Yamaha YZF-R 1

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The Yamaha YZF-R 1 - R1 for short - is a motorcycle in the super sports / superbikes category from the R series from the Japanese manufacturer Yamaha Motor .


1997-1999 RN01

The first model was presented to the world public on September 15, 1997 at the EICMA motorcycle fair in Milan and had the internal code no. 08R. The R 1 was a completely redesigned motorcycle. The engine output at market launch was 110 kW (150 hp) with a maximum torque of 108 Nm and a dry weight of 177 kg. At 65.3 kg, the 11.8: 1 compressed, 998 cm³ engine was 9.5 kg lighter and 81 mm shorter than that of its predecessor, the YZF 1000 R Thunderace . The fuel-air mixture delivered four 40-mm Mikuni - carburetor . In the engine, the housing-cylinder unit was cast in one piece and served as a load-bearing chassis element. The chassis consisted of a stiff aluminum bridge frame, an upside-down fork and an aluminum two-armed swing arm with upper pull. A 1,395 mm short wheelbase , a steep steering head angle of 66 ° and just 92 mm caster were further key data of the radical machine. The very short engine also allowed a very long swing arm of 582 mm and thus brought more traction .

New registrations in Germany: 6157

Yamaha YZF-R 1, RN04, 2001
Yamaha YZF-R 1, RN01, 1998

2000-2001 RN04

In the 2000 model year, the R 1 was revised in numerous points. These include lower mechanical engine noise, a weight reduction of 2 kg, improved (more linear) power delivery, lighter titanium rear silencers, improved transmission function, fewer plastic parts and modified aerodynamics.

New registrations in Germany: 4343

2002-2003 RN09

In 2002 Yamaha introduced the third generation of the R 1, in which almost all parts were new or further developed. The motorcycle now had intake manifold injection , a new fairing, a screwed - previously welded - rear frame and a newly designed Deltabox III frame. The maximum output was 112 kW (152 hp) at 10,500 min -1 .

The power delivery was changed. Because the engines of the first generation offered from 3.000 min -1 an abruptly increasing torque, which overwhelmed even some experienced driver. There were several serious falls from highsiders , i.e. a spinning rear wheel, with the rider being thrown upwards by strong swiveling, which is more likely to lead to serious injuries than slipping away on the lowsider . From model year 2002 onwards, this problem was addressed with a more even performance characteristic. As a result, the Yamaha R 1 no longer seemed so powerful, but the number of accidents fell. In the 2002 and 2003 models, the throttle response was also smoother, which further improved drivability.

New registrations in Germany: 4473

Yamaha YZF-R1, RN09, 2002, here with handlebar conversion

2004-2005 RN12

Yamaha YZF-R 1, RN12, 2004

The fourth R 1 generation appeared in 2004 as a reaction to the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 , which was heavily revised in 2003 and which emerged as the superior winner in all comparative tests in the trade press. In addition, Honda presented its new CBR 1000 RR Fireblade in 2004 , which was now also strengthened to a full liter displacement . Once again, the R 1 was completely revised with the generation change. The Japanese engineers succeeded in increasing the peak output of the now very high-revving engine by 13% to 172 hp through higher compression , larger cylinder bore and shorter piston stroke, larger free valve cross-sections and fine work on almost every engine detail. Another new feature was a ram-air pressure system, with which around 10 hp more power was achieved at top speed. The aerodynamics was an integrated into the rear end silencer improved. In addition, a steering damper was installed as standard for the first time .

New registrations in Germany: 5530

Yamaha R 1 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, RN12, 2006
Yamaha YZF-R 1 SP with Öhlins chassis and forged Marchesini rims (2006)

2006 RN12 "Facelift"

In 2006, the top performance was increased by three to 175 hp by revising the intake and exhaust ports. A 20 mm longer swing arm and the fifth generation Deltabox frame were further changes. In addition to the normal R 1, a limited edition YZF-R 1 SP was offered with a special paint finish, anti-hopping clutch , high-quality Öhlins spring elements and light and elegant Marchesini forged wheels.

New registrations in Germany: 1826

2007 RN19

For the 2007 model year, a heavily revised fifth generation of the YZF-R 1 was presented at the Intermot in Cologne . The new version is technically very similar to the 2006 YZF-R 6 . For example, Yamaha also installed the YCC-T drive-by-wire system (electronic throttle valve control) in the new R 1 , in which the throttle valves are opened by means of a servomotor and closed by means of a cable. In addition, it has suction pipes that are electronically adjustable in length (YCC-I). After a long 5-valve tradition, Yamaha is now returning to 4 valves per cylinder to give the engine more torque in the lower and middle speed range. Other innovations include a 6-piston front brake, a steering damper and an anti-hopping clutch . Yamaha specifies a maximum output of 132 kW (180 PS) for the new YZF-R 1 (139 kW (189 PS) with a dynamic pressure system) at a dry weight of 177 kg.

