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New Yamaha R1 spied testing

MCN, 28 February 2013 09:00

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 ...

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Traction control raises new Yamaha R1's game

Michael Neeves, 20 October 2011 16:35

The addition of traction control - which Yamaha says is the same system as used on the YZR-M1 MotoGP racer - makes the 2012 R1 a better road and track bike. But MCN's world first track test also revealed it has not managed to leapfrog its superbike rivals. This isn't surprising - there are very few changes to Yamaha's flagship ...

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2012 Yamaha R1 - first impressions

Michael Neeves, 12 October 2011 09:56

We're in Spain riding the 2012 Yamaha R1 at the Valencia MotoGP circuit. Aside from a few very minor tweaks the main change to the Yamaha is its new six-stage traction control. We've just done our first session and the TC is on max. It's so intrusive you can hold the throttle to the stop out of every corner, not ...

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New 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 gets traction control

Andy Downes, 14 September 2011 10:39

This is the new 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 which has six-stage traction control and a mid-life redesign. Images have leaked a few hours before Yamaha’s official announcement later today and MCN will bring full details later on this afternoon. The R1 is still instantly recognisable; Yamaha is holding back on a radical redesign for at least another two years according to ...

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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: 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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