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2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Street Comparo Photo Gallery

Check out how the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle compares against the best 2009 liter-class motorcycles in our 2009 Superbike Smackdown VI.

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2009 Superbike Smackdown horsepower chart courtesy of Mickey Cohen Motorsports.
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2009 Superbike Smackdown torque chart courtesy of Mickey Cohen Motorsports.
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2009 Superbike Smackdown Quarter Mile Times
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The excessive heat that radiates off the Yamaha's pipes makes riding in warm weather not so fun.
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2009 Yamaha YFZ-R1 Street Comparo
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Despite the Yamaha being the heaviest motorcycle in this comparison it didn't feel that far off from the competition.
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2009 Yamaha YFZ-R1 Street Comparo
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Yamaha's new R1 retains signature styling traits like its undertail exhaust and V-shaped front end.
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2009 Yamaha YFZ-R1 Street Comparo
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The 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 makes use of 310mm rotors and a pair of six-piston Sumimoto calipers.
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2009 Yamaha YFZ-R1 Street Comparo
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Perhaps the best thing about the Yamaha YZF-R1's engine is the way it sounds.
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Next to the Ducati 1198, the Yamaha YZF-R1 has the best looking instrument display.
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Another year, another batch of brand-new candy-colored Superbikes. This year Motorcycle USA presents separate track and street evaluations for your liter-class sportbike pleasure.
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$60,000-plus worth of machinery. But which one is right for you? Follow along and let's find out.
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2009 Yamaha YFZ-R1 Street Comparo
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2009 Yamaha YFZ-R1 Street Comparo
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2009 Yamaha YFZ-R1 Street Comparo
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Despite the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 having the large six-piston front brake calipers. Our testers weren't that impressed with them.
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The 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 looks especially handsome in its Pearl White/Rapid Red colors.
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For 2009 Yamaha engineers opened up the rider triangle. While it is more comfortable than the bike it replaces it still isn't quite as cozy as the Honda.