a dig in 1st the front tire stays put. I would not win against one from a dig, as my bike can not stay down in 1st and 2nd at even close to wide open. WOT through corners is not a problem with the R1. High speed straight line acceleration is amazing. Where our bikes start to fall off and lose power at high speeds, the R1 continues its predicatble linear power curve and maintains its strong acceleration even on its very top end of the gearing. A downside to this power , though, is the only way to really gauge how fast its accelerating is by watching the speedo, because the bike never "feels" fast.
As far as handling, the bike is a little wider and heavier than the 954, but if you muscle it over, it turns just as hard as the 954. The main problem with the bike is going from one direction to the other. For example going from a hard left turn directly into a hard right turn, the bike is very slow to stand up out of a deep cornering situation. I had to hang off the thing hard to get it to come up and over into the other direction. With the 954, this never happens.
Overall, the bike seems like it would only be advantageous on the autobahn compared to a 954. It was decently confortable, but the way the engine power is setup, its just not for any type of quick turning or acceleration activities. I do have to say, it made me appreciate my 954.