2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 Review
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Yamaha YZF-R1. We R1…
Packed with MotoGP YZR-M1 technology, a crossplane engine, short wheelbase chassis and high-tech electronics, the R1 is ready to connect to your body and take your riding to a new level.
Developed without compromise using YZR-M1 MotoGP technology, the R1 was born for the track. 200PS, 199kg and 1,405mm wheelbase give an insight into its capabilities. But it’s what you can’t see that makes this focused superbike so special.
Its central nervous system is a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit that constantly senses chassis motion in 3D, creating controllability over traction, slides, front wheel lift, braking and launches. Yamaha R1. We R1.
R DNA – R TECHNOLOGY – R WORLD
The 2017 YZF-R1® blurs the line between MotoGP and production superbike like never before.
MotoGP, the highest form of motorcycle racing, is our proving ground. The technology Yamaha has pioneered and proven on MotoGP circuits around the world can now be enjoyed by racers and riders alike. The R1 provides riders with a taste of what it would be like to ride the championship winning Yamaha M1. A showcase of Yamaha’s technology leadership, the R1 raises the bar with its uncompromised performance and handling.
By reducing frictional losses, using high tech, lightweight components and optimizing intake efficiency the R1 engine offers significant power and torque. And with a comprehensive list of electronic control technologies, the light, compact R1 is easier to control than ever.
The R1 is Yamaha’s technology flagship. From titanium rods to magnesium wheels to a whole host of electronic “Yamaha Ride Controls”, the R1 exemplifies Yamaha’s leadership role in motorcycle development and highlights our innovation, quality and attention to detail.
2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•Cutting-edge MotoGP®-Derived Crossplane Crankshaft Engine
The YZF-R1® features a lightweight and compact crossplane-crankshaft, inline-four-cylinder, 998cc high output engine. Featuring titanium fracture-split connecting rods—the first ever for a production motorcycle—the motor delivers extremely high horsepower and a strong pulse of linear torque for outstanding performance.
•Class-leading Electronics Package
The YZF-R1 features the most advanced MotoGP®-inspired electronics package ever offered on a supersport machine: a full suite of inter-related technologies, enabling the rider to enjoy the fullest range of performance with great comfort, control, and ease of operation.
Featuring the first six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) ever offered on a street-going motorcycle, the 2016 R1 represents the dawn of a new digital era where all riders can experience total 3D controllability.
IMU consists of a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as an accelerometer, or G-sensor, that measures acceleration in the fore-aft, up-down, and right-left directions… all at a rate of 125 calculations per second. By calculating each signal, the IMU finds the precise vehicle position and movement, and communicates it to the ECU, enabling it to control the bike’s systems.
•Digital Rider Aids
The YZF-R1 is fully equipped with banking-sensitive Traction Control, as well as Slide Control, Wheel Lift Control, Quickshifter, Launch Control, ABS, a Unified Braking System, and much more. The all-new R1 gives street riders, track day participants, and full-on racers an unmatched and unprecedented level of rider-adaptive performance.
Advanced aluminum Deltabox® frame uses the engine as a stressed member of the chassis and is designed to provide optimum longitudinal, lateral and torsional rigidity balance.
•Titanium Exhaust System
A lightweight and free-flowing exhaust system with titanium headers and muffler canister features a mid-ship layout, positioned low and in the middle of the chassis for improved mass centralization.
The styling on the new R1 is inspired by the YZR-M1, purposely sculpted for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
• Crossplane crankshaft, titanium “fracture split” con rods & offset cylinder
• Titanium intake & steel exhaust valves & special “Finger Follower” rocker arms
• Twin injector 45mm throttle body FI & high capacity air box
• Mid ship 4 into 2 into 1 exhaust system with EXUP & titanium header pipes & muffler
• Magnesium wheels, oil pan, cylinder head cover & crankcase covers
• Yamaha Ride Control: PWR / TCS / SCS / LIF / LCS / QSS plus YCC-T & YCC-I
• Compact, lightweight aluminum Deltabox chassis & swingarm
• ABS & Unified Brake system, with dual 320mm front discs
• MotoGP M1 race bike inspired body design
• TFT multifunction instrument
• LED headlights, position lights & turn signals
• Ultra-lightweight, compact, 998cc, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine with “crossplane” style crankshaft.
