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2009 Yamaha R1 First Look

Monday, September 8, 2008
Hot on the heels of their very successful redesigned R6 from last year  the much anticipated Yamaha YZF-R1 is all new from top to bottom and it has MotoGP written all over it.
MotoGP for the masses? With the release of the all-new 2009 YZF-R1, Yamaha is taking things one step closer.
Yamaha has come out swinging once again for 2009. Hot on the heels of their very successful redesigned R6 from last year, the much anticipated Yamaha YZF-R1 is all new from top to bottom and it has MotoGP written all over it. Squint a little bit and it even looks like Valentino Rossi's M1.

The Yamaha PR men have dubbed the radical R1 the "ultimate cornering machine," which was one of the key areas that they set out to improve over the previous generation. Their idea for the new bike centers around quick turn-in and aggressive acceleration on corner exit. And they did this by utilizing technology derived straight from their GP development.

Like their world championship-leading M1, its littler brother has "mass centralization" on the brain, which the entire motorcycle has been laid out around. An all-new frame now features a cast head pipe and front engine mount while the outside rails are now controlled-fill die-cast, allowing for a much more precisely made unit. The inside rails are extruded and the entire chassis rigidity has been revised for optimum handling. This is mated to a new swingarm that features revised rigidity balance aimed at further improving corner-exit grip.

Taking cues from its younger sibling, the R6, the R-Uno now has a cast magnesium subframe that is ultra light and reduces weight at the the outer edges of the motorcycle to centralize mass.

Suspension was another area they set out to improve. A fully adjustable SOQI fork now utilizes separate damping channels, with the right fork leg in control of rebound and the left leg in control of compression. This M1-inspired system allows for more precise tuning as the oil in each leg only has a single dedicated task. Out back is an updated SOQI shock that is adjustable for both high- and low-speed compression as well as rebound. Preload is now handled via a hydraulic adjuster so you won't even break a sweat when making major spring adjustments.

Keeping with the adjustability theme, Yamaha made the rearsets adjustable in two positions, with the standard, lower position aimed at taller riders looking for a more "open" ergonomics. The high position raises the pegs 15mm up while setting them 3mm further back, designed to provide additional ground clearance for more aggressive riding.

Braking is handled by 310mm dual front disks that are gripped with six-piston calipers and is feed by a Brembo radial-mount master cylinder. The clutch master cylinder is also radial-mount and made by Brembo. Five-spoke aluminum wheels shod with Dunlop rubber round out the equation.
Like their world championship-leading M1  its littler brother has  mass centralization  on the brain  which the entire motorcycle has been laid out around.
The 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 features MotoGP tech like a crossplane crankshaft. The new literbike from Yamaha also makes use of a three-position power mode switch - similar to the A, B, C setup on the Suzuki GSX-R lineup.

Ram-air integrated headlight housings are a first for the sport bike world. The lights no longer have clear covers over the front, instead exposing the dual projector beams, on the outside of which are the ram-air intakes. They are almost hidden to the untrained eye, as it looks like a tradition headlight, but upon closer inspection you can see the scoops which go from the outside of the lights and wrap around back to the airbox. This is complimented by a layered bodywork design which optimizes aerodynamic efficiency as well as pulling the hot air away from the engine and dispersing it out either side, keeping the bike running much cooler. Quite unique, but the R1 has always been known as a trend setter.

All that being said, we saved the big news for last: The engine! Entirely new, the 998cc inline-four has an even shorter stroke (1.4mm less than the previous model) with a compression ratio of 12.7:1. The entire engine is more compact with a much smaller fore/aft design to better balance the weight in the chassis. Forged aluminum pistons now mate to "fracture-split" connecting rods that are cast as a complete piece and then split in two to make for perfect tolerances.

Mikuni fuel injectors feed the engine through 12-hole sprayers with the aid of secondary injectors for better high-rpm running. YCC-T chip controlled throttle and YCC-I chip controlled intake are still a key part of the R1 design, with the variable intake now opening up at 9400 rpm. Furthermore, a three-position switch on the right handlebar allows for the choice of different throttle settings - one for standard full-power mode; "A" mode that "puts more emphasis on low-mid range" and "B" mode that lessens throttle response for riding in adverse conditions or by less experienced riders.

Pulled straight from the MotoGP machine, and for the first time in a production motorcycle, Yamaha has fitted the R1 with a crossplane crankshaft. This design is not the "big bang" most had thought it was. This design puts each crank journal 90 degrees apart and on two different planes, verses the standard design that puts them on one plane. This makes for an uneven firing order that is said to make for a much more linear connection between the throttle and driving force. It also is said to improve torque while sill maintaining high rpm power.

