MotoUSA goes sport-touring aboard the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 sportbike on the way to this year’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Find out what what it’s like in this 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Touring Ride motorcycle review.
- Yamaha’s AXIO branded luggage options make sport-touring a definite possibility on the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1.
- Motorcycle-USA tests the mettle of Yamaha's all-new YZF-R1 during a 529-mile, 26 hour street mission on the way to this year's Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix MotoGP race.
- The 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 is simply stunning in its Pearl White/Rapid Red colors.
- The R1’s Drive Mode throttle control feature makes riding on limited traction surfaces much easier, safer and of course more fun.
- The sound emitted from FMF’s Apex mufflers should be sold on iTunes. It sounds that awesome!
- Although the R1 handles the rigors of the city well, it’s at its best on a zigzagging ribbon of desolate pavement.
- With a few easily installed Yamaha accessories, the R1 became a very capable sport-tourer.
- Fuel mileage figures on the R1 are very sensitive to speed and how hard you accelerate compared to other liter-class motorcycles we've tested.
- Photographic opportunities are abundant when you reach the coast. Here Big Sur’s landscape lies in the background.
- The roads that surround Paso Robles, California’s wine country are some of the best in California.
- Although it’s pricey, the $239.95 Comfort Seat (left) is far more comfortable than the stock R1 seat (right).
- The R1’s instruments are bright, legible and easy-to-read day or night.
- FMF’s $999 Apex mufflers are our favorite modification to the new R1. Not only do they reduce the level of exhaust heat but they make the bike sound like Rossi’s MotoGP ride!
- After baking in 100-plus degree heat inland, we finally reach the cool breeze of the Pacific Ocean. Another 70 miles and we’d be at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
- Waheed escapes the concrete jungle of L.A. aboard a 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1.
- Whether you’re on the road or in a parking lot the R1 never ceases to entertain its pilot.
- With daylight quickly running out, the R1’s bright twin-project head beams throw an intense spread of light even on a dark, deserted highway.