•The key components of this cutting edge engine design are the “crossplane” crankshaft and an uneven firing order. Both of these features are used on Yamaha’s race winning M1 MotoGP racer. The R1 crossplane crankshaft locates the center two rods at a 90 degree plane from the outer cylinders. Instead of the crank pins aligned on the same plane (a straight line drawn through the center of the crankshaft), they align on 2 planes in the form of a cross… or “crossplane”. Working in conjunction with the crossplane crank is an uneven firing order. This R1 engine fires 1,3,2,4 cylinders and the firing intervals are uneven at 270 / 180/ 90 /180 degrees. What all this means to the rider is the most linear torque possible and amazing throttle control. This engine design allows a whole new level of rider – machine communication. One of the most important benefits is the outstanding cornering performance that exceptional throttle control allows.
•The key engineering goal for the R1 series is significant horsepower with excellent controllability, making the bike easier & more enjoyable to ride. The R1 is a “rider’s machine”.
• 4-valve cylinder head design.
•compact pent roof combustion chambers with 13:1 compression ratio
•lightweight 33 mm titanium intake valves & 26.5 mm steel exhaust valves
•4-valve design optimizes breathing efficiency & overall engine performance
•combustion chambers are machined to ensure exact volume spec for maximum power
•Special intake port shape provides maximum filling efficiency.
•port shape, valve placement & combustion chamber shape induce a tumbling effect of the inbound fuel – air charge that increases combustion speed, power & torque
•”Finger follower rocker arms”
•reduces friction, allows greater valve lift & provides super accurate control of valve opening & closing at high rpms
•sliding area of the rocker arms feature a DLC (diamond like coating) to reduce friction & wear
•valve adjustment pads sit under the rocker arm
• Valve adjustment intervals are every 42,000 kms.
•High performance intake & exhaust cams.
•Closed deck aluminum cylinder with “liner-less” ceramic composite plated cylinder bores.
•ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum block, eliminating the liner & reducing weight
•excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
•coating enhances the thin film of oil between the cylinder & piston, reducing friction & increasing power
•closed deck design allows cylinders to be spaced more closely together, reducing engine width
•cylinder is a stand-alone design (not integrated into the upper crank case)
•Offset cylinder design.
•offsets cylinder block relative to the crankshaft (to the exhaust side) to reduce frictional losses between the piston &cylinder wall during the power stroke for improved power output
•Short skirt, forged aluminum pistons.
•light weight design for fast throttle response
•piston features a box shaped “bridge box ” on the underside for increased rigidity & durability
•special Defric coating on skirt to further reduce friction
•ring expansion tension is optimized to reduce frictional losses
•piston oil coolers spray oil at the underside of pistons & rods to reduce temperature
•Crossplane crankshaft design.
•crank inertial moment has been engineered to achieve linear throttle response, strong acceleration & excellent cornering exit control
•Super light, fracture split titanium connecting rods feature a “nut less” design.
•lower end “cap” of the rod is made from the same piece of material as the upper portion; the 2 pieces are “split” apart using a special process known as fracture splitting & then machined
•fracture splitting ensures true big end roundness & greater precision in con rod dimensions for excellent durability despite the high horsepower loads
•lightweight titanium design (60% lighter than a conventional steel con rod) reduces horsepower losses & provides faster throttle response
•fracture split “Ti” rods are a world’s first to be used on a production motorcycle
• Single axis balancer shaft.
•reduces engine vibration
•Crankcases feature a “Tri-Axis” layout for the crank, main and drive axles.
•creates a more compact & shorter engine front to back
•shorter engine allows for optimum engine placement in the “sweet spot” of frame for desired weight distribution & great handling
•Closed loop, 45 mm Mikuni throttle body fuel injection system with twin injectors.
•twin injector (primary & secondary) system is used on our MotoGP M1 race bike & YZF-R6
•primary injectors are located in the throttle bodies, secondary injectors located in the air box very near the computer controlled intake funnels
•both primary & secondary injectors utilizes 12 spray holes to maximize fuel atomization
•secondary injectors, located inside the air box, begin to function at mid rpms to redline
•”closed loop system” uses dual oxygen sensors to sniff spent exhaust gases & automatically adjusts the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions
•fuel injection benefits include instant throttle response, choke-free starting, steady idle during warm up & reduced emissions
•Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T)
•YCC-T electronically controls throttle valves for outstanding throttle response & controllability
•system features Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) and D.C. motor driven throttle valves
•YCC-T system provides precise control of intake air volume for a smoother torque curve
•ECU that controls YCC-T is capable of responding to changes at a speed of 1000th of a second
•Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) system
•intake funnels / stacks vary in length between 2 pre-set positions depending on engine rpm
•electronic servo motor varies the funnels. The revolutionary YCC-I provides
the best of both worlds… solid low rpm torque & power combined with
an amazing high rpm rush. It takes only 0.3 of a second for the funnels to
move from the tall to the short position
•Compact 6-speed transmission.