Rounding out the beast is a new dash that is highlighted with a programmable shift light and a gear position indicator, which Yamaha says was highly requested from consumers. Colors are the traditional Yamaha Racing Blue, as well as Raven Black with red accents and yellow and black. Plus, in a throw back to the original 1998 R1, the iconic white and red is back, and it looks hot! Retail price is $12,390 for the blue and $12,490 for the rest, and they will be hitting dealer floors mid-January.

It's also worth pointing out that the R1's litter brother, the R6 gets two new colors (Vivid Orange and Pearl White) for '09 to go with the Yamaha Racing Blue and Raven Black from last year. It also has updated YCC-T throttle settings designed to improve corner-exit drive while only losing a slight bit of top-end power. Retail price is $9990 for the black, $10,090 for the blue and $10,190 for the orange and white, and they are rolling into dealers now.
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Rijan from nepal -babaal  November 25, 2010 02:44 AM
silent voice -Cross Plane?  August 27, 2010 12:34 AM
Would anyone know if the crackshaft, rods and pistons of the Yamaha R1... are dynamically balanced?
tae -0000000000000  May 26, 2010 10:41 PM
YAMAHA YZF - R1 2009
H MOHIDEEN -SUGGATION  December 11, 2009 04:58 AM




speedforhire -2009 Smackdown.....from your site!  November 9, 2009 12:15 PM
So there you have it. Another year passes and the Honda CBR1000RR remains on top as the champ in the street portion of this year’s Superbike Smackdown VI. Although Ducati, Suzuki and Yamaha stepped up with updated machinery, which all of our testers thoroughly appreciated, they didn’t deliver motorcycles with the total package. They didn’t present a bike that excelled at the fundamental basics of an entertaining motorcycle ride: Power, control and ease-of-use. These are the basic attributes Honda has in spades. Sure it doesn’t look the coolest and doesn’t the coolest sound, but it just plain works - everywhere. And that’s why for the second consecutive year Honda’s CBR1000RR is the best street bike money can buy.
romie -Yamaha dominate all big motoracing series, u bet! 2009  October 9, 2009 11:12 AM
if you are watching motor sports u will see and experience which of the best. To start with In AMA superbike 1000cc yamaha is 2nd, WorldSuper sports 600cc Yamaha is openly predicted Champion check the statistic of the race. Bristish SuperBike Yamaha 600cc series they're champion. What else MotoGP, either valentino rossi or jorge lorenzo and whoelse ah ben spies in WSBK with 2 races remaining we will find out who's the champion. So what would you say?
D-mode -R1  August 30, 2009 06:59 AM
i like my new yamaha R1 2009.. the handling is excellent! the bike is awesome! 200++kph..??? you wont even feel it!! i love this bike
rui -yu  June 26, 2009 07:25 AM
beutiful bike
Troy -Tail End  May 15, 2009 08:30 AM
I am a big fan of both yamaha and suzuki in the 1000 class. Both have tremendous power and are amazing bikes, and both are sleek as hell but the R1's tail end with the exhaust the way it is, is way to bulky, even if you get a tail eliminator kit, its still huge, I get it for the aerodynamics aspect of the bike but I think the GSX-R 1000 after you put on aftermarket exhaust from dual exhaust to single exhaust looks way cleaner than the R1.
Kidquick008 -2009 R1  May 5, 2009 05:42 PM
Just brought a week ago.... A-Mode; nothing to be played WITH!!! Put 150 miles on her DAY 1.. if it just stop raining so i can complete my 600 break in mark.. ALL NEW RIDERS GET A HONDA YOU'LL BE SAFER TRUST ME!!!!
Ashish -milage  March 27, 2009 09:42 AM
how many kilometeres for 1 ltr. of fuel????????
Adam -Sweet Bike  March 23, 2009 07:27 PM
I purchased my '09 R1 in the middle of Feb. and now have the engine broke in and let me tell you, this is a great bike. The D-Modes are a great item to have standard is great for a nice normal ride, or when you need that really quick step, flip it over to A-Mode and the thing will FLY!!! Just recently while out riding, I took off at a stop light and before I knew it, I was at 93mph...still in first gear @ 13,000 rpms....still had another 750 before the red line. It has really good mid-range power also.
Taj -Pice of yamaha R1  March 10, 2009 12:18 PM
i liek new yamaha 2009R1.can u let me know whats the price of new YZF-R1 in indian rupess.Thx
