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posted September 08, 2008 12:08 PM        Edited By: frEEk on 9 Sep 2008 11:52
Yamaha Launches 2009 Model Lineup - All New R1, FZ6R and VStar 950

Straight from the dealer show in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, Yamaha has released their entire 2009 model lineup and Bikeland is there to give you the full report. Yamaha is introducing 3 new models for '09 including a brand-new R1. The new YZF-R1 should shake up the liter class yet again with some cool features - an all-new engine derived from their M1 MotoGP bike, hydraulic rear preload adjustment, new six piston brakes, and a very unique ram air intake system. Also new is the FZ6R and the VStar 950. Details and hundreds of photos are just a click away...

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2009 Yamaha YZF-R1
2009 Yamaha FZ6R
2009 V Star 950



2009 Yamaha YZF-R1

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Yamaha says:
Forget everything you ever knew about the supersport liter class. Because once you hear the growl of the all-new 2009 YZF-R1, it will become clear that this bike is unlike anything before.

It's all about power - delivery of power, to be exact. That's because the all-new R1 is the world's first production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. Originally pioneered in MotoGP racing with the M1, crossplane technology puts each crank pin 90 degrees from the next, with an uneven firing interval of 270-180-90-180 degrees. The result is incredibly smooth, roll-on power delivery with outrageous amounts of torque for a rush like you've never experienced before.

The unique shape of the crossplane crank smoothes out fluctuations in inertial crankshaft torque to provide very linear power delivery as the engine's combustion torque builds, giving the rider more linear throttle response with awesome power and traction exiting corners. Not just new, the R1's new crossplane crank engine represents a complete paradigm shift.

To make the crossplane crank viable an advanced ECU individually maps each cylinder's ignition and fuel injection timing. This powerful electronics package also controls Yamaha Chip Control Intake and Chip Control Throttle (YCC-I, YCC-T).

Also new for 2009 is the inclusion of D-MODE variable throttle control function that enables the rider to adjust performance characteristics to match a variety of riding conditions. In addition to standard mode mapped for optimum performance, the rider can select from A mode for sportier response in low to mid-speed range, and B mode for somewhat less sharp response for riding situations that require especially sensitive throttle operation. These 3 different maps at the push of a button allow the rider to choose the optimum power character for their riding situation.

This revolutionary new engine is housed in an equally advanced chassis. Control filled die-cast frame rails balance high vertical rigidity with relatively low lateral rigidity for increased high speed stability while improving handling, especially while leaned over during corner exit. A control filled die-cast magnesium sub frame cuts weight far from the center of balance and contributes to concentration of mass.

Visually the new R1 breaks new ground leading with twin projector beam headlights concentrated near newly placed forced air intake ducts. The sculpted body work features inner and outer shells controlling airflow around the bike at high speeds and forcing more cool air to the radiator and engine bay while eliminating the need for hot-air vents usually located at the sides of the radiator.

More than the just the next-generation of supersport; the 2009 YZF-R1 represents a major breakthrough in supersport technology and performance.

The new R1 will be available in dealerships nationwide beginning in January 2009 with a starting MSRP of $12,390. The 2009 R1 will be available in Raven/Candy Red, Pearl White/Rapid Red, Cadmium Yellow/Raven and Team Yamaha Blue/White.


