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Yamaha R1


Originally released for the 1998 model year, the Yamaha YZF-R1 established a new standard in terms of open-class sportbike design and performance. Externally the Yamaha R1 featured an aggressive insect-like shape that had yet to be seen on a production motorcycle. Internally the R1 was graced with, at the time, the most powerful and compact 998cc liquid-cooled engine ever produced for the motorcycling public. The R1’s slim and trim chassis was equally as impressive and set a new standard for handling both on the street and racetrack. 
The Yamaha R1 consistently brings MotoGP technology to the street - at a price we all can afford.
The Yamaha R1 consistently brings MotoGP technology to the street - at a price we all can afford.

Over the last 11 years the Yamaha R1 has received numerous updates and complete redesigns. But the updates have always remained true to the YZF-R1’s original expression of style and mind-bending performance. For 2009, the R1 has received a complete revamp and now benefits directly from Valentino Rossi’s success aboard the Yamaha M1 in the MotoGP World Championship.

Most notably is the new Yamaha R1’s use of a unique engine firing order courtesy of its cross-plane crankshaft. This design radically changes the character of the engine when riding and is aimed at a more rider-friendly experience. Other changes include an entirely new chassis featuring a new frame, swingarm, fork and shock. Also new is the sleek new bodywork that retains the signature R1 front fascia as well as the Yamaha sportbike’s undertail exhaust pipes.
Yamaha R1 Motorcycle Reviews
2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Ride
Friday, October 21, 2011
For 2012 Yamaha has equipped the R1 with traction control, find out what we thought about the addition in the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Ride article.
2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 Street Comparison
Friday, May 06, 2011
Motorcycle USA compares the latest open-class sportbikes on the street in the annual Superbike Smackdown VIII. Check out what we thought about the 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1.
2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 Track Comparison
Monday, April 11, 2011
Similar to the European V-Twin sportbikes, Yamaha offers motorcyclists something different with its 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1. The R1 is Yamaha’s take on the classic Inline-Four engine, only with a twist.
2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison Street
Monday, May 17, 2010
Motorcycle USA puts all the 2010 Superbikes to the test in our Superbike Smackdown sportbike comparison. Read the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 street review.
2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison Track
Friday, May 07, 2010
Motorcycle-USA takes the latest Superbikes and put's them to the test in our annual Superbike Smackdown. Welcome to the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 track portion.
Hayes Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike Review
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Exclusive: MotoUSA brings you a full test of Josh Hayes' race-winning factory Yamaha YZF-R1 American Superbike.
Spies Sterilgarda Yamaha YZF-R1
Monday, November 30, 2009
MotoUSA tests the World Championship-winning Sterilgarda Yamaha YZF-R1 of American Ben Spies.
2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Touring Ride
Friday, September 04, 2009
Motorcycle USA straps on some Yamaha motorcycle accessories onto its 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 sportbike and hits the road enroute to the 2009 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Find out what it’s like in this motorcycle review.
Yamaha R1 Ohlins 2WD Review
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Motorcycle USA’s friends at MCN send this report on a Yamaha R1 with Ohlins’ 2WD system. How does the Yamaha R1 motorcycle run with two wheels driving the pavement? Find out here.
2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison Track
Monday, May 18, 2009
Motorcycle-USA takes the latest Superbikes and put's them to the test in our annual Superbike Smackdown. Welcome to the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Track portion.
2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison Street
Monday, May 11, 2009
Check out how the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle compares against the best 2009 liter-class motorcycles in our 2009 Superbike Smackdown motorcycle comparison.
2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Ride
Monday, January 19, 2009
Motorcycle USA jets halfway around the world to ride the all-new, "born from MotoGP" 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 sportbike.
2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison
Monday, March 31, 2008
Five motorcycles of the highest performance, we get the best from Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Ducati for a little Smackdown.
2007 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison
Monday, May 07, 2007
The Big Four's latest batch of literbikes - CBR1000RR, ZX-10R, GSX-R1000, and R1, we'll put them through the motions on the track and street.
2007 Yamaha R1 Street Ride
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
