2021 YAMAHA YZF-R1/R-Series


The Yamaha YZF-R1 or R1 is an open class sport bike or superbike motorcycle made by Yamaha from 1998 through present.

The Yamaha R1 new generation of the model looks almost identical to the previous one. The design has been slightly altered to create curvier lines including new indentations at the nose framing the opening at the tip and curving around the slit like headlights. The side panel now also follows the shape of the motorcycle more organically. The lines and angles have been smoothed out, which gives the R1 a more refined finished appearance. This is what Yamaha refers to at the next generation R Series design. The gas tank can now accommodate 34 gallons compared to 33 on the previous generation. The result, however is a slightly heavier bike now tipping the scale at 203.2 kilograms a 3.17 kilograms weight gain.

The engine is described as a new generation of the well known 998cc inline four. Features including the titanium fracture split connecting rods and offset cylinders are carried over with the addition of new cylinder heads intake and titanium exhaust systems, fuel injectors, rockers arms, and camshaft profiles. The six-gear transmission is carried over and teamed with an assist and slipper clutch. The new Accelerator Position Sensor ride by wire system paired up with Grip with chip controlled throttle eliminate the cables, which is meant to reduce the weight and make the throttle twist smoother.

The Yamaha R1 now also features a new Brake Control technology to choose between two braking intensity settings as well as a new Engine Brake Management system, that allows the rider to select between three levels of engine braking strength. The 17-inch magnesium wheels are wrapped in redesigned Bridgestone RS11 Battlax Racing Street tires.

The new standard production YZF-R1, Yamaha also unveiled a new limited edition R1M. The M adds a new Öhlins ERS NPX pressurized front fork with integrated gas cylinder, adjustable Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension single shock at the back, carbon fiber components, and standard GPS data logging.

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