Key Selling Points
1. In the supersport liter class, theres always lots of talk about power. You expect that. What you wouldnt have expected until now is a radically superior way to deliver that power. Introducing the 2009 YZF-R1, the first ever production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. Crossplane technology, first pioneered in MotoGP racing with the M1, puts each connecting rod 90° from the next, with an uneven firing interval of 270°- 180°- 90°- 180°. This uneven order does an amazing thing it actually lets power build more smoothly. That means smooth roll-on delivery out of the corners, with outrageous amounts of torque, followed by very strong high rpm power. Its a feeling thats simply unmatched, like having two engines in one: the low-rpm torquey feel of a twin with the raw, high-rpm power of an inline 4. In fact, the new YZF-R1 is not a continuation of existing supersport development; it is breakthrough technology that represents a paradigm shift in both technology and performance
2. This next-generation R1 keeps all the technological superiorities developed for its predecessor: YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) is MotoGP inspired fly-by-wire technology used to deliver instant throttle response. YCC-I is Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake which is a variable intake system that broadens the spread of power. The fuel injection system provides optimum air/fuel mixtures for maximum power and smooth throttle response.
3. The R1 features Yamaha D-MODE (or drive mode) with rider-selectable throttle control maps to program YCC-T performance characteristics for riding conditions. The standard map is designed for optimum overall performance. The A mode lets the rider enjoy sportier engine response in the low- to mid-speed range, and the B mode offers response that is somewhat less sharp response for riding situations that require especially sensitive throttle operation. Switching maps is as easy as pushing a button on the handlebar switch.
4. In keeping with this machines exceptional cornering ability and crisp handling, the all new aluminum frame has been designed to offer exceptional rigidity balance. The rear frame is now lightweight CF die-cast magnesium, contributing the optimum mass centralization. Suspension includes new SOQI front forks which use one of the tricks developed for our winning MotoGP bikes: independent damping. The left fork handles compression damping and the right side handles the rebound damping. And the rear shock adopts new bottom linkage for optimum suspension characteristics. Want even more? For the first time, R1 comes standard with an electronic steering damper.
5. All new bodywork does more than add break-away-from-the-crowd styling. Completely new, the new model has a more serious, less busy look. The side fairing is smoother for a sleeker appearance. And, instead of the usual four-bulb headlight design, the 09 model now has only two projector-type bulbs mounted closer to the nose of the bike. This positions ram air ducts closer in for a more compact, smooth look. In addition, the rounded lenses are new and unique to the supersport industry.


Features
ENGINE:
- Crossplane crankshaft technology proven in victory after victory on MotoGP machines provides a high-tech uneven firing interval. Unlike typical in-line-four engine design, where the two outer and two inner pistons move together in pairs with 180° intervals, the crossplane crankshaft has each piston at 90° from the next with a unique firing order of 270° 180° 90° 180°. This overcomes the inherent fluctuation in inertial torque with each revolution, and peaky torque characteristics, so torque continues to build for awesome power and traction out of the corners.
- To maximize rider comfort as well as power output, this newly designed engine adopts a coupling-type balancer that rotates in the opposite direction as the crankshaft.
- This engine features new forged aluminum pistons to take maximum advantage of the power characteristics. As proven on previous models, titanium intake valves are lightweight titanium.
- A forced-air intake system is adopted to increase intake efficiency by using the natural airflow during riding to pressurize the air in the air cleaner box. This contributes to outstanding power delivery characteristics in the high-speed range, while the design also helps to minimize intake noise.
- Slipper-type back torque-limiting clutch greatly facilitates braking/downshifting from high speed.
- The exhaust system is completely new. Its meticulously designed to enhance engine output while, thanks to its three-way catalyst technology, also reducing exhaust emissions. The silencer is a single expansion type, and, the sound coming through from the unique crossplane-crankshaft-equipped engine is unlike any other in-line four cylinder production supersport.
- This fuel-injected engine takes full advantage of YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle), the MotoGP-inspired fly-by-wire technology used to deliver instant throttle response. Theres also YCC-I, Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake, the variable intake system that broadens the spread of power. Fuel injectors have 12 holes for precise fuel delivery that translates to the most power from every fuel charge.
- Have it your way, thanks to Yamaha D-MODE variable throttle control. There are three modes that control how YCC-T responds to throttle input from the rider. The selectable A mode puts more emphasis on acceleration in low to midrange rpm. B mode, on the other hand, provides less sharp response to input for riding situations that require especially sensitive throttle operation. Selecting the map you want is as easy as pressing button on the handlebars.

