As “protective” as a modern car, the R1 excels in safety.
The strong frame, whose side-members are capped by the front bumper, is the first element in the vehicle’s passive safety system: the impact of a head-on crash would be absorbed by its sturdy, non-deformable structure.
The protective steel cage of the cab, with the pillars further reinforced by a cross-member, adds up to a veritable survival cell.
In terms of active safety, the superior ease of handling of the R1 plays a fundamental role, and so does the choice of disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear, which can be mated to the ABS.
Additional safety features include: ideal driving position, unhampered visibility with no blind corners, a huge glass area, big wing mirrors.