Friday, July 25, 2008

Smaller, lighter, faster Yamaha R1 in 2009!

Page updated with new pics on Sep 09, 2008. For the full 2009 Yamaha R1 launch report, pics and video, go here

The all-new 2009 Yamaha R1 gets a MotoGP-inspired 'big-bang' engine...


The 2009 Yamaha R1 will take design cues from the current R6 and technology inputs from the M1 MotoGP machine. The result should be quite spectacular...!

Yamaha are expected to launch an all-new R1 next year, to take on the ZX-10R, Fireblade and GSX-R1000, all of which now make the current R1 look a bit dated. According to a report on Motociclismo, the 2009 Yamaha R1 is already under development, with extensive test sessions being conducted on various racing circuits in Europe.

According to Motociclismo, Yamaha are working on a super-lightweight R1, which will make extensive use of magnesium for many of its components. Also, the bike’s styling is expected to be an evolution of the current R6, with twin underseat exhausts finally making way for a single, short-and-stubby R6-style item.

Coming back to the ‘lightweight’ bit, the 2009 R1 could be as much as 10 kilos lighter than the current model, which would partly be possible due to the use of various magnesium bits. Magnesium can corrode quickly, so Yamaha will use a special electrolysis process that will protect the bike’s magnesium parts and also provide an excellent finish.

The 2009 R1’s chassis will be all-new and the bike’s extensively reworked (perhaps all-new) inline-four will use learnings from Yamaha’s M1 MotoGP bike. And finally, the bike is expected to have a traction-control system that’s more advanced and sophisticated than any other system currently available. Watch out for more details soon...

Update (09.09.2008): 2009 Yamaha R1: First pics, specs and video

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