Born from MotoGPThe YZF-R1 is more closely linked to our MotoGP winning M1 than ever. Its innovative 998cc inline four-cylinder engine features a crossplane crankshaft with an uneven firing interval ensuring superb throttle linearity, giving a feeling that the rider's throttle hand is directly connected to the rear tyre.
The new engine feels and sounds smoother than ever, emittting an unforgettable exhaust note. Pushing out 182 PS and 115.5 Nm of torque, this MotoGP-inspired engine is the most advanced powerplant ever seen on a Yamaha supersport bike.
And for the ultimate in feel and controllability, the new R1 runs with an all-new Deltabox chassis offering an idealised rigidity balance.
Yamaha motorcycles are tested in the white heat of world championship competition by the world's greatest riders.
With true racing pedigree, the MotoGP-derived YZF-R1 has dominated the racetrack. While Ben Spies claimed the 2009 World Superbike title riding the R1, the bike has also won the 2009 World Endurance Championship, as well as national titles in several fiercely contested competitions across Europe – including Great Britain, Germany, France and Spain.
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New generation MotoGP inspired R1
The YZF-R1 has been a supersport legend for more then 10 years. The new YZF-R1 is the first production bike with a crossplane crankshaft, technology pioneered in MotoGP. Yamaha's racing expertise means the R1 also delivers a wonderful traction-feel, using a short-wheelbase and long swingarm frame developed from lessons learned in MotoGP.
Crossplane crankshaft with uneven firing interval
The R1's revolutionary crossplane crankshaft, with a MotoGP-style firing interval, transforms the feeling of an inline-four supersport bike. The crossplane crankshaft produces 'combustion' rather than 'inertial' torque – the rider 'feels' the rear tyre. With a growling exhaust note, the engine feels and sounds smoother.
YCC-T and YCC-I for optimal performance
The R1's cutting-edge electronics perfectly complement the innovative engine. YCC-I (Yamaha Chip-Controlled Intake) adjusts the length of the four intake funnels for perfect intake performance across the rpm range. YCC-T (Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle) controls the throttle-valve opening for instantly responsive and smooth power.
Lightweight Deltabox frame for precise cornering
The short wheelbase combined with the rigid lightweight die-cast aluminium Deltabox frame and long swingarm provides maximum traction feel, excellent drive force and superbly controllable steering.
Fully adjustable front and rear suspension
Front and rear suspension is multi-adjustable, for riding style and for road/track conditions. The 43 mm front fork features independent left/right cushioning that offers improved damping performance and enables easier settings adjustment, according to rider preference.
The new R1's sculptured bodywork expresses the machine's radical, mass centralised design: this is a densely packaged motorcycle that produces awesomely concentrated performance. From its Cobra-eyed front end all the way to its short, upswept mufflers and 190/55R rear tyre, the R1 proves the designer's maxim: function is beauty.
Engine type liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves
Bore x stroke 78.0 mm x 52.2 mm
Compression ratio 12.3 : 1
Maximum Power 133.9 kW (182.1PS) @ 12,500 rpm (without air-induction)
Maximum Torque 115.5 Nm (11.8 kg-m) @ 10,000 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Carburettor Fuel Injection
Clutch Type Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain