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...


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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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4 comments:

Mikaelk said...

oh man.. the R6 was hideous. They shoulda took the design queue from the 2001/02 model. That was a gorgeous bike. If only it had the under seat exhausts like the current R1... Oh those low slung exhausts are fugly... ahh well having owned an R1 since '05, I'm that close to join the Ducati 1098 camp. Still waiting for news on the honda 1000 V4

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with you there Mika.. The current R6 is quite sexy... yes , I used that term. the only knock I have is that the seat height is a bity tallish for folks under 5'6. If only Yamaha takes cue/ERR.. "CLUE" from Suzuki, they would be selling more of this bike.
Pardon the rants... anyway, I cant wait; I'm bored with my FZ6 and ready to take the next step. You listening YAMAHA!
Seat height at 31.9 = More $$$$$$.

R sixxx said...

First off, I'm a yamaha fan. The best looking R1 is the 04'-06', because the undertail exhaust is aero-dynamic and seems like an engineer thought about the whole picture. The new R1 exhaust is DISGUSTING. The engineer should have his hands cut off so he can never design another set of luggage bag style cans on a superbike again. It makes the tail look low and shorter. Hopefully an aftermarket exhaust can save the R1. The new color schemes are probably the best thing going for yamaha R1. The "R" used to stand for "RESPECT", now its stands for "Retired". The Suzukis' are starting to look good ,can't believe I said that, it left a bad taste in my mouth!:(If you google the images of what they thought new r1 was going look like...SWEEET! Yamaha should hire creative people like that. Well atleast they did not F up the R6.

Micah said...

u guys arent looking at the big pic... i have an 07 r6 myself and i love the thing... i love how it looks... but looks arent everything... i replaced my front forks with the 08's and now it handles phenomenal. the cause of the seat being so high is for better ergonomics. the new r1 is going to be a pretty bad ass bike the front forks and the engine are totally different taken right out of the m1 bikes the pros use... every 90 degrees the crankshaft turns, a piston fires off instead of every 180 degrees 2 go off. and the front forks control 2 totally different things compression, and rebound, instead of both per strut... its about time they got that technology onto the street... this is going to be a pivot point for all motorcycle manufacturers. from what i understand about Suzuki is that even though the gsxr is a pretty bike, the suspension and the brakes are pretty bad... ive seen many people go down at the track on gsxr's because they're suspension is shot just after having 2000 miles on the bike... i do have to agree with r sixxx about the exhause, whoever designed that is an idiot haha its way too big... but maybe theres a reason for it... thats what some would like to think anyways...