•optimized gear ratios match engine output for maximum performance
•Compact, lightweight slipper or back limiter clutch assembly with assist.
•reduces rear wheel hop when making down shifts under hard braking
•key benefit is reduced lap times & smoother control when participating
in a race or track day
•assist function reduces clutch lever effort
•Ram Air Induction System
•features centrally located intake duct between the LED headlights, delivering
cool, “force-fed” air which pressures the air box & increases
power output at higher speeds
•straight shot induction from centrally located fairing duct to air box
without bends or turns
•Large capacity 10.5 litre air box
•large capacity maximizes performance
•M1 inspired intake duct with solenoid valve reduces intake noise &
improves high rpm power
•viscous type, high flow air filter is used
•Mid ship design 4 into 2 into 1 exhaust system
•features lightweight titanium header pipes & muffler for reduced
•design maximizes power, reduces weight, centralizes mass & lowers
the centre of gravity for fast, light, agile handling
•dual 3-way honeycomb catalyzers reduce exhaust emissions
•Special exhaust valve device
•located in under engine chamber & features two separate exhaust
flow routes based on rpm
•system allows a more compact muffler design that provides outstanding
power output & torque characteristics while still providing sufficient
•Yamaha’s EXUP System (Exhaust Ultimate Power Valve).
•part of the mid ship exhaust system
•utilizes a titanium body & butterfly valves that prevent the “blow
back” phenomenon caused by “valve overlap”
•design reduces weight & maximizes cornering clearance
•EXUP system eliminates “flat spots” in the power band &
•High-efficiency, high capacity curved radiator.
•curved rad provides more cooling surface area than a conventional flat
•ring-type fan provides increased airflow (and cooling) versus a standard
•Air-cooled oil cooler sits below the main rad to maintain stable lubricant
•Optimized wet sump lubrication system.
•features special oil routing to the big end rod bearings
•lightweight, deep design magnesium oil pan significantly reduces weight
•convenient spin-on type oil filter
•Super lightweight magnesium cylinder head & crankcase covers secured
by aluminum bolts.
•magnesium offers significant weight savings
•Compact ACM (alternator) is mounted directly to the crankshaft.
•compact ACM uses rare earth magnets which produce more power for a given
size than conventional magnets, therefore reducing size & weight
•Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI).
•produces a strong spark for fast starts
•provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance
at all rpms
•Direct ignition coils, iridium dual electrode spark plugs & high-output
•ignition coils integrated into plug caps, significantly reducing weight
///ELECTRONIC RIDER AIDS … “YRC”:
Many of the following rider assist aids are derived from Yamaha’s MotoGP
race efforts and help make the R1 more controllable & more enjoyable to
ride. We call them Yamaha Ride Control or YRC.
•At the heart of the “Yamaha Ride Control” electronic rider
assist aids are the IMU or Inertial Measurement Unit & ECU. The IMU features
six axis of measurement using a gyro sensor to detect rotational motion in
the pitch, roll & yaw directions. A “G” sensor detects acceleration
/ velocity in the forward & back, up & down and left & right directions.
The vehicle position information obtained from the two sensors including bank
angle, pitch rate & sideways slide acceleration is sent to the ECU which
in turn controls the five YRC systems (not including the quick shift system).
These variables are calculated 125 times per second.
•PWR: Power Delivery Mode is Yamaha’s variable throttle control, which
controls the throttle valve opening speed, enabling the rider to adjust performance
characteristics of the engine based on riding preferences or riding / racing
conditions. There are 4-power settings available from an enhanced race setting
to a slippery condition mode with softer power characteristics.
•TCS: Traction control system with lean angle sensor. System uses front
& rear wheel sensors to detect slip & then adjusts / regulates power
via the ECU / IMU to control rear wheel spin. In addition to detecting difference
in speed between the front & rear wheels, the system uses input on the
degree of bank / lean angle to adjust the degree of TCS intervention to an
optimum level in relation to riding conditions in real-time. As the banking
angle increases, the amount of TCS intervention also increases. When the TCS
is disabled, SCS, LIF & LCS systems will automatically be shut down as
well. There are 9 settings plus off.