We take Yammie's new literbike to the streets, the dyno and the scales in this primer for our upcoming Superbike Smackdown IV.
2007 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Ride
Monday, November 20, 2006
Kenny plays Valentino riding Yamaha's new YZF-R1 superbike around the Laguna Seca MotoGP course.
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison
Monday, April 03, 2006
We assemble the gnarliest wheelie-popping class of sportbikes for a big-bore brawl to see if the mighty Gixxer Thou can be knocked off its high perch.
2006 Jamie James Productions R1
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
If you have to ask, you don't get it. Flicking effortlessly left and right, occasionally feeling my knee puck touching down, I am absolutely in the groove.
2005 We Ride Goberts R1
Monday, July 04, 2005
Any illusions of getting a factory ride were dashed after we tested the championship-winning Graves R1.
2005 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison
Monday, May 16, 2005
We open up a can of whup-ass at PIR for the second portion of our Superbike Smackdown II.
2005 Yamaha YZF R1 Comparison
Monday, May 16, 2005
There's more power on tap in any of these 400-pound bikes than you'll find in a 3200-pound base-model Honda Accord. Hang on tight!
2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
We already told ya which literbike was best on the street. iIt's track time, wound out to the max by former AMA champ Steve Crevier.
2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 Comparison
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Better than you and not afraid to show it, these bikes epitomize the high-performance motorcycle. Oh yeah, and they're freakadillishly f-f-fast!
2004 Yamaha R1 - Street Test
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Wow! One ride on Yamaha's incredible new YZF-R1 and we're almost speechless. Well, not quite. We can't keep our Road Test Editor quiet about this one.
2004 Yamaha R1 - Track Test
Monday, February 16, 2004
The way the new 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 snarls and growls as you blip the throttle off idle is darn right evil.
2003 Graves Yamaha R1 Test Ride
Monday, October 13, 2003
MotorcycleUSA takes Damon Buckmaster's monstrously powerful Formula Xtreme YZF-R1 around California Motor Speedway for a test ride!
2003 Yamaha Jamie James R1
Thursday, April 10, 2003
Running legal speeds on the Jamie James R1 is hard, very hard.
Yamaha R1 Project Bikes
2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike Part 2
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
We modify our Yamaha R1 to make it more racetrack oriented. Find out how it performs in this sportbike review.
2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike Review
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
We modify our 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 to make it more comfortable to ride on the street. Find out how it works in this sportbike review.
2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike Part 2
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Check out Motorcycle USA's 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1. In this episode we install Traxxion Dynamics fork modifications, a Penske Racing rear shock, Galfer and Ferodo braking components and Bridgestone racing tires.
2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Bike
Monday, July 28, 2008
Follow along as MotorcycleUSA gets its hands on a 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 and begins transforming it into a pavement pounder both on the street and the track.
Yamaha R1 First Looks
2012 Yamaha R1 Gets Traction Control
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Yamaha R1 gets electronic updates for the new model year, set to battle its 2012 Superbike rivals with traction control.
2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Look
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Yamaha's 2010 YZF-R1 gets the mandatory BNG (Bold New Graphics) treatment, including an "LE" edition which is painted to match Valentino Rossi's MotoGP machine.
2009 Yamaha R1 First Look
Monday, September 08, 2008
MotoGP for the masses? With the release of the all-new 2009 YZF-R1, Yamaha is taking things one step closer.
Yamaha R1 News
Yamaha to Withdraw from World Superbike
Monday, August 01, 2011
Yamaha has released an official statement saying it is withdrawing from the World Superbike Championship at the end of the 2011 season.
2011 Yamaha World Superbike Livery Unveiled
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The 2011 Yamaha World Superbike Team has unveiled the livery they will run for the upcoming World Superbike season.
MotoGP Tickets for YZF-R1 LE Owners
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Yamaha YZF-R1 LE owners who live within 1,000 miles of the Monterey Racetrack will receive a complimentary pair of tickets tickets to the U.S.Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway.
Yamaha R1 Features
Pat Clark Motorsports: The New AMA Superbike
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Developed three years ago, the Pat Clark Motorsports team has gone from small club racing to competing at the top level in AMA Pro Racing.
Yamaha Champions Riding School
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Watch and learn. The Yamaha Champions Riding School gives students essential riding skills and the chance to utilize a world-class racing facility.
Yamaha R1 Dealerships