Saturday, September 04, 2010

2011: End of the road for the Yamaha R1

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The 2011 Yamaha R1. Long in the tooth already...?
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No, we’re sure Yamaha will still continue to make the R1 for many, many years – it’s just that the 2011 model year looks like the end of the road for the R1 as we know it now. The 2012 bike is likely to be a radical departure from the existing machine – an all-new YZF-R1 could be in the pipeline, even as Iwata prepares to take on the S1000RR and the RSV4 Factory in 2012. And why should you believe that? Because when Japanese bike manufacturers only add cheesy graphics to their top-of-the-line sportsbike, instead of making improvements to the engine/chassis/suspension, it’s pretty much a sign that says say┼Źnara, arigat┼Źgozaimasu. New bike coming next year, kon'nichiwa!

MotoGP-inspired crossplane crank engine or not, the Yam R1 has had its arse kicked into orbit in recent years by everything from the mundane Honda Fireblade to the rather more exotic BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4 Factory. We’re guessing Yamaha will try and claw back their advantage with the 2012 model R1, which will definitely have ABS and traction control as standard equipment. Lighter, more powerful, better looking, quicker, faster and absolutely fizzing with electronics – that’ll be the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1. But if you can’t wait till the new bike comes along, you can get your hands on the 2011 Yamaha R1 from October this year, with prices starting at US$13,590.

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With no mechanical improvements and cheesy new graphics (the red bike...), the 2011 R1 is not taking the fight to its competition from Germany and Italy. The 2012 R1 is likely to be a different story though...
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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Or it could be the global recession1

Geoff Selvidge said...

I agree with Anonymous - it's a cost thing primarily. Also relevant is the reducing market for Supersport in the key markets.

All the Japanese manufacturers have extended the lifecycle of their Supersports bikes to free up hard pressed development time for other, more profitable models...

Anonymous said...

I hate to say this because I am a big fan of the 04 to 08 R1 - You can clearly see it's almost over, another reason is look at the Price now - WTF? You can buy a Ducati for $500 more --hummm - Yamaha R1 is just about dead --

Ryan -Boston said...

Yamaha R1 die after the release of the 2009 model -- Loyal Yamaha R1 riders say "why did they mess it up"

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't trade my 06 R1 for any of the later models. The 2012 R1 would have to be really special - need to improve access to things for servicing - exhausts that don't look like an afterthought - smaller, narrower & lighter would be nice too.

Anonymous said...

Same here i would not change up to the new bike, I had a ride and I was not moved by the over all feel. As for my 05-R1 with the power comander & ignition mods, at the track i still have more up top whre it counts. I hope it gets better for 2012...

Steve said...

Two things:

1)The Honda Fireblade / CBR1000RR is probably the best Japanese bike on the market right now, maybe ever. Balanced, easy to ride, and best of all easy for almost anyone to go fast right out of the box.

2)The R1 needs help. After the last update, it became a fat gutless pig that has placed dead last in every test of the top superbikes for the last few years running, with the exception of MCN's unexplainable liking of the bike enough to call it bike of the year.

Anonymous said...

Steve, yeas the new R1 needs a little help, and after those few small tweeks here are there its an awesome machine. I have owned a 2002 R1 then 2004, still own a 2008, and I currently have an 2009. On a track the 2009 walks all over the previous models IMO. The 2009 is just so much more, and that cross plain crank is fantastic the way it provides feedback much better feel for the rider.

Fact is, Now when I ride a previous model R1 they feel out dated.

Alberto said...

I am an spanish pilot, i had an 02, 05, and 08 r1 models, and talking about track, 09 model has a structural problem, the chasis didnt match with the front geometr. and suspension, a lot of slide on the front, cause 1000 crashes.
In my opinion 08, is the best r1 ever, but, in order to reach to BMW, we need a big step porward with this 2012, new chasis, and more powerfull motor at high revolutions needed.

T-well, Spain

Anonymous said...

Alberto, its obvious you have not ridden the 09 R1. I can assure you it has no stuctural problem. Where you get that info from is beyond me.
As a mtter of fact my 08 R1 would slide the front more than my 09. The 09 is more refined and more solid when at lean angle. Im no spanish pilot but I do race motor cycles. Comparing the 08 to an 09 on a race track is the difference between wining and loosing, and the 09 wins hands down and thats fact and race proven.

I know the 08 is a fantastic machine, but fact is, like said previously the 08 and previous models are out dated.

Anonymous said...

The cross plain crank in the 2009 to 2011 R1 has the best human connection with the machine. Suspension and chassis and an improvemnet also from previous models. However to keep up with other competition yamaha will need to step up there game in 2012. Right now the R1 is still very competative!

r said...

My 07 r1 is a beast and the funnest bike I have ever ridden. Having said that, they lost me with the 09 body styling. They turned the meanest looking bike into a circus side show. Barf!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

as soon Yamaha release a new one with same engine and less weight, i buy it!!

my 09 is much easier to ride (X Plane rules!!) at tracks than 07 was.

Roadraceruk said...

I have a very tunned 08 R1 racebike and standard ish 2010 R1 racebike on track the x-plain R1 is faster and more easy to ride. I think people feel like 07/08 R1 if it doesnt feel fast or course its slow, the 09/11 R1 is so smooth and lap times prove it. Only thing I would change on current R1 is weight, it is heavey in paddock but on track its a gem.

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