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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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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 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: 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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Video: R1 versus the rest

MCN, 17 January 2007 11:30

Yamaha has won every class of GP racing but, surprisingly, never a World Superbike championship. This is, presumably, a nagging pain in the arse of its racing division. But how to sort it? Answer: a new, all-singing and all-dancing R1. In making a serious WSB challenger, Yamaha hopes it has made a litre-class road bike like no other; a 1000cc ...

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MCN reader Andy Goodman reviews a Yamaha R1

Andrew Goodman, 24 November 2006 17:33

"Don't try to be clever with it, that's what the guy on the Gixxer did, he tried to be clever and now it's in a right old state. This one's brand new and immaculate, and we'd like it back in this condition" I am in the motorcycle shop picking up a hire bike for the weekend. The bike that I ...

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