The YZF-R1 benefits from MotoGP® technology - a
seven-level Traction Control system. The system
has been developed so the rider does not feel any
unnatural or harsh intervention from the system.
In addition, traction control can aid in reducing tire
wear due to less wheel spin. Coupled with the three
level D-Mode electronic throttle response control,
riders have 21 different choices available to tailor
the YZF-R1 to their riding preference.
This R1 keeps all the technological superiorities
developed for its predecessor: YCC-T® (Yamaha
Chip Controlled Throttle) is a 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.
In keeping with this machines exceptional cornering
ability and crisp handling, the aluminum frame
has been designed to offer exceptional rigidity
balance.The rear frame is lightweight Controlled-Fill
die-cast magnesium, contributing the optimum mass
centralization. Suspension includes YHSJ (Yamaha
Hydraluic System Japan) 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
rebound damping. And the rear shock adopts bottom
linkage for optimum suspension characteristics.
The sound on the YZF-R1 is unlike any other inline-four
cylinder production supersport. The precise and
throaty pulse of the exhaust note will have riders
enthused every time the thottle is opened.
Crossplane crankshaft technology proven in victory after
victory on MotoGP® machines provides a high-tech uneven
firing interval. Unlike typical inline-four engine design, where
the two outer and two inner pistons move together in pairs with
180°intervals, the crossplane crankshaft has each connecting
rod 90° with a unique firing order of 270° –180° – 90° – 180°.
This overcomes the inherent fluctuations in inertial torque
during each engine revolution, and the accompanying peaky
torque characteristics. Instead, combustion torque continues
to build, giving the rider more linear throttle response with
awesome power and traction out of the corners.
Seven-level Traction Control System allows the rider to get more
traction and drive while exiting corners.
To maximize rider comfort as well as power output, the engine
adopts a coupling-type balancer that rotates in the opposite
direction as the crankshaft.
This engine features forged aluminum pistons to take maximum
advantage of the power characteristics. Titanium intake valves
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 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 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 crosspla
crankshaft-equipped engine is unlike any other inline-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. There’s also
YCC-I, Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake, the variable intake system
that broadens the spread of power.
Have it your way, thanks to Yamaha D-MODE (or “Drive 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 engine response 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. The standard map is designed for
optimum overall performance. Selecting the map you want is as
easy as pressing a button on the handlebars.
The frame has 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. It is a sophisticated
combination of Controlled-Fill die-cast, stamping, and gravity
casting… the exact technology needed for each portion of this
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, reducing oil cavitation.
The rear shock features both high and low speed compression
damping plus an easy-to-use screw hydraulic adjustment for
preload. This unit also adopts a pillow-ball-type joint for excep
tional shock absorption, road hold feeling, and damper response.
To achieve maximum performance, a bottom linkage is used to
work with the rest of the chassis refinements for brilliant, crisp
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.
Top triple clamps add to the appearance of the YZF-R1, reminiscent
of those on the MotoGP® powerhouse YZR-M1.
LED position lights enhance the YZF-R1’s unique styling.
The instrumentation includes everything a rider wants to know, including gear position.