Now, I don't want to talk bad about any one particular brand, but this is my friends second yamaha, and both have had major mechanical problems. The first one (2001 R1) was a total lemon. Everything that could go wrong, did. They bought it back. Just a few days ago, he had a major crash as a result of the footpeg falling off his new (2002) R1. I see a trend that'll keep me from EVER riding blue. Unfortunately for him, this was that one rare instance where he went out without his riding jacket. The bike travelled over 270 feet from the skid marks where the tires caught. The bike had already been sliding for a while when the tires caught and shot the bike off the road. Here are some pics: Just a note, some of the injury pics are gross. Be prepared before you scroll down.