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Yamaha YZF-R1

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Yamaha YZF-R1
Yamaha YZF-R1 2002
Manufacturer Yamaha
Production 99-07
Engine 1000cc
Sparkplug CR9E 99-03
CR9EK '04-07
Battery YT12B-BS 99-03
YTZ12S '04-07
Front Tire 120/70-17 99-03 , '04-07
Rear Tire 190/50-17 99-03 , '04-07
Competition Honda CBR954RR
Suzuki GSX-R1000
Ducati 1148
Kawasaki ZX-10R
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Yamaha YZF-R1 2001

The Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle, first built in 1998, helped initiate the litre class "handling arms race" between the Japanese Big Four motorcycle manufacturers (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha). When it was first introduced it was considered a groundbreaking design; a 1000 cc engine in a frame the size of a 600 cc bike. It was on par with the power output ratings of its competition but it was unique with its unprecedented agility. The key in the R1's success was the redesigned Genesis engine. In traditional inline-4 motorcycle engines the crankshaft, gearbox input and output shafts were parallel in a flat plane; in the R1 the shafts formed a triangle. This made the engine very short, allowing the Wheelbase to be shortened greatly, which in turn led to the exceptional handling. This bike has a compression ratio of 12.4:1.The Yamaha R1 has a transmission of 6-speed w/multi-plate clutch.

The R1 was dominant for five years before the competition could catch up to its level. In 2003 the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 and in 2004 the Kawasaki ZX-10R have successfully challenged the R1. The 2004 R1 produces 180 hp at the crankshaft and also weighs the same in kilograms, giving it a theoretical 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, however the horsepower that is released at the rear wheel is closer to 150hp (or more, under properly tuned and optimal conditions). The R1 is able to do 107 mph in first gear. In 2006 the Yamaha R1 expanded its output to 175 hp in addition to a 20 mm longer swingarm. The 2006 model year for the R1 is groundbreaking with the release of the Limited Edition model. At the MSRP of $18,000 and only 500 units made for the United States makes ownership very limited, marking the 50th Anniversay year for Yamaha.

1998

1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 in blue profile
1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 front
1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 on stand

2001

2001 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Red/White
2001 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Red/White


2002

2002 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2002 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2002 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2002 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2002 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Red
2002 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Red
2002 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Red
2002 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Red


2003

2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Silver
2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Silver
2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Silver
2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Silver
2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Silver


2004

2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue
2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Blue



2005


2006

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition in Yellow
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition in Yellow
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition in Yellow
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition in Yellow
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition in Yellow
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition in Yellow
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition in Yellow
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition in Yellow
2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition in Yellow



2007

2007 Yamaha R1 in Blue left side
2007 Yamaha R1 in Blue right side
2007 Yamaha R1 in Candy Red left side
2007 Yamaha R1 in Candy Red right side
2007 Yamaha R1 in Charcoal Silver right side
2007 Yamaha R1 in Charcoal Silver left side
2007 Yamaha Chip controlled Intake (YCC-I) on an R1
2007 Yamaha YZF-R1


Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I), the first ever electronic variable intake system on a production motorcycle, is introduced on the YZF-R1 to achieve the broadest possible powerband.

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