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    Only the very old members of the then 'bajajpulsar.com'and now 'xbhp.com' will remember that I had posted some of the very first superbike pics in India ever. It was a blue 2000 R1 and it immediately blew my mind back then in 2002. So now, almost 10 years later in a different nation and with some experience in life, I own a Blue 2001 R1. This was the last iteration with carburetors on it and if you ask me the 1998-2000 R1s look better than some newer sportbikes. The styling will never get old for me and everytime I look at it I feel like I got a lot more than what I paid for.
    I bought the bike used with about 10000 miles on it. It had a twin devil highmount with a blue tinted visor on it. I have removed these and gone back to stock as I prefer a much quieter and negligibly slower bike over something which informs everyone within a 2 mile radius about its presence. The clear visor helps look ahead when tucked in.
    The bike has Michelin Pilot 2CTs on it which I think are very good. They seem to take a lot more punishment and are forgiving to rider stupidities when leaned in mid corner.
    Now lets talk about the power. This baby goes like no one's business. It is the shorter 1st geared litrebike with carbs and no slipper clutch which is a very interesting combination as everytime you open the throttle through the revs in first, it wants to wheelie badly but I havent figured out a way to control wheelies on it so I just tuck in further forward putting all my weight on the handlebars to keep it from coming up. So far I've touched about 146mph on a short back road with 3/2 gears left to go. So far I've done an oil change on it by myself and I plan to install nice stock looking visible indicator lights on it. Some previous owner decided to install integrated tail lamp indicators on it which in my opinion is a joke because you might as well not have indicators at all. I like people around me knowing what my intentions are on the road rather than having a slightly hotter looking tail. Compromising on safety features on a 400lb motorcycle which shares the same road with 18 wheeler trailer trucks which weigh several tons is something which I just do not get. So far its been a great ride.
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    Topic approved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RKOLI1983 View Post
    Only the very old members of the then 'bajajpulsar.com'and now 'xbhp.com' will remember that I had posted some of the very first superbike pics in India ever. It was a blue 2000 R1 and it immediately blew my mind back then in 2002. So now, almost 10 years later in a different nation and with some experience in life, I own a Blue 2001 R1. This was the last iteration with carburetors on it and if you ask me the 1998-2000 R1s look better than some newer sportbikes. The styling will never get old for me and everytime I look at it I feel like I got a lot more than what I paid for.
    I bought the bike used with about 10000 miles on it. It had a twin devil highmount with a blue tinted visor on it. I have removed these and gone back to stock as I prefer a much quieter and negligibly slower bike over something which informs everyone within a 2 mile radius about its presence. The clear visor helps look ahead when tucked in.
    The bike has Michelin Pilot 2CTs on it which I think are very good. They seem to take a lot more punishment and are forgiving to rider stupidities when leaned in mid corner.
    Now lets talk about the power. This baby goes like no one's business. It is the shorter 1st geared litrebike with carbs and no slipper clutch which is a very interesting combination as everytime you open the throttle through the revs in first, it wants to wheelie badly but I havent figured out a way to control wheelies on it so I just tuck in further forward putting all my weight on the handlebars to keep it from coming up. So far I've touched about 146mph on a short back road with 3/2 gears left to go. So far I've done an oil change on it by myself and I plan to install nice stock looking visible indicator lights on it. Some previous owner decided to install integrated tail lamp indicators on it which in my opinion is a joke because you might as well not have indicators at all. I like people around me knowing what my intentions are on the road rather than having a slightly hotter looking tail. Compromising on safety features on a 400lb motorcycle which shares the same road with 18 wheeler trailer trucks which weigh several tons is something which I just do not get. So far its been a great ride.
    Congrats bro for the beauty... That was a nice read especially the BOLD part.
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    Awesome pics, awesome bike, awesome roads, and awesome post! I hope you have many years of fun on this *****
    Who needs more than 70 bhp when you don't need to slow down for the corners?

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    Wow, actually it's been a long time since I saw the old 1s. Really looks fantastic even now, Noone can say it is outdated in looks. You've got the ONE and a wonderful place to ride too. Happy riding and give us more information on this beauty whenver you find time. Anything about your long rides would be much appreciated (ofcourse with lots of pics)
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    +1 to Shelton.The bike doesnt look old in anyway.Felt nice to know that you want your bike in stock format,otherwise,nowadays people make their bikes as much flashy as they can.And,yes,a detailed review of your R1 is highly appreciated.Do update us about your bike whenever you get time.I would like to know more as this is a carburetted version!

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    Behold the legend.
    Awesome acquisition my friend.
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    The first time I rode it was actually bringing it back home from Chicago which is about 200 miles. The first 30 miles of those were in stop and go traffic so I got a serious dose of the supersport riding position and the coolant temp got to about 200 F. But once I got on the interstate highway, it got a lot comfier as the wind was taking some of the weight off my wrists. The engine coolant temp dropped to 158 F which is where I observe the engine to be the most responsive and powerful.
    I already have bought a Valentine V1 for radar/lidar detection. Need to figure out a good way to install it. I am also thinking of either heavier bar end weights or a steering damper to iron out the 4000rpm buzz. Below or above 4000 rpm the handlebar grips do not buzz so much.

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    Nice. First rides are always so much fun.
    Might want to consider gel grips along with the bar ends.
    Driven Gel grips are 10 bucks a pair.
    Yup these bikes arnt meant for stop and go traffic at all.
    Anyway, hit me up if you need any info on where to shop for motorcycle related parts around in the states.
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    Congratulations on the untamed R1..

    Ride safe and have fun
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