2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 Guide

2019 Yamaha YZF-R1

2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1


2019 Yamaha YZF-R1:

Packed with MotoGP technology, crossplane concept engine, advanced Rider Active electronics and so much more.

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.


2019 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M

Bred from Yamaha’s YZR-M1 MotoGP® racing heritage, the 2019 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M continue to offer riders the ultimate exhilaration of maximum performance combined with the confidence of control.

Powered by a 998cc high-output crossplane-crankshaft engine tied to a full suite of inter-related electronics technologies, both the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M feature clutchless “auto-blip” downshift technology as part of the standard Quick Shift System (QSS).  To help achieve the most effective power delivery, a proprietary six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) performs at a rate of 125 calculations per second, providing information to a multitude of control systems designed to inspire rider confidence across ever-changing road conditions.

The 2019 YZF-R1M also features Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), which can be fine-tuned through the “YRC Setting” smartphone or tablet app connected to the motorcycle’s Communication Control Unit (CCU).




2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
  • MotoGP®-Derived Crossplane Crankshaft Superbike
    The YZF-R1® features a lightweight and compact crossplane crankshaft, inline-four-cylinder, 998cc high output engine. Featuring titanium fracture-split connecting rods, an offset cylinder block and magnesium covers, the motor delivers extremely high horsepower and a strong pulse of linear torque for outstanding performance, all wrapped in aerodynamic MotoGP®-style bodywork.
  • Class-Leading Electronics Package
    The YZF-R1 features the most advanced electronics package ever offered on a supersport machine, with a full suite of interrelated technologies that enable the rider to enjoy the fullest range of performance with greater comfort, control, and ease of operation than ever before.
  • MotoGP®-Level Controllability
    The YZF-R1 pioneered the use of the first six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) ever offered on a street-going motorcycle. The IMU consists of a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as an accelerometer 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 and unified ABS, as well as Slide Control, Launch Control, and more. The Quick Shift System provides both up and downshifting ability, automatically matching engine speed on downshifts for rapid clutchless shifts in either direction. The Wheel Lift Control system smoothly intervenes for maximum forward drive.
  • Deltabox® Chassis
    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. Fully adjustable suspension front and rear provides exceptional road-holding and tuneability.





2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
  • Cutting-Edge Crossplane Engine
    The 998cc inline 4-cylinder, crossplane crankshaft engine features titanium fracture-split connecting rods, which are an industry first for a production motorcycle. The titanium alloy used to manufacture the connecting rods is around 60% lighter than steel, and this reduction in weight gives the R1 engine a responsive and potent character at high rpm. This stunning engine delivers extremely high horsepower and a strong pulse of linear torque.
  • Compact Stacked Transmission
    A 6-speed transmission features close-ratio gearing to best match the high-revving engine. The transmission also “stacks” the input/output shafts to centralize mass and to keep the overall engine size shorter front-to-back, which optimizes engine placement in the frame for outstanding weight balance.
  • Rocker-Arm Valvetrain
    Advanced rocker-arm valve actuation uses the arm’s lever ratio to allow for larger valve lift while using lower cam lobes and reduced spring pressure, further boosting power.
  • Lightweight Engine Components
    Lightweight magnesium covers and ultra-light aluminum fasteners are used across the engine to further reduce weight.
  • Titanium Exhaust System
    The R1 is equipped with an exhaust system manufactured primarily from lightweight titanium. The compact midship muffler also centralizes mass low in the frame and as close to the center of the machine as possible, improving overall handling.
  • Advanced Clutch
    Yamaha’s assist and slipper clutch is used to give the rider more confident downshifts when entering corners aggressively, while still smoothly handling the torque of the R1’s high-output inline-four motor.
  • MotoGP®-Level Controllability
    Yamaha’s Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) uses six axes of measurement: a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, and an accelerometer that measures acceleration in the fore-aft, up-down, and right-left directions… all at a rate of 125 calculations per second. The IMU communicates with the ECU, which activates the technologies in Yamaha Ride Control (YRC): Power Mode, Traction Control System, Slide Control System, Launch Control System, Lift Control System and Quick Shift System with rev-matching. All these systems are adjustable and can be saved within four presets in the YRC system.
  • Ride-by-Wire Fueling
    The ride-by-wire Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T®) system senses the slightest throttle input by the rider and instantaneously calculates the ideal throttle valve opening, and then actuates the throttle valves to actively control intake volume. The R1 also features YCC-I® (Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake), a variable intake system that broadens the spread of power in across the entire rpm range.
  • PWR Mode
    Power Delivery Mode (PWR) lets the rider choose from four settings of throttle-valve response to best match their preferences and riding conditions, adjusting both engine response and overall power.
  • Lean Angle Sensitive TCS
    The R1’s Traction Control System (TCS) reduces rear wheel spin when exiting corners, calculating differences in wheels speeds and in relation to lean angle. As lean angle increases, so does the amount of intervention, with ten separate settings (off and 1-9) enabling the rider to dial in the exact level of control needed.
  • MotoGP ®-Developed SCS
    Yamaha’s Slide Control System (SCS) is the first of its kind on a production motorcycle and comes directly from the YZR-M1® MotoGP® bike. It works in tandem with the IMU, so that if a slide is detected while accelerating during hard leaning conditions, the ECU will step in and control engine power to reduce the slide. This too can be adjusted by the rider, with four settings (1-3 and off).
  • Life Control System
    The R1’s Lift Control System (LIF) features progressive mapping to improve forward drive when the system intervenes. As before, the IMU detects the rate of chassis pitch and the ECU controls engine power to reduce the front wheel lift during acceleration, with four settings (1-3 and off) for fine-tuning.
  • Race Start Control
    The R1’s Launch Control System (LCS) limits engine rpms to 10,000 even with wide open throttle. It maintains optimum engine output in conjunction with input from the TCS and LIF systems to maximize acceleration from a standing start. Three setting levels regulate the effect (1-2 and off).
  • Up and Down Quick Shift System
    The Quick Shift System (QSS) on the YZF-R1 features downshifting capability as well as allowing full-throttle clutchless upshifting. On downshifts, the ECU matches engine speed on each downshift for instantaneous gear changes with minimal chassis disruption. The QSS can be adjusted with three settings (1-2 and off), as well as turning the downshift function on and off.
  • Full Color Instruments
    The R1 features a brilliant full-color, thin-film transistor (TFT) meter, including front brake pressure and fore/aft G-force readouts, giving the rider even more feedback from the machine. It features both street mode and a track mode that focuses on performance information, such as YRC settings, a zoomed-in view of the tachometer in the upper rpm range, a lap timer with best lap and last lap feature, gear position indicator and speed.
  • Deltabox® Frame
    The slim aluminum Deltabox® frame and magnesium subframe contribute to a light weight and compact chassis design, with overall geometry refined on racetracks around the world. The rigid motor mounts use the engine as a stressed member of the frame for optimal rigidity balance and great cornering performance on the race track.
  • Fully Adjustable KYB® Fork
    The R1 features an advanced inverted KYB® front fork with 43mm inner tubes and a 4.7 inch stroke with full adjustability, for incredible front-end feel on the track. All adjustments are also made on the top of the fork legs, for simplified tuning.
  • Linkage-Type KYB® Shock
    The fully adjustable KYB® shock has a rear bottom link pivot position that is optimally placed to provide exceptional handling, and excellent transmission of engine torque to the track surface.
  • Aluminum Fuel Tank
    An aluminum 4.5 gallon fuel tank, weighing in at a full 3.5 pounds less than a comparable steel tank, further reduces overall weight and is sculpted to give riders a good lower body connection to the machine.
  • Powerful, Controllable Brakes
    The track developed racing ABS and Unified Braking System provide maximum braking performance. UBS inhibits unwanted rear-end motion during braking by activating the rear brake when the front brake is applied, with force distribution based on the bike’s attitude and lean angle. 4-piston radial mounted front calipers ride on big 320mm rotors for excellent stopping power.
  • Race-Ready Magnesium Wheels
    10-spoke cast magnesium wheels significantly lower rotational mass compared to conventional aluminum alloy rims, reducing unsprung weight for quick direction changes and responsive handling.