manny r1 -me again !!!!!!!!!!!  March 4, 2009 12:31 PM
ima get the new yamaha r1 2009 who ever wants some raise up and tell me wats up!!!!!!!
manny r1 -the yamaha yzf is the shiiiiiiiznit  March 4, 2009 12:26 PM
i dont know about you haterz but the r1 wont smoke ur bike it... will kill it!!!!!!!!!!!!i be pulling weelizin front of cops and even they know not to mess withme
AGIBBS -WHAT!?  March 3, 2009 04:03 PM
Robert -the web site  February 26, 2009 10:59 AM
Robert -Don't know what this dude is talking about. HAHA  February 26, 2009 10:57 AM
To the Jay k8 gixxer 1k - gixxer king, you Sir are what we call an IDIOT, I don't know where you are getting your info from, I would say the dealer web site, but the new GSXR's went down the drain, they are the heaviest, slowest, and weakest of all the Japanese bike so you might check this site out. And not a big Yamaha fan but the new on is looking and sounding good from the reviews, except the huge exhaust
MoDee -Yahama's in general  February 4, 2009 03:40 PM
Number of championships for Yamaha R1 and M1??? SCOREBOARD!
Jon -Honda  January 30, 2009 09:20 PM
Be real fellas...it's all about build quality and balance; and none come close to Big Red!
Jay k8 gixxer 1k -gixxer king  January 11, 2009 02:39 AM
Yo fellas! u all must understand is that the Gixxer is King..simply obliterates the competition ...check out the statistics yeah...nuff said!
Ducdoger -zx 10  January 6, 2009 09:44 PM
The R1 has been a great bike for years and with the much needed tourqe I think this should be pretty awsome... and speeking of kawi.. Call me back when they can make a bike that can compete around the track profesionaly. . Quite frankly Kawi makes EVERYONE else on the track look good.. There engine is the strongest but there chasis has sucked so bad for so long they can hardly keep anyone in the top 6 in either the 600 or 1000 or GP racing... or top ten for that matter...
exit90a -R-1  January 3, 2009 01:51 AM
Jasmine said it makes her wet so that is enough for me!!!^^^^^
TREV -R1 Rulz the track  December 28, 2008 08:30 AM
ZX10 better than the R1...???...you must be kidding...not even going to waste my time commenting on that statement... R1 is sooo good that looking back 10yrs the R1 still looks the same,just getting better and betterm it was so good from the start that everyone else has been playing catch up since...especially Kakasaki...what they on the 4th generation in 10yrs, always a REVOLUTION..HAHAHA..ALWAYS falls short...Honda...beaten with the Fug Ugly stick...Suzuki..*Yaaaawn"....same old same old....Ducati..mm..Technician on speed dial...enough said. Keep it Yamaha...your bikes STILL RULE the road...
zx10 bad boy -r1 = slow  December 25, 2008 05:27 PM
08 zx10 is still the king of the track
Yamaha R1 freak -heat  December 25, 2008 10:13 AM
I have to agree with Silverio that I am surprised there's so much heat coming off from the engine right in your face! Yamaha R1 Freak http://yamaha-r1-diy.blogspot.com/
Chaz -Yamaha R1 versus suzuki, and honda  December 21, 2008 04:08 PM
When will we get the actual results as to which bike is the king
Silverio -Heat  December 15, 2008 11:20 PM
I had the 2007 R1 great bike. The only thing that bother me was the amount heat that radiated from the engine.I hope Yamaha address this issue. I would love too get the 2009 R1 as long as the cooling system was updated.
JP LAS VEGAS -2009  December 11, 2008 09:47 PM
OHHHHH BOY , I can't wait , I hope they they make a Valentino Rossi Edition AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH
Jasmine -R-1  November 18, 2008 09:18 AM
R-1's make me wet.
vishal -R1  November 9, 2008 01:21 PM
The new R1 looks superb. as always yamaha's R1 and R6 are the most beautiful bikes. honda cbr1000 and 600 are also good looking but they dont have the small x-factor of yamaha
aan_shavo -wow...  November 7, 2008 09:42 AM
I'm fully agree with Ukraine-R1- YAMAHA is the most sensual bikes of the world... HONDA kiss my ass... or I will kick U in to the damn septic tank... hwe3
Ukraine -R-1  November 4, 2008 02:20 AM
YAMAHA THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HONDA Shit bed
Jason -Yamaha  September 19, 2008 01:06 PM
It's also worth pointing out that the R1's litter brother, the R6 gets two new colors (Vivid Orange and Pearl White) for '09 to go with the Yamaha Racing