Yamaha launched the original R1 in 1998 to go up against the fastest Sports bikes of the day, the Honda Fireblade and Ducati 916. In 2000 it received detail changes including sharper styling and a 2kg weight reduction.
The 2002 version was a new model which featured fuel injection, angular styling and a new chassis. This model lasted just two years before being superseded in 2004 by a new version with under seat pipes, a new chassis, braced swingarm and more power.
This version of the R1 received a few changes in 2006 including a longer wheelbase and a limited edition SP version was made available with Ohlins suspension, Marchesini wheels and a slipper clutch.
In 2007, Yamaha scrapped their five valves per cylinder engine format in favour of a four-valve head version. The bike got more power, ride-by-wire, electronically-controlled inlet trumpets and a new chassis and styling.
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- Engine 16v in-line four, 6 gears
- Displacement 998cc
- Max Power 170 bhp
- max Torque 87.3 ft-lb
- front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
- rear suspension Preload, high/low compression, rebound
- front braking system2 x 310mm discs
- Frame type Twin spar aluminium
- Front Tyres 120/70 x 17
- rear Tyres 190/50 x 17
- Total Weight 177kg
- Fuel Capacity 18 litres