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Early Yamaha R1 owners needed

MCN, 20 November 2013 14:49

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 ...

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Used buying guide: Yamaha R1

Jon Urry, 03 July 2013 10:18

If you have to pick out a year that marked the revival of the litre bike category then look no further than 2004. With World Superbikes turning to 1000cc inline fours rather than 750cc homologation specials, the pressure was on the Japanese in the early-noughties to deliver to riders a whole new breed of affordable sportsbike. The litre bike war ...

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Yamaha R1 owners wanted

MCN, 29 May 2013 11:39

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 ...

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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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New Yamaha Race Blu paintjob

Andy Downes, 14 September 2012 11:35

This new Race Blu paintjob seen here on the Yamaha YZF-R1 is the highlight of a series of colour changes for many of the 2013 Yamahas with no mechanical changes at all. Race Blu, which comprises blue and matt grey bodywork with blue wheels and subtle white graphics was revealed by the MotoGP team at this weekend’s Misano round of ...

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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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New MCN October 19: Aussie rules

MCN, 18 October 2011 10:01

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, ...

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

MCN, 26 September 2011 12:37

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 ...

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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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