All Tests – Is the new 2009 Yamaha R1 as good as the M1? – An essential reference

The new 2009 Yamaha R1 as sturdy as the M1 ?

All Tests - Is the new 2009 Yamaha R1 as good as the M1? - An essential reference

At the dawn of its official launch in French dealerships, what does the new irregular Cross Plane setting of the new Yamaha R1 give? Head to the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia. Engine… Action … Test !

An essential reference

1998-2009: the (r) evolutions of the R1


  • New narrower frame (-64 mm)

  • Increase in the diameter of the fork tubes (from 41 to 43 mm)

  • Replacing the carburetor rail with an injection feed


  • The engine becomes super square (70×53.6 mm) and the maximum speed now peaks at 12,500 rpm, i.e. 2,000 rpm more

  • Adoption of forced air system

  • Radial mounting of calipers and master cylinder

    2007 (read our)

  • Abandonment of the 20 valve cylinder head

  • Electronically managed gas control (Yamaha Chip Controled Trottle, YCC-T)

  • Device which modifies the length of the intake pipes according to the engine speed (Yamaha Chip Controled Intake, YCC-I )

  • Three-way catalytic converter

    2009 (read)

  • 90 ° crankshaft

  • Ceramic composite coated piston heads

  • D-Mode mapping

  • Front fork with left and right damping mechanism with different roles

  • 190/55/17 high profile rear tire

  • Red frame version (only for the white color "Competition White")
  • Appeared in 1998 to replace an aging FZR 1000 (1987-1995) and occupy the land left free while boosting a growing category, the YZF-R1 began its career with a 20-valve engine whose lineage with the previous generation is hard to deny.

    The Yamaha R1 has been traveling the roads of France for 11 years…

    Radical and sculpted for the attack, Yamaha tumbles into the middle of a 900 cc hypersports yard led by the Honda CBR, quickly overtaken by the new guns imposed by the R1 which, without ever forgetting its roots, remains today still an essential reference of the genre.

    On the eve of its official launch in Yamaha dealerships, what does the new 2009 R1 give to use? Test drive at the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia. Motor … action !

    The 2009 YZF-R1 combines the extraordinary with what has become conventional

    Developed in consultation with MotoGP Doctor Valentino Rossi, the sixth generation of the Yamaha YZF-R1 plays the resemblance to the YZR-M1 of the world champion.

    Long ruled by the quest for power – often to the detriment of everything else! -, the "sporty for drivers" category now focuses on ease of operation, particularly in bends.

    For the 2009 model, the team led by project manager R1 Toyishi Nishida brought out the GENICH concept dear to the brand (Genesis in Electronic engineering aimed at New, Innovative Control technology based on Human sensibilities, not to be confused with the heifer, this young cow which rather occupies the minds of the employees of the Aubervilliers slaughterhouses), which gives pride of place to the sensations of piloting, in particular through systems such as the YCC-I and the YCC-T (read).

    Engineers also got their hands on the 2007 brake system, the two-way rear shock absorber, the 16-valve cylinder head, the rigid frame "ideal"(barely modified) and much of what was more" hype "on the 2007 model. So what’s new Doc ‘ ?

    To reduce the technological gap with the Doctor’s M1 and increase performance, the crankshaft timing becomes irregular (i.e. 270 ° – 180 ° – 90 ° – 180 ° respectively, against 180 ° – 180 ° – 180 ° – 180 ° for the conventional timing of a four-cylinder in-line) and the cylinder firing order is modified (1-4-2-3) to adapt to this organization where the pistons no longer rise two by two at the same time, but one by one.

    Achieving this feat while respecting the now traditional 998 cc of the 1998 engine required a significant adjustment of the combustion volume: the diameter of the cylinders (bore 78 mm) was increased and the stroke (52.2 mm) slightly reduced. The compression ratio remains unchanged (12.7: 1).

    Concerned about the man / machine ratio, Hideki Fujiwara’s team (R1 engine project manager) has specially created the "D-Mode" mapping, the action of which consists in modifying from the handlebars the degree of aggressiveness of the R1 according to three levels: in standard mode, the behavior is uniform and the power is distributed regularly. In mode A, the reaction of the motor is sharp … And in Mode B, the curve of the motor becomes rounded.

    The front fork also brings its share of innovations: the right tube manages the rebound and rebound damping while the left tube takes care of the compression damping.

    The new multifunction dashboard displays all the information that allows you to operate the motorcycle with confidence (speed, engine speed, coolant temperature, gear engaged, etc.) with an additional intake air temperature indicator..

    Before getting in the saddle, note that Yamaha will deliver its new 2009 R1 in three colors: Yamaha Blue, Midnight Black and Competition White with red frame (wow!) At a price of € 15,290 incl. VAT, turnkey (compared to € 13,990 for the model). previous).

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