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The YZF-R1 is light, powerful and packed with trickle-down MotoGP technology, the YZF-R1 is the most advanced Open-class production motorcycle ever built.

It uses the YCC-T fly-by-wire throttle system for flawless response under all conditions. The inline four-cylinder engine is the most powerful, tractable R1 powerplant ever, thanks partially to the world’s ?rst electronic variable-length intake funnel system. A slipper-type back torque-limiting clutch greatly facilitates braking/downshifting from high speed. Our Aluminum Deltabox frame and swingarm take Open-class handling to the next performance level. Six-piston radial-mount front brake calipers and 310mm discs generate the kind of braking power a bike like the R1 requires.

A Short-stroke 998cc DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine produces more tractable power than ever. Yamaha Chip Control Throttle controls a 32-bit ECU fuel injection system for super-responsive, smooth, instantaneous power delivery. Yamaha Chip Control Intake electronically adjusts intake funnel length between either 65 or 140mm for an amazingly broad, smooth powerband. A Two-piece ergonomically designed fuel tank carries fuel in the rear section, for good centralization of mass, while the front half contains a Ram-Air-fed airbox for increased power. The lay-down-design cylinder head optimizes weight distribution, straightens intake tracts for improved cylinder filling and allows frame to pass over instead of around the engine for great strength and a narrow chassis.

Cool headlights provide great illumination and distinctive style, while the LED taillight is light, bright and highly efficient. Adjustable LCD illumination and multifunction digital gauges: adjustable shift light, odometer, dual tripmeters, water temperature, air temperature, full-time clock, lap timer and large 15,000-rpm analog tachometer. A fairing with big Ram-Air intakes and screwless windscreen provides maximum aerodynamic efficiency and engine performance. The sticky 120/70-ZR17 and 190/50-ZR17 radial tires for incredible grip and precise handling.

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