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Latest R1 Hits The Showrooms

Yamaha’s 2007-spec YZF-R1

Yamaha's 2007-spec YZF-R1 recently went on sale across Australia, with the latest incarnation of the marque's litre-class rocket packing a whole host of updates and improvements.

The fifth generation of the sportsbike that initially rocked the world back in 1998 brings with it a range of innovative new technology, such as its Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), which has already seen service in the marque's YZF-R6 supersport model, and its Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) – the latter representing the first time an electronically-controlled, motor-driven variable intake has ever been used on a production motorcycle.

Together these systems afford the optimum level of engine efficiency throughout the bike's entire rev range, along with crisp, precise throttle response.

The in-line four-cylinder engine shares the same 77mm by 53.6mm bore and stroke as its predecessor, but now has a four-valve-per-cylinder configuration (as opposed to five) with re-shaped combustion chambers, a higher 12.7:1 compression ratio, a new exhaust system and a slipper clutch, the latter similar to that found on the limited-edition 2006 YZF-R1SP.

The bike's all-new Deltabox chassis has also gone under the scalpel, with the frame completely revised in terms of rigidity, reinforcement and the addition of ribs within the frame's structure, while the asymmetric swingarm has been redesigned too.

The rear monoshock and 43mm upside-down front forks feature revised internals and damping settings, allowing the R1 to make the most of its updated chassis and efficiently put its power down to the ground.

The front brakes have been massaged too (down in diameter from 320mm to 310mm), while new bodywork – including an LED tail assembly, redesigned front cowl and new instrumentation – have developed those aggressive, 'take-no-prisoners' R1 lines nicely.

Yamaha says the bottom line of all these revisions is an extra 5bhp over the 2006 model, taking it to a claimed maximum power output of 180bhp at 12,500rpm (189bhp with direct air induction!). However, the bike's claimed dry weight has also increased with it, and is up 4kg to a still-svelte 177kg.

Available in Yamaha Blue, Midnight Black or Competition White, the new R1 retails for $19,399 plus ORC. For more information see your nearest Yamaha dealer, or visit:

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