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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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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: 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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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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