How To Change Spark Plugs on Yamaha R1 Video

We finally got our how to video “How To Change Spark Plugs” edited and loaded to YouTube. If you need to know how to remove the mid-fairings (since we started with them already removed), watch the “How To Flush Coolant System” video. You will find that video with all the others on our R1 Videos Page here.

So as you will see, we pull all the spark plugs out at the same time. This is because Todd’s R1 is always kept super clean. This is not really the best way to go about it if your bike isn’t immaculate. To be certain that no dirt or particles will fall down into the engine, it’s best to remove and replace each spark plug one by one. And of course, give your sportbike a good wash and let it fully dry before doing the job!

How To Change Spark Plugs on a Yamaha R1


How To Change Brake Pads on Yamaha R1

Finally, after a month or so of trying to get this How To Video production out, we finally got it done to help you change your brake pads on your R1 or similar motorcycle with similar brake system. Sorry for the lighting issues. We didn’t have enough light and no time to re-shoot. If you just got your R1 or if you’ve had it for years, we strongly recommend switching out your brake pads. It’s simple to do it yourself and takes less than ten minutes per side. In this video we show you how to change out your brake pads on one side, so just repeat the exact same procedure on the other side. Tools needed: needle nose pliers (curved work better) and possibly a flat head screw driver. You will need to buy 2 sets of break pads (that’s 4 pads total – 2 for each side). We chose DP brand “Sport HH+” pads (green package) this time around because Todd has run them on his 2004 R1 and they kick ass! I’ve been on them now for about 500+ miles and combined with steel braided brake lines (the next video we’re working on) I couldn’t be happier with them. They have awesome initial bite and stop way better and smoother than OEM brake pads. Now here’s the video so you can “Get Your Fix!”

Question From R1 Insider Answered

As an R1 Insider, you can send in your questions and we will do our best to get you the answers. Sign up to be an R1 Insider and then you can send us your pics, a description of your problem, and your video (if you post it to YouTube and send us a link). We get tons of emails so two things you should know:  1. We can’t always get back to you within the same day (one day, this might change) 2. We can’t answer every question 100%, but we can give you tips, advice, and a general idea of what the fix might be.

No reason I can think of at all not to be an R1 Insider. We won’t blow up your inbox and we will never share your info. Ever. Also, as we grow the R1 Insider club out, we will make it more and more valuable to everyone that signs up. We just need to figure out ways to make it kick ass. One way is your ability to have Q and A with us (R1 Insiders’ questions get bumped up to the top of the list). Here is an actual example.


Hey what’s up Robert. I don’t know if you have this on your list of videos, but is there any way you can do a video on setting suspension? I don’t know if there is a predetermined setting on the front or back or both for different weight categories, but if there is and you know them, that would be super helpful. Shiny side up! – Brandon (R1 Insider)


There is no generic set up for everyone. I would recommend a book, “Sportbike Suspension Tuning” by Andrew Trevitt. Or take it to a suspension guy and have it set up for your riding style. However, every track will have different settings and different road riding will require changes as well. – Todd (R1 Videos)

It’s that easy to “Get Your Fix!”

R1 Videos Crashed

See, it’s not if you’re gonna crash, it’s when! Good thing (or not) it was only the site that crashed and burned this time! Sorry for the inconvenience as the site updates did not care much for the system updates and the whole thing went kaput. Even worse, I have to admit we didn’t even catch it for the past 2 days. Speakin of crashing, we have some pics coming soon of a new friend and fan’s crash so check back for that.

Since we’re on the subject of crashing – here is a safety/riding tip for you before I go:

You should always have on your person (your pocket, backpack, etc) a card or folded piece of paper with the following in case of emergencies:

  1. Put it in your wallet where it can be seen immediately upon opening your wallet – I wrote in big red letters “EMERGENCY”
  2. Also add your Blood Type as this is probably the most important thing if you really bust your ass
  3. That card/paper should include: Your name (so it matches your driver license), Emergency contact name and number
  4. You might also add other emergency contacts – I added my mom, and my girlfriend because my parents are out of town and if it’s serious enough (sorry to be so morbid) then I at least want someone to come to the hospital as soon as possible!
  5. Be sure to include a line that says what meds you take and what allergies to meds (if any) you have
  6. I included my driver license number in case I loose my ID – at least I still have it on this card/paper
  7. I highly recommend you also jot down your License Plate # and your VIN # – just so you will have it in case your bike gets jacked while you are in a store or watchin’ the GP races at Bikini’s or something. It’s good to have handy when you call the cops as fast as you can so they can look out for it.

This is how mine looks: Emergency Card Emergency Card example



Stay visible out there! – Team R1Videos

New Video “How To Flush Coolant System 2004 2005 2006 R1”

For several months we have been battling this finicky little punk of a video. First the sizing then the co/decs and aspect ratio, and on initial upload to YouTube – – an audio malfunction. Finally we are pleased to announced we’ve worked out the kinks, just to help YOU save money and have fun while doing your repairs on your own Yamaha R1.

So please, check us out on Facebook and YouTube and like, comment, and subscribe if you want us to continue shooting these videos for you!

In this video, we show you the best way to flush your coolant system in a 2004 2005 or 2006 R1. Put another way, this is how you service the radiator and change out old or bad fluids and antifreeze. Since we are in Texas, and the R1 already runs hot, we chose to remove the antifreeze and fill ‘er back up with Distilled water and a little helper product called “Water Wetter.” Careful here, as Distilled water and Water Wetter do not have any antifreeze qualities that we know of. However, you can always refer to your owners manuals (or see our Manuals Page here) to refill your R1 with antifreeze.

Here is the video, if you prefer to see only videos without our ramblings, just click on our R1 Videos page here.


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