Tuesday, September 09, 2008

2009 Yamaha YZF-R1: Pics, details, video…


With its MotoGP-inspired engine internals, this 2009 Yamaha R1 should kick ass...

Yamaha have unveiled the 2009 R1… and the underseat exhaust pipes are still there! Well, the world was expecting a radically redesigned R1, with the underseat exhaust system making way for an all-new MotoGP-style single-side exhaust, and that hasn’t happened. Sob! Still, there might be plenty on the new R1 about which you could get excited…

To start with, Yamaha claim the 2009 R1 is the world's first production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. According to a Yamaha press release, ‘Pioneered in MotoGP racing with the Yamaha M1, crossplane technology puts each crank pin 90 degrees from the next, with an uneven firing interval of 270-180-90-180 degrees. The result is incredibly smooth, roll-on power delivery, with outrageous amounts of torque. Not just new, the R1's new crossplane crank engine represents a complete paradigm shift.’ Hmm.....

Styling-wise, it isn't the radical redesign we were hoping for...
With our limited understanding of engine internals, we won’t try too hard to understand Yamaha’s new crossplane crank engine, we’ll just hope it goes like blazes. With 182bhp at 12,500rpm and 115Nm of torque at 10,000rpm, how hard can it be? And then, there are all those electronics – Yamaha Chip Control Intake (YCC-I) and Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T) – which are still there, while D-Mode has now been added to the 2009 R1.

Yamaha’s D-Mode variable throttle control function enables the rider to adjust performance characteristics to match various riding conditions. There’s a standard mode mapped for optimum performance, ‘A’ mode for sportier response in low- to mid-speed range, and ‘B’ mode for when it’s raining/snowing or when you’re riding on greasy, slippery roads. Of course, with that 998cc Yamaha inline-four making more than 180 horsepower, you can’t ever afford to get careless with it, regardless of the D-Mode setting. And unlike the 2009 Fireblade, there's no ABS here either, so there.

The ZX-10R, Fireblade and GSX-R1000 brigade should probably be a bit worried...
Yamaha say the new R1’s chassis has also been extensively revamped, and now offers even better high speed stability and handling. At the bike’s recent unveiling at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas, Valentino Rossi said, ‘This is a great bike. It's very like my M1 and it's exciting to see so many MotoGP qualities now appearing on a bike for the road. I think everyone who loves the R1 and Yamaha will be very excited about this new version. It's fantastic!’

The 2009 R1 will be available in dealerships from January 2009, with prices starting from US$12,390. More details on the Yamaha website here

The first promo video of the 2009 Yamaha R1...

...and another video, explaining the new R1's MotoGP-derived technologies

15 comments:

Mikaelk said...

Dood... underseat pipes are the rave. It's a street bike, so it gotta have some street cred. Track junkies can surely fit whatever exhaust styles to their likings.

I hope Termignoni will keep their current design. Aftermarket pipes will tidy up that rear.

Anonymous said...

Underseat exhaust looks great, but it sucks in real life. My 04 R1 keeps my nads on fire in traffic. I will never own another underseat exhaust.

Anonymous said...

no wonder this looks dull with an underseat exhaust... you need a good designer to make it stylish not to mention the heat.
with that said, it looks good on a MV or a Ducati, but japs are just trying too hard.

am I the only one who thinks the R6 looks way much better than the R1?

Marc said...

I hate to say it but I agree with Mr. Anonymous up there... The R-1 looks good but the R-6 looks wicked as hell.

What is the deal with the underseat exhaust on the R-1? Eff that! Someone make a side exhaust... and fast! It makes the bike look bulky and fat in the back. Who wants junk in the trunk on a street bike?

Surely I'll be buying the new R-1 so hurry up on that exhaust!

Anonymous said...

stop being big oh sissys dudes. the exhaust is not that bad just invest in some termignoni carbon fiber pipes eliminates all problems. cant get rid of the exhaust its a beutiful thing girls.so stop being winers. JUST RIDE DONT CRY !!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Heat seems to be down to the cat. De cat the exhaust and voila, cool nads!

Anonymous said...

De cat the exhaust,carbon fiber the the pipes.Good ideas. R1's sitting in traffic? Don't think they were meant for that. Try a grocery getter like a Harley.

Anonymous said...

underseat or no-underseat the bike has as close to a motogp motor that you can get, makes 180 hp (allegedly) and tourqe like a v-twin....I can't wait to read the reviews of how it actually performs, I doubt it will dissapoint.

Anonymous said...

Wow I like the R6 but that R1 is truley fugly. And the exhaust gotta say....she's got a fat ass.

Anonymous said...

"I like big butts and i can not Lie" Torque, Torque, Torque and apparently just when you think it's about to end, Power, Power, Power starts kickin it!! can't wait my deposit is ready!!

Anonymous said...

LOL, R1 sitting in traffic, learn how to filter and split lanes u pussy!

Anonymous said...

I think anybody who is putting the new r1 down are the people who already own an r1 and are truly jealous because they wont be getting to ride one, this year. yyyyyyeeeeeeeaaaaaa. It is gonna be awesome.

Anonymous said...

i agree, undertail exhaust has always looked cool, however lights your ass on fire. yamaha had it right with the r6 exhaust, looks cool, keep cool and cheap to aftermarket. maybe next year they,ll get it right so i can order one.

Anonymous said...

i havent had a problem from the heat of the exhaust under the seat... purchasing the 09 r1 has been a excellent decision. i never get board of riding it. and everyones turning heads hearing the engine roar, its crazy

Anonymous said...

even if someone wants to make an side exhaust its going to look retarded when they realized that the under seat bodywork is molded with the exhaust so theres going to be odd groves down there