Yamaha R1's engine now has the shortest stroke of any 1000cc which would normally give a peaky power delivery though the new crank and firing order fill in the low and mid-range grunt. Peak power remains the same as before, but torque is up by 2ftlb. Now it stands at 179 bhp @ 12,500 rpm and the maximum torque of 85 ftlb @ 10,000 rpm. The motor has forged the same aluminium pistons, fracture-split conrods, ceramic composite plated cylinders, titanium inlet valves and exhaust and a slipper clutch. The piggy back generator has been moved down to the end of crank to make room for the new, lower fuel tank. The fuel injection system, featuring electronically controlled variable length inlet trumpets, now has shower injectors in upper airbox like the Yamaha R6. The fly-by-wire throttle system is modified to give better control of air intake volume.
Design And Comfort
The overall look of the Yamaha R1 has changed with new designs. The stark difference between last year's model and the 2009 is that the latest version looks with much more compact and agile. The center up exhaust on the 2009 model seems significantly larger compared to the previous year's. The front has the same classic R1 shape, though the air intake location and headlamp design have been revamped on the new model utilizing only projector lamps and using the newly designed space within the nose cone. Taking cues from its younger sibling the R6, the R-1 now has a cast magnesium subframe that is ultra light and reduces weight at the outer edges of the motorcycle to centralize mass. The inside rails are extruded and the entire chassis rigidity has been revised for optimum handling.
Ride And Handling
Compared to the previous Yamaha R1, the '09 model is sharper in steering retaining the earlier Yamaha neutral feel. The engine is mounted 9° steeper and 8.2mm further forward than before, putting more weight on the front end. Weight distribution is now 52.4%, 47.6% front to rear. The riding position is more compact. The wheelbase is down by 5mm to 1415mm. The R6-type magnesium sub frame, shorter titanium end cans and lower short fuel tank help improve mass-centralisation. Footrests are now two-way adjustable with 155mm up and 3mm back. The 43mm upside down forks now have independent damping, compression in left and rebound in right leg. Yamaha says this improves the damping response. As the forks are connected by the yokes and wheel spindle, it's all one unit balancing out properly. The rear shock has a new bottom link set-up and a new hydraulic preload adjuster. The steering damper is now speed sensitive and controlled electronically. The '09 Yamaha R1 carries the same six-piston caliper and 310mm disc set-up as the previous model. Discs are slightly lighter than before. The master cylinder lever ratio is improved and lightened by 25g and the lever shape itself is new. The rear tyre profile is improved for better side grip. Another advancement included on the 09 model is D-Mode Throttle Control Valve Mapping which allows a rider to choose between 3 distinct maps depending on the rider's environment such heavy traffic, highway and wet conditions.
Yamaha YZF-R1 Photos
Yamaha YZF-R1 Mileage
A fast-running jet on the roads, Yamaha YZF-R1 is an amalgamation of striking looks and consistent performance. The super bike delivers a mileage ranging at 18-20 kmpl.
Yamaha YZF-R1 Price , Variants And Color
The 2009 model YZF-R1 is available in Red and Blue colors in India. The YZF R1 has been launched with an ex-showroom price tag of 10.50 lakhs and the bike is available in New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmadabad initially.