This YZF-R1 was the first model of the R-Series and would define the next generation of supersport models. At the start of its development, the displacement of its engine was undecided and would only be set later through the results of tests to determine the ideal torque values for sporty riding on twisty roads. The model featured a new engine with a compact, three-axis layout, a long swingarm based on GP machine theory and more.
The R1’s 1,000cc, in-line 4-cylinder engine had an exceptionally high power output and quick response, and its chassis was extremely light and compact. Yet Yamaha’s aim was on a completely different level: the R1’s handling - since it was designed under the concept of “unsurpassed excitement” on winding roads.
Even with aggressive riding, the R1 always felt natural and in tune with the rider’s perceptions. It was easy to control every aspect of its performance. What set the R1 apart from its rivals most was this handling the YZF-R1 boasted a potent combination of excellent cornering performance and beautiful styling. The aftermaths were that the R1 marked the beginning of a new era in the supersport model category, shifting away from the 750cc engines that were the standard for race bikes at the time.
Engine / Frame
The engine adopted a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 5-valve, in-line 4-cylinder, 998cc engine. Plus, its aluminum Deltabox II frame achieved an ideal chassis layout.