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Fancy a go on a 2009 Yamaha R1?

Rupert Paul, 26 March 2009 16:04

MCN is looking for four or five experienced sportsbike riders to sample the new Yamaha R1’s rider-friendly power delivery. We want to see if it grunts out of slow corners in the hands of ordinary road riders as spectacularly as it does with racers. So here’s the deal. To apply you need: 1. A clean licence2. Decent leathers and kit3. ...

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Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 vs Honda Fireblade

MCN, 19 February 2009 11:07

Michael Neeves says the new Yamaha R1 engine with crossplane crank gives the bike all the top-end rush of an inline-four, with the low down grunt of a twin and at the launch of the bike in Australia, he was singing its praises. But how does the all-new R1 compare to the latest Honda Fireblade? Neeves and National Superstock racer Steve ...

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Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 roadtest teaser

MCN, 10 February 2009 15:01

The 2009 Yamaha R1 is like no in-line-four cylinder sportsbike ever produced. It’s simply sensational. The Yamaha R1’s ultra-short-stroke engine has a cross-plane crankshaft, with its crank pins set at 90° and has irregular firing intervals, which is technology lifted directly from Valentino Rossi’s factory YZR-M1. Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 tested MCN road tester Adam Child gives us a sneak preview ...

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Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 tested

MCN, 20 January 2009 16:30

Michael Neeves says the new 1000cc R1 engine with crossplane crank gives the bike all the top-end rush of an inline-four, with the low down grunt of a twin. Neevesy tested the all-new 2009 Yamaha R1 in Australia - and he was clearly impressed: "I was shaking after my first ride on the new R1, it’s so different, so exciting and ...

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First ride: 2009 Yamaha R1

Michael Neeves, 19 January 2009 06:00

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is at Eastern Creek in Sydney to ride the much anticipated Rossi-inspired 2009 Yamaha R1. Here are his first impressions, check out MCN on Wednesday for a full report. We think he likes it... Watch Neevesy's trackside first impressions video Don’t get too caught up on how the new R1 works, with its crossplane crank and ...

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Video: The best bits of the outgoing Yamaha R1

MCN, 13 January 2009 14:33

MCN will be testing the new 'growler' Yamaha R1 next week so we've trawled through the archives to find some of the best road test with previous model Yamaha R1s. The new Yamaha R1 will be the most expensive yet at £9999 and it features 'big-bang' technology as used on Valentino Rossi's MotoGP M1. // By use of this code ...

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Video: Valentino Rossi on 2009 YZF-R1

Rob Hull, 18 December 2008 15:51

Check out this advert for the new ‘cross plane crank’ 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 featuring Valentino Rossi. Rossi has already appeared in Yamaha adverts in the past including the 2007 R1 and last year’s revised R6. Colin Edwards has already appeared in one promotional video to publicise the new litre sports bike, and now Rossi has also been tied in as ...

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Hub-centre steer R1 from GTS1000 designer

MCN News Desk, 09 December 2008 16:46

Former Yamaha engineer Jean-Michel Thiers has developed an all-new hub-centre steer superbike using an R1 engine to prove that the system offers a real advantage over conventional telescopic forks. Thiers set up his own company Tier Motorsports to develop and market the single-sided hub-centre concept with planned products ranging from hub-centre-steering conversion kits for motocross bikes to a full-on superbike ...

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Video: Onboard lap of Jerez

Angus Farquhar, 07 January 2008 11:00

Last year MCN road-tester Michael Neeves rode his long-term test Yamaha R1 down to Jerez for a bit of fun and a track school with the Masterclass race school and was taught the ropes by none other than ex-MotoGP god, Jeremy McWilliams. We've already shown you the highlights of the school in a previous video but dreadging through the archive ...

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New colours for the 2008 Yamaha R1 motorcycle

Dan Thornton, 11 September 2007 10:00

Yamaha has unveiled the 2008 Yamaha R1 - and although the motorcycle has not been radically changed, it does come in a choice of three new colour schemes. The 2008 Yamaha R1 is available in blue, white or black. The blue option also comes with gold wheels for the first time.  To see the complete 2008 Yamaha motorcycle range, click here. ...

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