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION:
- The frame is completely revamped, with a combination of uncompromising rigidity where needed along with carefully achieved flex for the precise rigidity balance this bike needs to give the rider the full benefit of its handling and engine characteristics. No one-technique-fits-all-needs design, it is a sophisticated combination of CF die-cast, stamping, and gravity castingthe exact technology needed for each portion of this advanced frame.
- New SOQI front forks take a page from the championship-winning design of our MotoGP weapon, the M1. Since both forks always move together, compression damping duties can be confined to the left fork, while rebound damping is precisely handled by the right fork.
- The new SOQI rear shock both high and low speed compression damping plus an easy-to-use screw adjustment for preload. This unit also adopts a pillow-ball-type joint for exceptional shock absorption, road hold feeling, and damper response. To achieve maximum performance, a new bottom linkage is used to work with the rest of the chassis refinements for brilliant, crisp handling characteristics.
- Factory racers get machines tailored to their preferences. Welcome to the club. R1 has adjustable footrests, with a 15mm height and 3mm front-to-rear adjustment.
- Long valued equipment on the track, an electronically actuated steering damper is standard equipment on the new R1.
- The press-formed fuel tank has a shape developed using 3-D simulation analysis technology. The elongated shape of the tank allows it to fit neatly within the frame in a way that promotes concentration of mass.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:
- The newly designed instrumentation includes everything a rider wants to know, including gear position.


Specs
Model: YZFR1YL; YZFR1YY; YZFR1YB; YZFR1YW
Engine Type: 998cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 16 valves (titanium valves)
Bore x Stroke: 78.0mm X 52.2mm
Compression Ratio: 12.7:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Transmission: 6-speed w/multi-plate slipper clutch
Final Drive: #530 O-ring chain
Suspension/Front: 43mm inverted fork; fully adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock w/piggyback reservoir; 4-way adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Brakes/Front: Dual 310mm disc; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers
Brake/Rear: 220mm disc; single-piston caliper
Tire/Front: 120/70ZR17M/C 58W
Tire/Rear: 190/55ZR17M/C 75W
L x W x H: 81.1 x 28.1 x 44.5 in
Seat Height: 32.8 in
Wheelbase: 55.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle): 24.0°
Trail: 4.0 in
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gal
*Wet Weight: 454 lb
Color: Team Yamaha Blue/White; Cadmium Yellow; Raven; Pearl White

* Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as applicable) and a full tank of fuel. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.


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2009 Yamaha FZ6R

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Yamaha says:
With the 2009 FZ6R Yamaha is redefining what to expect from an entry level sport bike. That's why the FZ6R is packed with features that belie its price point; like a torquey 600cc four cylinder engine, fuel injection and a sleek full fairing. New comers to the sport will especially appreciate the low seat height and handlebars that put the rider comfortably in control and anyone can appreciate build quality usually reserved for models costing thousands of dollars more.

Starting with the proven power plant from our championship winning supersport bikes the engine in the FZ6R has been optimized for smooth, usable power. The cylinder head, crankcase, intake and exhaust system and clutch and shifter have been designed to create an entirely new engine character. The end result is a fun to ride motorcycle that will appeal to entry-level riders that they won't soon outgrow.

An all new diamond-shaped steel frame keeps the seat height low enough to comfortably reach the ground while allowing responsive handling. A solidly mounted engine allows for the optimum balance of high vertical rigidity and comparatively low lateral rigidity for stability at speed and sharp cornering performance.

Stylish bodywork lends the FZ6R a sporty aggressive look, borrowing aggressive lines from the YZF-R series with more extensive wind protection to match the more upright seating position. A low mount exhaust keeps the mass centralized while adding to the aggressive modern look of the bike.

Now what's your excuse for not getting the cool sportbike you always wanted?

The new FZ6R will be available in dealerships nationwide beginning in January 2009 with a starting MSRP of $6,990. The 2009 FZ6R will be available in Team Yamaha Blue/White, Pearl White, Cadmium Yellow and Raven.


Key Selling Points
1. A rider in the market for an entry level or commuter 600cc bike doesnt have to compromise performance or style to get value: introducing the new 2009 FZ6R! Its a great combination of performance, handling, and exciting sport bike style, but also with a low seat height thats both adjustable to fit a wider variety of riders and also narrower where it counts to make it even easier to put both feet on the ground.
2. The newly designed engine delivers smooth power just the way todays rider needs it, brisk acceleration with plenty of torque that makes it a pleasure to get around town, with lots in reserve for when you want more. This is certainly not a no frills motor. Its based on the awesome, previous-generation R6 motor, fuel injected and tuned for real world street riding with no-hassle reliability and all-day comfort.
3. Even if your primary goal is commuting to school or work, you want to be able to get out and have fun riding some twisty back roads. The FZ6R is ready to put a grin on your face! The newly designed diamond-shaped frame made of high-tensile steel pipes, using the engine as a structural member of the chassis, becomes the foundation for handling performance. Its designed to provide the right rigidity balance to contribute to smooth cornering performance.
4. When it comes to putting power to the pavement, the new FZ6R uses nothing less than quality radial tires, 120/70R 17-inch front and 160/16R 17-inch rear. And this bikes excellent stopping performance is due to dual 298mm front discs and a 245mm rear disc, both with comfortable to use controls.


