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2009 Yamaha R1 Preview


While Yamaha is naturally tight-lipped about its upcoming new bikes, we're confident we'll be seeing the debut of an all-new R1 flagship this fall. Not surprisingly, Yamaha wants to keep this news confidential, so we don't yet have official pictures of such a machine, but we’ve come up with some images that suggest what the ground-up redo of the new R1 might look like.

In 2008, Yamaha's YZF-R1 reached the 10-year anniversary of its introduction. In 1998 the 150-horsepower R1 was nothing less than revolution. While being more vicious than the rest, it left the 143-horsepower 1998 Kawasaki ZX-9R for dead. Honda and Suzuki were nowhere near and got caught with their pants down. It took three full years for the others to catch up, and only Suzuki managed to take away the literbike crown with the all-new GSX-R1000 in 2001.

Product cycles for Japanese sportbikes usually follow a two-year pattern. The '98 R1 was followed with a revised version in 2000, then with another revamp in '02. An all-new R1 debuted in 2004, boasting a more oversquare (77.0 x 53.6mm bore/stroke) engine architecture and sexy new styling. It was such a successful design that Yamaha kept with the same platform until its update in 2007 that saw the introduction of a slipper clutch, variable-length intakes and a new four-valve cylinder head.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-29-2008, 01:14 PM
 
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I can't wait to see what they answer the new Honda with...
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It looks nice, I like the color combination.
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Yea well don't get too excited yet. These industry insider guesses are rarely correct. Tho' in this case I'd love to see it. That exhaust port is right up my alley! I love the "GP" look and hope that it'll stick around for awhile!

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We'll see...sounds promising but as stated....can't put too much stock in the preliminary reports.
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We'll see...sounds promising but as stated....can't put too much stock in the preliminary reports.
Yep that's the truth! Remember the 'Busa killing BMW all the mags were ranting about? The Honda CBR1100XX and how fast it was going to be? I don't think they're ever 100% right.

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Yep that's the truth! Remember the 'Busa killing BMW all the mags were ranting about? The Honda CBR1100XX and how fast it was going to be? I don't think they're ever 100% right.
No kidding...anything to sell a mag and presale the bikes.
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If that's what it really is going to look like, I'm going to sell my gixxer and get one. So sexy...
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that's a sexy bike
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ahh so sexy
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ahh i need posts
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two sexy
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