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2018 Motorcycles

Yamaha YZF-R1. We R1

Packed with YZR-M1 MotoGP technology, a crossplane engine, short wheelbase chassis and high-tech electronics, the YZF-R1 is ready to connect to your body and take your riding to a new level.

Developed using YZR-M1 MotoGP technology, this bike was born for the track. 200PS, 199kg and a 1,405mm wheelbase give an insight into its capabilities. But it’s what you can’t see that makes it so special.

The Inertial Measurement Unit constantly senses chassis motion in 3D, creating controllability over traction, slides, front wheel lift, braking and launches. And its updated Quickshift System (QSS) offers clutchless downshifting as well as upshifting. Yamaha YZF-R1. We R1.


•  Updated QSS, advanced electronic control systems
•  998cc 200PS crossplane 4-cylinder engine
•  High-compression cylinder head
•  YZR-M1 MotoGP inspired cowling
•  High volume air intake
•  Short wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame
•  Track-developed suspension systems
•  Titanium Exhaust and midship muffler
•  ABS with Unified Brake System
•  Lift Control and Launch Control
•  Magnesium wheels, aluminium fuel tank
•  Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD instrument panel


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YZR-M1-derived 200PS crossplane engine

The YZF-R1 is powered by a 998cc crossplane 4 cylinder 4-valve engine that develops 200PS - without ram air pressurization. Derived from our winning YZR-M1 MotoGP bike, its crossplane crankshaft gives an uneven 270° - 180° - 90° - 180° firing sequence for high levels of linear torque.

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High-compression cylinder head and lightweight internals

To achieve optimal performance the engine uses a high compression 13:1 cylinder head featuring a pent roof combustion chamber with large diameter intake and exhaust valves. And for instant response with high power and strong linear torque, the YZF-R1 is equipped with titanium con rods and forged aluminium pistons.

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High volume air intake

For optimal intake efficiency a YZR-M1 type central air inlet feeds a large capacity 10.5 litre airbox. Fresh air is force fed into the electronically activated Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) funnels that adjust their length to match engine rpm for optimum power characteristics, to give high levels of useable performance.

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Lightweight titanium exhaust and midship muffler

For peak power and strong linear torque, the crossplane engine is equipped with a lightweight 4-2-1 exhaust system. A servomotor controlled exhaust valve adjusts gas flow for enhanced response and stronger engine output, while the compact mid ship muffler contributes towards mass centralization and emits a unique growl.

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Compact Deltabox chassis

The aluminium Deltabox frame features a long upward-truss type swingarm and magnesium rear frame, underlining the R1's strong YZR-M1 racebike heritage. The short 1,405mm wheelbase chassis and the R1's low wet weight of just 199kg give the YZF-R1 a high level of agility and responsiveness for outstanding race and track performance.

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YZR-M1 inspired cowling

With its central forced air intake, high screen and low headlight position, the YZF-R1's aerodynamic front cowl has an unmistakable YZR-M1 race bike silhouette. Compact LED headlights on either side of the air intake emphasize the race-ready look, while twin LED position lights give this superbike a truly unique face.

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Track-developed suspension

The 43mm fully adjustable KYB forks use a large diameter 25mm front axle for a planted feel - while the carefully balanced relationship between the pivot axis, drive sprocket axis and swingarm length give stable, precise and efficient handling performance during acceleration, braking and cornering.

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ABS with Unified Brake System

The YZF-R1's dual 320mm front discs and monoblock calipers - as well as the 220mm rear disc - are equipped with a sophisticated banking sensitive ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as well as Yamaha's Unified Brake System that enable the rider to achieve high levels of controllability in different circuit or road situations.

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Improved quick shift system (QSS)

A new higher specification Quickshift System (QSS) offers clutchless upshifting and downshifting. By giving seamless full throttle upshifts and quicker downshifts, the QSS helps to maintain chassis stability for higher levels of controllability – and also reduces the physical and mental input required by the rider.

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Magnesium wheels, aluminium fuel tank

The YZF-R1's 17-inch wheels are manufactured from magnesium in order to minimize unsprung weight for responsive suspension performance – and the beautifully crafted 17-litre fuel tank is made from aluminium.

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6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)

The highly sophisticated 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) is equipped with Gyro/G sensors that monitor 3D motion data which is sent to the ECU – and this activates the lift control sytem (LIF) as well as the banking angle sensitive rear wheel Slide Control System (SCS) and Traction Control System (TCS) for greater control.

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Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD instrument panel

The YZF-R1's instrument panel is one of the most sophisticated units fitted to any motorcycle, and features a Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD panel. The multi function dispay shows a wide range of data is shown in full colour, making all the information easy to understand.

Technical specifications


Engine type
4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves
Bore x stroke
79.0 mm x 50.9 mm
Compression ratio
13.0 : 1
Maximum power
147.1 kW (200.0PS) @ 13,500 rpm
Limited power version
Maximum Torque
112.4 Nm (11.5 kg-m) @ 11,500 rpm
Lubrication system
Wet sump
Clutch Type
Wet, Multiple Disc
Fuel Injection
Ignition system
TCI (digital)
Starter system
Transmission system
Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission
Fuel consumption
7.2 l/100km
CO2 emission
167 g/km


Front travel
120 mm
Caster Angle
102 mm
Front suspension system
Telescopic forks, Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension system
Swingarm, (link suspension)
Rear Travel
120 mm
Front brake
Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 320 mm
Rear brake
Hydraulic single disc, Ø 220 mm
Front tyre
120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear tyre
190/55 ZR17M/C (75W)


Overall length
2,055 mm
Overall width
690 mm
Overall height
1,150 mm
Seat height
855 mm
1,405 mm
Minimum ground clearance
130 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)
200 kg
Fuel tank capacity
17 litres
Oil tank capacity
3.9 litres