Features
ENGINE:
- With its heritage firmly rooted in the power plant from an earlier generation R6, the engine in the FZ6R has been carefully updated to meet the demands of todays motorcyclist. This new engine optimizes the entire flow from the intake of the fuel-air mixture to combustion and exhaust. The cylinder head, crankcase, intake and exhaust system, and clutch and shifter have been completely redesigned, creating a power unit with an entirely new character, even though it shares bore and stroke dimensions and compression ratio with the previous FZ6.
- The 600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke in-line 4-cylinder engine is ready to respond with smooth, linear performance when the rider twists the throttle. Maximum output is achieved at a spirited 10,000 rpm and maximum torque is obtained at 9000 rpm. Bottom line: Its outstanding torquey low to mid rpm engine performance is just right for someone who enjoys commuting to work or school or riding the canyons on the weekends.
- Lightweight forged aluminum pistons are used. Because the aluminum alloy is heated and formed under pressure without having to melt it completely as in conventional casting techniques, the strength of the original metallurgic matrix of the aluminum is maintained. As a result, a forged piston is stronger than a cast one and can thus be designed for lighter weight, which contributes to a reduction in vibration. In fact, many riders will be surprised at how smooth this motor is.
- The 32-bit ECU controls the four-hole, two-direction, high-dynamic-range type fuel injectors for superior injection control. By delivering the precise fuel-air mixture needed for conditions, the engine can deliver better power and better fuel economy.
- Much like many of todays high end sport bikes, the FZ6R has a 4-into-2-into-1 midship exhaust. Not only does it provide a throaty, yet comfortably quiet exhaust note, the system also includes 3-way catalytic converter technology to reduce exhaust emissions.

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION:
- With its exciting sport bike looks, onlookers will know this isnt just another middleweight bike. Theres no mistaking Yamahas high-performance heritage in this new FZ6R.
- The seat has separate front and rear sections, and the riders seat features an innovative height adjustment mechanism. The seat can be set 20mm just over 3/4 of an inch higher for taller riders, a change that can make a big difference on an all-day ride.
- The overall chassis rigidity has been designed to provide both excellent handling and all-day comfort. In order to further enhance the smoothness and comfort of the ride, the front-end dimensions a have been optimized, including a caster angle of 26° and trail of 103.5mm, contributing a bike that has great steering feeling, making the bike even more of a pleasure to ride.
- The front suspension has sturdy 41mm inner tubes, matched to a die-cast aluminum upper triple clamp and forged-steel under bracket, providing superior cushioning performance and good front-end feel. Wheel travel is a generous 5.1 inches to help soak up those bumps in the road.
- The rear suspension is lightweight and contributes to the centralization of mass, and the mono-cross suspension provides excellent wheel travel, a full 5.1 inches. Superior road hugging performance has been achieved with optimally designed damping-force valves and oil channels.
- This bike boasts hydraulic discs front and rear. The 298mm diameter front discs are lightweight for reduced unsprung weight, while the single rear disc is 245mm, and the brakes feature semi-metallic pads. The brakes have been designed to offer great feel and superb braking ability.
- FZ6R mounts tubeless radial tires on cast aluminum wheels. While their lightweight construction helps centralize mass, they also help contribute to agile handling.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:
- The new meter panel gives the rider plenty of feedback, including a digital display speedometer, analog tachometer, odometer/ tripmeter, fuel gauge, and water coolant gauge
- Body work has an exterior coating for superior shine.


