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2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Track Comparo Photo Gallery

See the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 in action on the racetrack in the 2009 Superbike Track Comparison gallery, then read the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Track Comparo review.

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2009 Superbike Smackdown Track. (From left): Chuck Sorensen, Adam Waheed, Steve Atlas, Michael Earnest, Ken Hutchison.
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Class of '09 (from left): Ducati 1198, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Honda CBR1000RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Yamaha YZF-R1.
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Kinelogix Yamaha Data Chart.
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2009 Yamaha YZF-R1.
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Yamaha's Mike Ulrich helps rider Chuck Sorensen get the Yamaha set up. The R1 proved to be the mystery of the test.
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When it came to the R1's handling, we had mixed views.
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The Yamaha's turn-in was quick and fairly easy.
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The Yamaha's biggest issue was an under-sprung and overly-soft front end that would blow through the stroke and bottom out when pushed hard.
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2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Smackdown Track Test
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Straight-line speed of the new R1 wasn't up to par with the rest of the Inline-Fours.
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Trust us when we say it looks better in person than in photos.
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Getting ready for its big Superpole run. Handling woes held the Yamaha toward the back of the pack.
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'For me the Yamaha R1 is the best looking,' said Waheed. 'And the sound is just awesome!'
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You have to give it to them though; the sound emitted from those twin tail-pipes is amazing!
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Hutchy tests the Yamaha's max-lean abilities.