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The legendary Yamaha R1 sportbike motorcycle was introduced in 1998 and changed the motorcycling industry forever. Below on the right is the year 2000 model with a standard flatplane crank engine. Lightweight and powerful, this 1000cc bike won over a huge number of motorcyclists worldwide with it’s incredible handling, awesome acceleration and 172 mph top speed at it’s introduction!

The top speed of the current Yamaha R1 with a crossplane crank motor pictured in white and red above is 192 mph. The early and current Yamaha R1 sportbike motorcycles side by side for comparison below are very impressive superbike racing machines!

With aggressive styling and cool colors, the new Yamaha R1 is a very popular 1000cc sportbike motorcycle.

Original specs for the Yamaha R1 were 150 hp and 390 lbs, which were amazing numbers in the sportbike world for a liter superbike motorcycle.

The Yamaha R1 motorcycle remains at the top of the sportbike world with numerous AMA Superbike titles and the first sportbike to have MotoGP racing motor technology with the introduction of the Crossplane Crank engine in 2009!

Yamaha R1 sportbike motorcycles are AMA Superbike championship bikes in road racing year after year. Josh Hayes has proven this for many race seasons with the newest generation crossplane crank R1 Superbike.

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Yamaha R1

The newest Yamaha R1 sportbike motorcycle 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. The R1 also has YCC-I - Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake. This is the variable intake system that broadens the spread of power.

The Yamaha R1 has a powerful 998cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke motor with DOHC 16 valves featuring titanium intake valves. The R1 test video below is a must see as the motorcycle dealership salesman goes along for the test ride on the back at super high speeds on the highways, back roads and more!

The Bore and Stroke on the all new Yamaha R1 engine is measured at 78.0 mm X 52.2 mm with a compression ratio of 12.7:1.

While riding a Yamaha R1, an Alpinestars racing leather suit is perfectly matched and provides great protection.

Having won three straight back to back AMA Superbike Championship Racing Titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012 with Josh Hayes at the controls, this proves that the Yamaha YZF-R1 or simply known as the R1 is the best 1000cc liter bike in the Superbike motorcycle class.

These two Yamaha R1’s pictured below are very similar in many ways in power and handling, but are nine years apart. The newer one on the right has 180 hp while the older one on the left has 150 hp.

Available now for the Yamaha R1 and all current sportbikes is the world class top of the line Ohlins TTX36 MkII Rear Shock Absorber that is the result of proven race track development in MotoGP and World Superbike WSBK.

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The following side view of this red Yamaha R1 sportbike motorcycle shows a custom paint job. It was ridden on the street for many years, then off to the race track full time for Superbike purposes.

This front view of the awesome red Yamaha R1 shows without a doubt that this is a serious high performance sportbike motorcycle that can be a competent superbike as well as a fun street bike.

This amazing red Yamaha R1 sportbike is a great track day motorcycle for high top speed on the race track and more than enough power to easily pass any other one liter engine sized race bikes.

On the race track, this red Yamaha R1 superbike is very fast and it proves why this 1000cc liter racing motorcycle wins many Championships in America and around the globe in World Superbike.

A custom race spec red Yamaha R1 with an Ohlins TTX36 MkII rear shock absorber and Ohlins 30mm Race Internals Road and Track Front Fork Cartridge Kit is a great combination for very consistent track handling.

For serious Superbike racing on the track, the Yamaha R1 sportbike similar to this red one is a serious motorcycle for road racing competition with it’s precise cornering characteristics. The video below from Yamaha, features the all new 2015 R1 with an extensive in depth look into the production of the awesome 2015 YZF-R1 liter bike for the Superbike class.

The following video shows how the current Yamaha R1 crossplane crank engine design has drastically increased performance compared to the previous traditional R1 flatplane crank engine.

Yamaha explains the new R1 engine as follows. 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.

The white Yamaha R1 below with red accents is a great color combination and is complimented by the black wheels to round off a clean sleek package owned and ridden by the amazing sportbike enthusiast Jannell.

Check out this amazing Yamaha R1 sportbike motorcycle wheelie video below, it’s effortless on an R1!

Check out this cool back road Yamaha R1 sportbike video below featuring some other motorcycles.

Yamaha R1

Check out this awesome crossplane 2014 Rapid Red Yamaha YZF-R1 along side of a blue 2009 R1.

Below is the Yamaha R1 Monster Energy Graves Motorsports Factory Racing Team preparing to race.

For 2015, the Yamaha R1 was introduced as an all new completely redesigned 200 horsepower sportbike from the ground up and has blurred the lines between a Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike and a 1000cc production race bike legal to ride on the street. Below is the 2015 red and white Yamaha YZF-R1.

Pictured next is a brand new 2015 black Yamaha R1 with the new side mount exhaust and new headlights.

The all new 2015 blue and silver Yamaha R1 is pictured below with the matching blue magnesium wheels.

Our West Coast contributor Jannell “Nellasaurus” Johnson on her white and red crossplane crank Yamaha R1.