Additional Features

  • MotoGP® Styling
    Dynamic YZR-M1 styling creates a more compact profile with improved aerodynamics, getting you closer to MotoGP® than any other production motorcycle available today.
  • All-LED Lighting
    LED headlights are both lightweight and compact, allowing for a more streamlined design of the front face. LED front turn signals are integrated into the mirrors for improved aerodynamics, while an LED tail light is stylish and highly visible.
  • Factory Level Telemetry
    Available as an option is the Yamaha-exclusive Communication Control Unit. The CCU allows riders to communicate with the vehicle via Wi-Fi through Yamaha’s exclusive Y-TRAC smartphone and tablet app. The system is comprised of the CCU and GPS antenna, running data can be recorded via a data logger, with course mapping and automatic lap timing managed by GPS. This data can then be wirelessly downloaded to the Android® or Apple® iOS® app where it can be analyzed. Changes to settings can be made via the Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) Setting app and then uploaded back to the R1.





2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16699 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $20999 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in AU

Engine Type 998cc, liquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC; 16 valves

Bore x Stroke 79.0mm x 50.9mm

Compression Ratio 13.0:1

Fuel Delivery Fuel injection with YCC-T and YCC-I

Transmission 6-speed; wet multiplate assist and slipper clutch

Final Drive Chain

Suspension / Front 43mm KYB® inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel

Suspension / Rear 43mm KYB® inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel

Brakes / Front Dual 320mm hydraulic disc; 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

Maximum Ground

Clearance 5.1 in

Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal

Fuel Economy** 34 mpg

Wet Weight*** 441 lb

Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Color Team Yamaha Blue; Rapid Red



*** Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as
applicable) and a full tank of fuel. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is
useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.





2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valves (4-valves / cyl), in-line four
Bore and Stroke
79 x 50.9mm
Compression Ratio
Maximum Torque
11.5 kg-m (83.2 ft-lbs.) @ 11,500 rpm
Engine Management
Fuel Delivery
Mikuni 45mm throttle body FI with twin injectors (primary & secondary)
Estimated Fuel Consumption±
14.4kpl / 40.6mpg (Imp.)
Wet sump
Ignition / Starting
TCI / Electric
Final Drive
520 series “O” ring chain
Suspension (Front)
Fully adj. 43mm inverted fork / 120 mm (4.7″) wheel travel
Suspension (Rear)
Fully adj. bottom link Monocross / 120mm (4.7″) wheel travel
Brakes (Front)
Dual 320mm discs / radial mount, 4-piston calipers / ABS equipped & unified
Brakes (Rear)
220mm disc / single piston caliper / ABS equipped & unified
Tires (Front)
Tires (Rear)
Critical Data
2,055 mm (80.9″)
690 mm (27.2″)
1,150 mm (45.3″)
1,405mm (55.3″)
Rake / Trail
24° / 102mm
Ground Clearance
130 mm (5.1″)
Seat Height
855 mm (33.7″)
Fuel Capacity
17 litres (3.7 Imp. gal.)
Wet Weight
200 kg (441 lb.)
Yamaha Racing Blue
Vivid Red





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