New registrations in Germany: 3462

2009 RN22

The R1 has had a crossplane crankshaft since 2009 , which distinguishes it from important competitors. With the 90 ° crank pin offset and appropriately coordinated firing order, the in-line four-cylinder sounds like a V4 engine ("Big Bang"). In the mid-rev range, more power is offered than in the predecessor. The look with the two "bulging eyes" headlights and the voluminous underseat silencer was initially controversial. With a full tank, the heaviest of the R1 weighs 214 kg. From 2012 there will only be traction control. An ABS is not offered until the end.

Yamaha YZF-R1, RN22, 2009

New registrations in Germany: 32661

2015 RN32

After 6 years, the successor will be presented in 2015. With 200 HP and 199 kg empty weight, the weight of the original R1 is reached again. In addition, the R1 got a complete electronics package. Consists of: Launch Control, Slide Control, Traction Control and Wheelie Control, as well as 4 different power modes. ABS is a matter of course. The test riders attest to the RN32's very compact seating position (but not uncomfortable and also suitable for taller riders) and the driving experience that this motorcycle comes very close to a racing motorcycle.

2017 RN49

For 2017, among other things, the electronics and the 4-in-2-in-1 titanium exhaust system were adapted to the Euro 4 regulations.

Technical specifications

model 1998/1999 (RN01) 2000/2001 (RN04) 2002/2003 (RN09) 2004/2005 (RN12) 2006 (RN12) 2007 (RN19) 2009 (RN22) 2015 (RN32) 2017 (RN49)
engine In-line four-cylinder, 4-stroke, water cooling , DOHC , 20 valves, EXUP exhaust control In-line four-cylinder, 4-stroke, water cooling , DOHC , 16 valves, YCC-I inlet control, EXUP exhaust control In-line four-cylinder, 4-stroke, crossplane crankshaft, water cooling , DOHC , 16 valves, YCC-I intake control
Bore / stroke 74.0 x 58.0 mm 77.0 x 53.6 mm 78.0 x 52.2 mm 79.0 x 50.9 mm
Displacement 998 cc
compression 11.8: 1 12.3: 1 12.4: 1 12.7: 1 13.0: 1
Mixture preparation Carburetor type Carburetor, Mikuni BDSR41, Ø 41 mm Carburetor type Carburetor, Mikuni BDSR41 / 4, Ø 41 mm Manifold injection
Exhaust gas treatment - U-cat G-Cat
rated capacity 110 kW (150 PS)
at 10,000 rpm
112 kW (152 hp)
at 10,500 rpm
126 kW (172 hp)
at 12,500 rpm
129 kW (175 hp)
at 12,500 rpm
132 kW (180 PS)
at 12,500 rpm
134 kW (182 PS)
at 12,500 rpm without a back pressure system
147 kW (200 PS)
at 13,500 rpm without a back pressure system
Max. Torque 108 Nm
at 8,500 rpm
105 Nm
at 8,500 rpm
107 Nm
at 10,500 rpm
113 Nm
at 10,000 rpm
116 Nm
at 10,000 rpm
112 Nm
at 11,500 rpm
transmission 6 gear
wheelbase 1395 mm 1415 mm 1405 mm
frame Deltabox II aluminum bridge frame Deltabox-III-Al.-Br. Deltabox-IV-Al.-Br. Deltabox-V-Al.-Br. Deltabox-VI-Al.-Br.
Front wheel mount Upside-down fork 43 mm Ø upside-down fork
Rear wheel mount Central spring strut with expansion tank Aluminum double swing arm with central spring strut
Brakes in front Double disc brake, Ø 298 mm with 4-piston fixed calipers Double disc brake, Ø 320 mm with 4-piston fixed calipers Double disc brake, Ø 310 mm with 6-piston fixed calipers Double disc brake, Ø 320 mm with 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear brakes Disc brake, Ø 245 mm Disc brake, Ø 220 mm Disc brake, Ø 220 mm with 1-piston floating caliper
Dry weight / ready to drive 177 kg 175 kg / 194 kg 174 kg / 193 kg 173 kg 172 kg / 203 kg 177 kg 189 kg / 214 kg 181 kg / 199 kg

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