Yamaha YZF-R1 (2009 - 2011) review

Details
Manufacturer:
Yamaha
Category:
Sportsbikes
Price:
£ 10100
Overall
5
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It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the 2009 Yamaha R1. We’ve all been teased with the pictures and the soundtracks, we even got to touch it at the NEC bike show, but no one could have anticipated the amazing riding experience Yamaha had in store.

Manufacturers are always keen to tell us we are riding around on sports bikes full of technology developed from MotoGP racing. Sometimes we’re told it’s engine electronics or chassis construction, but we never really know if it has filtered down from GP, and we certainly can’t tell.

This time it’s different.

From the moment you hit the starter button a whole new world of sports bike riding begins to unfold. In fact this new R1 was already up and running when the 2007 R1 was launched. The Japanese admit this has been an expensive and complicated project, but they believe their hard work over the past three years has resulted in absolute perfection for sports bike riders.

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It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the 2009 Yamaha R1. We’ve all been teased with the pictures and the soundtracks, we even got to touch it at the NEC bike show, but no one could have anticipated the amazing riding experience Yamaha had in store.

Manufacturers are always keen to tell us we are riding around on sports bikes full of technology developed from MotoGP racing. Sometimes we’re told it’s engine electronics or chassis construction, but we never really know if it has filtered down from GP, and we certainly can’t tell.

This time it’s different.

From the moment you hit the starter button a whole new world of sports bike riding begins to unfold. In fact this new R1 was already up and running when the 2007 R1 was launched. The Japanese admit this has been an expensive and complicated project, but they believe their hard work over the past three years has resulted in absolute perfection for sports bike riders.

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Price: £10,103

Front suspension: 43mm USD fork, fully adjustable

Rear suspension: Monoshock, fully adjustable

Front brake: 310mm discs, six piston calipers

Rear brake: Single 220mm disc, two piston caliper

Wet weight: 206kg

Seat height: 820mm

Fuel capacity: 18 Litres

Colours: White, Blue, Black

Engine: Liquid cooled, 16 valve, inline four, 998cc

Power: 182bhp @ 12,500rpm

Torque: 85 ft.lb @ 10,000rpm

Top speed: 185mph (est)

Score Breakdown
Overall
5
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