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Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

9tro checks out Wiwie’s highly revered red and white R1!

Date Published: 13 Sep 2018
Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

Singapore - Wiwie or Kid as his Malaysian biker friends would call him, believes its every boy’s desire to get a motorcycle licence and ultimately own a bike.

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

Motivated by his brother, Wiwie got his licence to ride way back in 1990 at the tender age of 16 and two years later bought his first bike. From there on out, the avid rider owned a slew of motorcycles like from a Yamaha RD 125 YPVS (1992-1994), a Yamaha TZR250 (1994-1997), followed by a Honda SuperFour Version S (1997-1998), a Honda CBR900RR Fireblade 1998 (1998-2001), then a Yamaha YZF-R1 2001 (2001-2004) and a Yamaha RXZ Catalyzer (2004 – Present), before adding the Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary Edition (2011 – Present) to his collection.

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

In his early days of riding, Wiwie would take his Yamaha RD125/TZM250, and roam around Singapore every weekend. He would explore islandwide routes while having fun with his bike group - Team Monte Carlo’.

“The ups and downs during those days were filled with unforgettable memories”, quipped Wiwie.

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

Bikes aside, it was an opportunity for him make new friends along the way. Wiwie also mingled around with a lot of biker groups and grew attached to the R1ders Singapore regarding them as family.

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

It was around late 2011 that Wiwie started riding across causeway more often, which allowed him to make new friends up north, some of which became his blood-brothers from Malaysian biker groups such as ‘Brotherhood R1’ and ‘WeRone Malaysia’. Together they rode exploring Malaysia and Thailand roads with experiences that were simply awesome and priceless.

Wiwie commented, “you wouldn't get old if you keep on riding, but you will when you stop!”

Wiwie then took a long break from the world of motorcycles before deciding to jump back into action and contemplated on either getting a Suzuki Hayabusa 1300 or another YZF-R1.

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

After consulting a few close friends and recommendations plus advice from fellow biker friends, he decided to get the 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1.

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

He loved the bike’s aerodynamic looks and under-seat exhausts. There won’t many modifications done to the bike other than a few choice bits to dress it up and enhanced its braking performance. For Wiwie, its periodic maintenance that takes utmost priority.

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

In the meantime Wiwie has no desire to offload his Yamaha YZF-R1, though he did express that he would love to add an Adventure Bike to the family along with plans to ride up to Mae Hong Soon and the Golden Triangle in Thailand.

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

Wiwie also said he would also like to give a big shout out to fellow bikers, “Ride Hard, Ride Safe and Be Safe, lastly, a massive thanks to Team 9tro for featuring ‘My Love’ in this shoot-out!”

Yamaha 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1 - Seeing Red & White

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