•SCS: Slide Control System controls engine power when side slip is detected.
Power output is adjusted to an optimum level to control side slide. There
are 3 settings plus off.
•LIF: Lift Control System (a.k.a. anti-wheelie control) reduces time
loss due to wheelies during closed course competition. System reduces front
end lift during starts & hard acceleration. When the IMU and other sensors
detect lift, engine output is adjusted to the optimum level to maintain strong
acceleration without lift. There are 3 settings plus off.
• LCS: Launch Control System is adopted to help ensure fast, strong, controllable starts in closed course competition situations. When the LCS is activated, it keeps engine rpm limited to approx. 10,000 rpm & maintains an optimum level of engine power in conjunction with inputs from the TCS and LIF systems, allowing the rider to concentrate on clutch engagement & other competitors, reducing stress associated with race starts. There are 2 settings plus off.
•QSS: Quick Shift System provides smooth, fast upshifts even at full throttle. When the switch on the shift lever rod detects motion, it adjusts engine output & momentarily cancels out the drive torque to promote faster gear shifts. There are 2 settings plus off. System can be adapted to race shift pattern.
•Gravity cast, aluminum Deltabox frame.
•designed to offer an optimized rigidity balance to maximize handling & suspension performance. Frame provides a balance of strength, rigidity & tuned flex
•engine is stressed member with rigid mounts
•benefits include reduced weight, excellent high-speed stability & cornering characteristics, excellent traction / drive characteristics exiting a corner and a greater freedom in choosing or changing a line through a turn
•Detachable magnesium cast rear subframe.
•allows easier rear shock access & reduces costs in the event of damage
•Lightweight aluminum “upward truss-type” swingarm.
•provides great torsional rigidity for excellent rear wheel traction & control
•swingarm length is 570 mm
•design & length help reduce effects of chain tensioning during hard acceleration
•Key chassis geometry figures:
•1405 mm wheelbase, 24 degree caster angle, 102 mm of trail
•56 degree maximum lean
•Fully adjustable KYB 43mm inverted fork with 120 mm (4.7″) of wheel travel.
•adjustments include 15 turns of spring preload, 14-way rebound & 23-way compression damping
•incredible suspension performance with excellent “feedback”
•inverted design reduces unsprung weight & increases the rigidity of the fork since the larger diameter tubes are gripped in the triple clamps
•adjustable design allows the rider to tune suspension to match riding style, rider weight & road or track conditions
•Fully adjustable Monocross link rear suspension utilizes a piggyback-style KYB shock providing 120mm (4.7″) of wheel travel.
•shock adjustments include: 8 mm of treaded spring preload, 23-way rebound damping, 18-way slow speed compression damping and 5.5 turns of high speed compression damping
•overall shock length can be adjusted by 5 mm for ride height adjustability
•piggyback design helps to keep the shock oil cool for more consistent damping
•Electric steering damper
•ABS equipped, radial mount, 4-piston, mono-block calipers squeeze fully floating 320mm dual front discs.
•incredible braking performance with excellent control & lever feedback
•radial mount design helps to reduce caliper distortion for improved braking performance
•Nissin radial master cylinder
•stainless steel mess brake lines
•6-position adjustable brake lever
•Single piston, slide-type Nissin rear caliper squeezes a lightweight 220mm disc.
•Front & rear brakes feature Yamaha’s latest anti-lock brake (ABS) & variable unified brake (UBS) technology.
•main benefit of ABS is excellent control under hard braking or braking on wet or slippery surfaces
•when ABS system senses impending wheel lock-up (via active type wheel sensors) it regulates the hydraulic brake pressure to the point just before the wheel(s) lock-up
•UBS system “unifies or links” the front & rear brakes when the front brake is applied
•applying the front brake will engage the UBS and to a varying degree will apply some rear brake force too. The amount of rear brake force is based on the attitude & lean angle of the bike.
•if only the rear brake is applied, the UBS will not apply any front wheel brake force
•Super lightweight, die cast magnesium 10-spoke mag wheels.
•over 1 kg of weight savings Vs. the 2014 wheels (last generation)
•lightweight contributes to excellent suspension (reduced unsprung weight) & handling performance
•front rim size is MT3.50 x 17, rear rim is MT6.00 x17
•Lightweight 17 litre aluminum fuel tank.
