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.
MCN road tester Adam Child gives us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the new-for-2009 Yamaha R1.
See the 2009 Yamaha R1 take on the 2009 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in the February 18 edition of MCN.