Yamaha R1

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.

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2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 | R1 M First Look Photos

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 | R1 M First Look