Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Yamaha 2010 YZF-R1 and R1 LE

Photo Credit: Yamaha

The Yamaha homepage features details on the LE Limited Edition R1, decked out with Valentino Rossi/Fiat Yamaha livery including the number “46” and “The Doctor” logos.

According to Yamaha, the R1 is the world’s first production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. Originally pioneered in MotoGP racing with the M1, crossplane technology puts each crank pin 90 degrees from the next, with an uneven firing interval of 270-180-90-180 degrees. The result is incredibly smooth, roll-on power delivery with outrageous amounts of torque.

Photo Credit: Yamaha

The inclusion of D-MODE variable throttle control function enables the rider to adjust performance characteristics to match a variety of riding conditions. In addition to standard mode mapped for optimum performance, the rider can select from A mode for sportier response in low to mid-speed range, and B mode for somewhat less sharp response for riding situations that require especially sensitive throttle operation. These 3 different maps at the push of a button allow the rider to choose the optimum power character for their riding situation.

Photo Credit: Yamaha

The new engine is housed in an equally advanced chassis. Control filled die-cast frame rails balance high vertical rigidity with relatively low lateral rigidity for increased high speed stability while improving handling, especially while leaned over during corner exit. A control filled die-cast magnesium sub frame cuts weight far from the center of balance and contributes to concentration of mass.

Source: Yamaha

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Frank said...

I like the D-MODE. Finally a liter bike that can grow with you. Still not a bike for beginners but if 600s are not enough anymore this makes a liter bike more managable.