•tank provides excellent knee grip for hard braking & easy manoeuvrability
•elongated shape helps to centralize mass & reduces variance in riding feel as the fuel load (weight) changes
•3 litre reserve capacity (fuel trip meter activates)
•Eye caching front fairing & windscreen provide a striking YZR-M1 race bike image.
•wind tunnel designed windshield offers excellent aerodynamics & features a “screw less” design
•air resistance (fairing design) has been reduced by 8% compared to the 14 model (last generation)
•LED headlights & high intensity LED position lights.
•create a “face” never seen before on a motorcycle & provides stylish & unique look for the R1
•excellent illumination & visibility
•reduced power consumption
•Fully digital instrument panel with TFT liquid crystal display.
•displays have been concentrated into a single 4.2-inch screen that adopts a fully transmissive Thin Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display that reduces reflection & glare
•white or black backgrounds can be selected
•auto brightness adjustment based on available ambient light
•2-modes are available… street & track
•street display mode functions include; speedo, bar style tach, odometer, dual trip meters, gear position, intake air temp, coolant temp, instant & average fuel efficiency, clock, fuel consumed, fuel trip meter (appears when fuel switches to reverse – 3 litres remaining), peak rpm indicator, front brake pressure indicator, acceleration indicator, lap timer & selected
YRC setting info
•track mode functions include; race tach setting (tach starts at 8,000 rpm), lap number, lap timer, stop watch, gear position, speed & most of the above street displays including YRC setting info
•Immobilizer ignition system is designed to reduce the possibility of “ride away” theft.
•system must recognize the “coded ignition key” in order for the unit to start
•if the immobilizer ignition does not recognize the key, the ignition system & starter will not function, even if the ignition is forced into the on position
• LED front turn signals integrated into mirrors
• LED tail light & compact LED rear turn signals
• 12 volt auxiliary DC connector (24 W / 2A)
• Large 25mm hollow front axle
• Extensive use of lightweight fasteners
• Lightweight 525 series “O” ring drive chain
• Oil level sight glass window
• Low maintenance, lightweight, sealed battery (battery should be charged during winter storage)
CCU or Communication Control Unit is a plug & play data logger with GPS based information. It is an option on the above R1 and standard equipment on the YZF-R1M premium model. Please see the R1M info for more details on the CUU and its functions.
NOTE: The YZF-R1 offers a significant level of power and performance. It is not intended for novice or inexperienced riders. All information is subject to change without notice.
2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16,699 – Team Yamaha Blue – Available from April, 2017; $16,699 – Raven Black – Available from April, 2017
Engine Type 998cc, liquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC; 16
Bore x Stroke 79.0mm x 50.9mm
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final Drive O-ring chain
Suspension / Front 43mm KYB® inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7-
Suspension / Rear KYB® Single shock w/piggyback reservoir, 4-way
adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual 320mm hydraulic disc; 4-piston caliper,
Unified Brake System and ABS
Brakes / Rear 220mm disc; Unified Brake System and ABS
Tires / Front 120/70ZR17
Tires / Rear 190/55ZR17
L x W x H 80.9 in x 27.2 in x 45.3 in
Seat Height 33.7 in
Wheelbase 55.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°
Trail 4.0 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy** 34 mpg
Wet Weight*** 439 lb / CA model 441 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Team Yamaha Blue; Raven Black
2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $19,999 CDN
Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valves (4-valves / cyl), in-line four
Bore and Stroke
79 x 50.9mm
11.5 kg-m (83.2 ft-lbs.) @ 11,500 rpm
YCC-T, YCC-I, PWR, TCS, LCS, LIF, SCS, QSS
Mikuni 45mm throttle body FI with twin injectors (primary & secondary)
Estimated Fuel Consumption±
14.4kpl / 40.6mpg (Imp.)
Ignition / Starting
TCI / Electric
520 series “O” ring chain
Fully adj. 43mm inverted fork / 120 mm (4.7″) wheel travel
Fully adj. bottom link Monocross / 120mm (4.7″) wheel travel
Dual 320mm discs / radial mount, 4-piston calipers / ABS equipped & unified
220mm disc / single piston caliper / ABS equipped & unified
2,055 mm (80.9″)
690 mm (27.2″)
1,150 mm (45.3″)
Rake / Trail
24° / 102mm
130 mm (5.1″)
855 mm (33.7″)
17 litres (3.7 Imp. gal.)
Deep Purplish Metallic Blue