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'09 Yamaha R1 Here We Come!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009
R1 Time, Baby!

I’m in the middle of packing my bags as I type this, but I had to stop and share my joy with you readers. Yep, off the Land Down Under to ride the all-new 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1. It’s hard not to be excited about it – giddy in fact. The track of choice is Eastern Creek, just outside of Sydney, Australia, and we will have an entire day flogging our own personal R1, not to mention two mechanics servicing our every request. Not to rub it in, but it really doesn’t get much better, does it?
Colin Edwards puts the new R1 through its paces. Next up: MotoUSA.
Colin Edwards has tried it, now it's MotoUSA's turn! Stay tuned!
(For more info check out my First Look here)

A few weeks back at Yamaha's annual Media Day, I was talking to former AMA Superbike Champion and current Yamaha World Superbike rider Ben Spies about the bike, which he had just tested for the first time in Portugal a few days prior. With an almost totally stock engine and some kit suspension he was within a few tenths of Troy Bayliss’ race lap record. Now that’s impressive. He couldn’t stop talking about the engine with its crossplane crank and firing order; said it’s like a V-Twin down low and an In-line Four up top. How is that even possible? Ben Bostrom was there as well, having just returned from riding it at Daytona for the tire test, and was saying the exact same thing: "It feels like my Ducati 999 Superbike down low but with a screaming top-end. And it sounds just awesome," he commented.

Needless to say, I’m like a little kid waiting to go berserk in a candy store. Except this candy store is a 15-hour flight away! But hopefully it’s well worth the wait. We will keep you updated with blogs and photos live from the event and a full report January 19th. Stay tuned, as we will see what the hype is all about in a matter days!
Post Tags: 2009 yamaha r1, sportbike, motorcycle, australia
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Comments
Shaun -R1 January 13, 2009 09:51 AM
I can't wait for this review. MotoUSA - when you guys do the video review please let that engine roar. Don't over do it on whatever music you guys decide to use. Just may be my next bike.
Kyy -the engine is the sexiest part of the new r1 :) January 12, 2009 04:03 PM
beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. granted i'm not a fan of the new r1 either, thinking the previous gen looked way more sexy :) but i do like the new set of liter bikes from japan overall. they're finally startin to look quite different from each other considering how similar they all looked ten or so years ago.
Ray Ortiz -2 strokes January 11, 2009 04:40 PM
Bring the two strokes back!
Superlight -R1 January 10, 2009 06:55 AM
I think its a good move for Yamaha to separate themselves from the line-4 Superbike pack by offering something unique in the engine, but why must all the Japanese litrebikes be so frigging ugly, including this new Yamaha? The Italians (especially Ducati and MV) have nothing to worry about from this new R1.
Tim -I'm Jealous January 9, 2009 09:39 AM
Although I think the R1 has went from the best looking liter bike to mid-pack at best I am extremely excited about the engine. The new firing order is probably the most significant change to be different in the sport bike wars in many years. Sport bikes are awesome, but it's such a me-too world. If this engine dominates expect the others to follow.