Specs
Model: FZ6RYY; FZ6RYB; FZ6RYL; FZ6RYW
Engine Type: 600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 16 valves
Bore x Stroke: 65.5 x 44.5mm
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Carburetion: Fuel Injection
Ignition: Digital TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Transmission: 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Suspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 5.1-in.travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock, 5.1-in travel
Brakes/Front: Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brake/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 245mm
Tire/Front: 120/70 ZR17M/C 58W
Tire/Rear: 160/60 ZR17M/C 69W
L x W x H: 83.5 x 30.3 x 46.7 in
Seat Height: 30.9 in
Wheelbase: 56.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle): 26.0°
Trail: 4.1 in
Fuel Capacity: 4.6 gal
*Wet Weight: 410 lb
Color: Cadmium Yellow; Raven; Team Yamaha Blue/White; Pearl White

* Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as applicable) and a full tank of fuel. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.


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2009 V Star 950

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Yamaha says:
Entry level doesn't have to mean easily outgrown. The new V Star 950 packs a lot of cruiser muscle into a class that isn't used to seeing this much motorcycle. From its sweeping modern lines to its torquey V-Twin engine, the latest V Star is the first cruiser in its class that doesn't cut corners.

The first thing you'll notice about the V Star 950 is the sporty, dynamic styling. Leading the way is a fat front tire wrapped around a beautifully finished front wheel, with only one rotor up front so you can get an eyeful of it. With no radiator blocking the view of the air-cooled 60° V-Twin engine you can get a good look at the blacked out cylinders and polished cooling fins. The long flattened profile of the gas tank draws your eyes rearward while a cut off rear fender finishes off the streamlined design. The overall look takes classic low and lean cruiser styling and brings in just enough modern flair to let you know that this isn't your grandfather's cruiser.

Cruiser engines need to sound and feel a certain way, with big pulsing power and the sound and feel to back it up. The V Star 950 does just that with a single crank pin 60° V-twin tuned to let you know you're riding a cruiser. The combined crankshaft inertia, cam profile and fuel injection tuning all work together to create a relaxed loping engine cadence, which produces smooth responsive power. Air cooling keeps things simple and compact and Star's legendary reliability means you'll spend more time on the road and not in the shop.

If the open road is your destination the V Star 950 Tourer is ready to roll. Equipped with saddlebags, windshield and a passenger backrest the Tourer has everything you need to hit the road for a long weekend or a couple of weeks.

Of course the newest Star comes with great features you can't get anywhere else like steel fenders, belt drive, top quality paint and plenty of accessories to make it your own - entry-level just got a lot more appealing.

The new V Star 950 will be available in Star motorcycle dealerships nationwide beginning in November 2009 with a starting MSRP of $7,890. The V Star 950 is available in standard and touring versions. The V Star 950 comes in Raven, Candy Red and Tommy Blue. The V Star 950 Tourer comes in Raven, Black Cherry and Liquid Silver.


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Source: Bikeland.org & Yamaha Motor Corp USA

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frEEk


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posted September 08, 2008 12:46 PM        
I'm liking the R1 in black. And I'm REALLY interested in some of the new bits of hardware/tech on this thing.
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posted September 08, 2008 02:43 PM        
curious to hear and see that output of the r1..... interesting
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posted September 08, 2008 06:26 PM        
just landed back from vegas.... new R1 is NICCCEEE!
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posted September 08, 2008 07:11 PM        
Nice and heavy ..........
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posted September 08, 2008 07:15 PM        
quote:
just landed back from vegas.... new R1 is NICCCEEE!


Wanta bet my 05 10R will still rips it's nuts off and feed them to the R6..... What a fat bike!! LOL
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posted September 08, 2008 08:41 PM        
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Nice and heavy ..........


huh? 454 WET... that ain't heavy!!!
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posted September 09, 2008 02:25 AM        
Not sure about the headlights on the R1, they look a bit bug-eyed to me.
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posted September 09, 2008 07:28 AM        
"Not sure about the headlights on the R1, they look a bit bug-eyed to me."

Agreed

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posted September 09, 2008 07:36 AM        
Is there anything less exciting than a porky R1 with a map switch? I don't think so.....

The R1 was 438 lbs. wet in 02 (As measured by Sport Rider)....

Is this progress?

