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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 take...

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Jan 11

Posts: 8637

snev says:

It Looks very Compact

 Either that or the Rider is 8ft tall......... 

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Apr 07

Posts: 157

AFKAN says:

Takes me back...

I remember seeing a shot like that about the original R1.  I had a Thunderace at the time and this new R1 was about half the size.

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Jan 11

Posts: 110

RageRider says:


Looks like an R6 meets RSV4 meets S1000RR. I'm sure it'll be great but they're all just copying each other in terms of looks which is a little disappointing.

Be nice for someone to take a risk, be original and turn things on their head a little bit. Suzuki often come out with marmite designs so I'll be interested to see the new GSXR although it's 50-50 if it's a rotter or looks identical to it's predecessors I imagine.

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Feb 10

Posts: 410


Mutton dressed as lamb?

Dear Yamaha, when the bike is shown to the world, don't let it be just another heavily dressed up R1 we already know.......

Would be good to see the S version with Ohlins, Brembo's, carbon, etc, and capable of taking on the Italians in the looks dept, if nothing else.......

Yamaha's going to have to come up with something special...An M1R race bike clone, is needed, URGENTLY!!!



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Jun 14

Posts: 169

Onthemoney says:

What more can be done?

There is always progress, there has to be otherwise we would be using wooden logs to move around on, but; how mauch more can be done to a motorcycle that has already reached a peak of engineering?

I can remember my dad sitting me on the new "Four cylinder Honda 4  in 1975, Outrageous colours, fab engine but being a shorty my little legs could only just get over the masive seat.... so then what? Along came the Fireblade, another revolution in bike engeineering, then the R1 and K5. Since then its been pretty much cosmetic and the sales have reacted to that issue. "its all been done before and where elese is there to go?".

We wait ro see the "new swinging arm" may look like Wow I can't wait, and there is a fair bet that its almost 1/2 second quicker (so?) than the previous models in various tests. Cosmetically it may look better (except the chimney for an exhaust of course) so what else can be done, its all been done before.

The speed limit is still 70mph of course officer......................

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Feb 09

Posts: 241

tris123 says:

I'm glad Yamaha are keeping the cross-plane engine I don't think people appreciate how good it is. A bit more hp at the top end and with all the grunt it's got low-down would make for an incredible engine. Sharpen up the handling and you've got the perfect bike... for me anyway.

Should also make the Superbike championships interesting as well.

Maybe Honda and Suzuki will join the party.

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