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New Yamaha R1 on the way

Yamaha is just three months away from unveiling a completely new YZF-R1 superbike that it hopes will have the same class-defining impact the original 1998 model had when it was launched. The new bike retains the basic engine design of the current model, but it is understood to share almost nothing else with the current bike as it attempts to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 31 July 2014

Early Yamaha R1 owners needed

MCN is on the hunt for owners of early Yamaha R1s. Specifically we're looking for current owners of the 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2002-03 models, before the R1 got underseat exhausts. We'll be using the information to help with our article and there may be a chance you get featured in the paper. Just fill out the information below and email it ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 20 November 2013

Yamaha R1 owners wanted

MCN is looking for Yamaha R1 owners for an upcoming feature. We're specifically looking for owners of the 2004-2006, 2007-2008 and 2009 onward models. We'll be using the information to help with our article and there may be a chance you get featured in the paper. Just fill out the information below and email it to mcn.news@motorcyclenews.com aqlong with a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 29 May 2013

New Yamaha R1 spied testing

Early prototypes for Yamaha’s next-generation R1 superbike have been spied being put through their paces by the firm’s test riders. Two of the machines were caught by our colleagues at Australian Motor Cycle News as they were pitted against the bike that’s become the standard-bearer for the 1000cc class, BMW’s S1000RR. Don’t be fooled by the temporary bodywork, which is ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 28 February 2013

New MCN October 19: Aussie rules

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 19 October, we examine Casey Stoner's MotoGP world championship win in an eight-page special, with MotoGP legends Rainey, Gardner and Doohan on why Stoner could be the best. Plus, Kawasaki's shock new Versys 1000 spied, with the details on the Z1000-based adventure bike - the firm's fourth new model for 2012. Also, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 18 October 2011

Video: 'Born from MotoGP' Ben Spies on the 2012 R1

In an attempt to link the 2012 Yamaha R1, which now features six-stage traction control, to MotoGP, this video shows Ben Spies loading up a day-van and heading to a trackday. The revised YZF-R1, with limited-edition 50th anniversary paint, revised front lights and 'MotoGP inspired top yoke', helps Spies to cut through the pack before advising fellow trackday attendees that ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 26 September 2011

Yamaha R1 is skipping second gear

Q. I’ve just bought a 2002 Yamaha R1 and the gear selection isn’t brilliant, with second gear skipping at 8000rpm. The fork seals are starting to leak too…Gordon Harrison, email A. Oh dear, it sounds like you have got yourself a bike that’s spent more time with its front wheel in the air than is good for it. Those through-the-gear wheelies ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 07 February 2011

Win Rossi's TT Yamaha R1!

This is your chance to win the actual Yamaha R1 ridden around the TT course by MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi – for free!  Click here to enter the competition The eight-times world champion lapped the Isle of Man in June with fellow race legend Giacomo Agostini and MCN editor Marc Potter. Read the 2009 Yamaha R1 review Click here to watch ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 05 August 2009

Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 vs Honda Fireblade

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 February 2009

Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 roadtest teaser

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 10 February 2009

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