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posted September 09, 2008 08:14 AM        
go get one steve!
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posted September 09, 2008 09:18 AM        
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"Not sure about the headlights on the R1, they look a bit bug-eyed to me."

Agreed



I voted yes on that statement

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posted September 09, 2008 09:25 PM        
2009 R1 Launch Video
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posted May 06, 2009 11:51 PM        
The black one looks like a stick insect !
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posted May 07, 2009 12:40 AM        
Even some Hondas have flushmount signals now, sheesh.

I find the new FZ6R more interesting than the R1. It looks a little front heavy but that is the styling - I bet it would be a lot of fun. Would love to compare it to my Ninja 650 w/ Leo Vince.

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posted May 07, 2009 03:45 AM        Edited By: Newf14 on 7 May 2009 10:45
My friend has a new R1 at idle it sounds like a cruser, and moving it has the same sound.I aint to impressed with it at all, I also seen somewhere this bike only makes 2 more hp than last years R1 to the wheel, Not much in gaind if you ask me....

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posted May 07, 2009 05:58 PM        
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My friend has a new R1 at idle it sounds like a cruser, and moving it has the same sound.I aint to impressed with it at all, I also seen somewhere this bike only makes 2 more hp than last years R1 to the wheel, Not much in gaind if you ask me....

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It actually might be down on power up top- like the R6,
but the midrange is nasty! I have riden most of the
newer japanese bikes (with very few exceptions) and
this R1 has more grunt midrange than anything else IMHO.

Stock vs. stock I'd be very surprised if any other liter bike
will keep up with this thing in roll ons... apart from the twice
more expensive exotics.

I hate the fact that the R1 keeps getting heavier with every
new generation though- lap times can't be much better.
And the looks are... well, look at it again.
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posted May 21, 2009 07:50 AM        Edited By: katherine04 on 21 May 2009 14:51
this is an interesting discussion.. thank you for sharing

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posted May 22, 2009 07:15 AM        
Steve- how's the riding position after a few hours? Vbiration
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posted May 22, 2009 07:28 AM        
quote:
Steve- how's the riding position after a few hours? Vbiration


Maybe you're askign another Steve, if so forgive my reply -

I'm not into the '09 enough to buy one, the jury is still out on it.

The '08 I bought just because I nhever owned a Yami the riding position is fine. Its been my favorite bike yet for 300-500 mile a day hard twistie mountain runs. The '07s and '08s were the change in position and seat material and such.

Honestly, the 20K Aprilia V4 is the hot bike for '09. Its rumored Honda is going to come out with an affordable version.

I don't know who will come out with what next, but I'm on the sidelines waiting for something totally sarcastic. Hope 2010 is the year!
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posted May 22, 2009 04:27 PM        
Alright guys, I drove the new 2009 R1 today! Had it out for 30 mins.

This motor is WAY improved over the 2006 I have ridden. Low end power is improved 100%. The stock mufflers sound nice and deep, with a good grunt!
I rode it on A setting. A = insane power.
I tried B and STD settings, B is a DOG.

Wow, is it small compared the ZX14!!! Handling was nice, turned street corners 100 times better than the heavy 14.

I do have to tell you though, the R1 sure doesn't have the raw power the ZX14 has!!
I get back on my ZX14 and quickly realize how I have to be careful with the throttle!!

I am not sold on the new R1, but I do love the motor. I would like to take a new ZX10 for a blast...soon to come!!


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posted May 22, 2009 06:33 PM        
the Aprilia V4 is the winning litre bike for this year
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2010 Concours14
'08 R1 YAMAHA
ZX14 gone!
CBR600RR track bike

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posted May 22, 2009 08:21 PM        
Oh Yeah, this is getting good! > "I rode it on A setting. A = insane power."

"I do have to tell you though, the R1 sure doesn't have the raw power the ZX14 has!!"
"I get back on my ZX14 and quickly realize how I have to be careful with the throttle!!"

Cross my legs plain. Keels overs. Takes a breath. Now what do I do with them? Touch A, my smaller nut, or B, switch to my bigger ball?

No.

C... Cough to the right...

NEXT!
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way too much light in the place is shoot the lights out and make it really dark inn year ear is F YO and the bike you clanked in on.

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