Yamaha R1 – The First Official Super Bike in India

by Deepak on March 19, 2009

Yamaha became the first player in the Indian motorcycle market after launching their premium bikes R1 and MT01. Finally, we see some Moto GP bikes here and it’s a treat for motor race lovers in this sub continent. The re-designed LED taillights and headlights are an addition to the stylish looks of the new Yamaha R1 bike. In fact, Yamaha R1 is certainly the most technically advanced bike in the Indian market and is the first Open-class production motorcycle.

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The bikes were imported from Europe and are powered with 998 cc engine. The R1 looks more sturdy than classy. The best features of the bike are its ergonomics, steering and the overlook of the bike is quite appealing. It definitely a better version when compared to the previous model.

Looks and Handling: The LED tail lights and headlights of Yamaha R1 are sure eye-catchers. The bike is designed with bigger ram air-intake and the windscreen is an otherwise screw less journey in this bike. The digital gauge has lap meter, clock, shift light, dual trip meters and also temperature reader, so it is comes with many functions. The 15,000-rpm analogue tachometer is another feature that cannot be ignored. The radial tyres provide a great grip and can be handled comfortably. The foot pegs are lightweight and are quite durable.

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What is still interesting is that the Yamaha R1 weight is reduced with the well-designed hollow bolts and fasteners. There is also a great provision for tool kit storage under the back seat. The bike has a lightweight battery (8.6 AH).

Engine Power: Yamaha R1 runs on a powerful 4 cylinder engine of 998 cc DOHC with 20 valves. The bike is engineered with the chip control throttle technology that can control 32 bit EU fuel injection, which delivers great power. For an instant power liberation there is electronically devised funnel length between 60-140mm. In the rear end of the bike is the fuel tank and the ram-air-fed air box is fixed in the front to generate more power to the bike.

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Yamaha R1 has a narrow engine and chassis and is also well equipped to reduce shocks. The four cylinders have enormous power and throttle is built by what is called YCC T fly-by-wire process that gives darn good control of the vehicle.

Yamaha R1 has another feature which is the aggressive R1 power plant, and it’s built with a variable length intake tunnel system which can be electronically controlled and there is an option of torque-limiting clutch so one can slow down the bike speed. The disc brakes of the new Yamaha R1 are also very efficient. The bike can touch high velocities within less time courtesy the six-speed gearbox. The aluminium Delta box frame helps in easy and hassle free ignition. The 5-spoke wheels are dynamic and they have the ability to bring the bike into a sudden halt.

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Final Say: The gearbox and brakes performance of the bike are excellent. The control system and the power of the bike are great assets of the R1. The 8 headlights are superior and enhance the look of the bike. The bike is fast and zooms well on road because of its lightweight. On the downside, you can feel the vibrations at high speed and riding position is a little uncomfortable.

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And you need to exert more pressure and transfer weight to the front while in the corners. The seats get hotter with increasing speed because the pipes are right below. Yamaha R1 bike is available in some interesting colors such as Team Yamaha Blue, Charcoal Silver and Candy Red color variants. But this big bike is priced exuberantly at Rs 11.5 lakhs. If are a bike lover and don’t see for money you will never regret owning the new Yamaha R1. There will be several heads turning to you as you and your new Yamaha R1 vroom on the roads.

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Will March 19, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Great pictures Deepak, I simply enjoyed reading the review. You are one of the best bloggers in India! :)

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Car Blog March 20, 2009 at 11:22 am

I really think that Yamaha has created a segment of its own in India with the R1, which was ofcourse followed onto by other players. However the driveability and good city manners of the R1 make this the best 1000cc bike in India.

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KARAN March 20, 2009 at 3:08 pm

R1 is one of the coolest bikes to have arrived to india,Yamaha being an international brand also hosts racing sessions.To participate do log on to the official website coz dats where these cool bikes will be seen racing wih each other
or simply click on the link given below

http://www.yamaha-motor-india.com/race/racing-ridetech/index.html

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sai March 20, 2009 at 8:31 pm

did u get a ride? what is the bike that u prefer after karizma for six foot guy? giv me a list of 3 to 4 bikes of any budget, capacity, mileage?

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Sumon November 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

i ride yamaha R1 2009 model.i am a guy basically from calcutta but live in toronto since last 6 years.i own a apache rtr180 at calcutta too.trust me.i will suggest u go for 250 cc or any 600cc bikes after karizma.in india if u r lil bit careless then u willl have an accident .if not becoz of u then becoz of other pppl.come on,,,R1 is a track bike basically.not for public roads. it has full torque till 3rd gear.if u put ur throttle all the ways up till third gear it will lift up the front wheel.and might skid in indian road roads(m not talking about new highways).there are lotsa stone chips beside roads.anyways i will suggest go slowly with lower cc bikes then go 1000cc gradually.i rode yamaha r6 for 2 years before i had yamaha r1.good luck bro.

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shalz06 March 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm

yamaha R15 have redefined the concept of bikes in India. YZF-R15 is characterized by a hybrid design that combines the world-class design of the “R” series with localized functions. The YZF-R15 was created to lead the supersport category in India.

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Manoj September 10, 2009 at 9:40 am

Its a blockbuster bike

Regards,

Manoj

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Anurag September 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm

what will be the price of this bike on indian road??

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Mohammed November 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm

My favourite international bike but not effordable at all.

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USREALHEADRESD February 4, 2010 at 12:25 am

R1 RATE IS 12 LAKH ON ROAD, MILEAGE AROUND 11KMS/LTR, HAD R1 RODE IT TILL 50Ks

NW USING A HAYABUS A(SIMPLY LUV IT)

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Mano March 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

Dude i’ve a plan to buy a r1 shortly…… wat is the price of it in India?

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Mano March 9, 2010 at 10:48 am

oh kewl dude……… Im in tamil nadu… wer is it ok for me to buy it?

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yash April 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

YAMAHA R1 08 (THIS BIKE IN PICS) COSTS 14 LAKH ON ROAD PRICE AND THIS MODEL IS BEING REMOVED AND THE NEW 2009 MODEL IS BEING LOUNCHED IN INDIA AND I GOTTA BUY A SEC HAND R1 LIKE THIS CUZ ITS NO MORE AVAIBLE IN THE SHOWROOMS (I LOVE THIS MODEL)

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pankaj srivastava November 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

its my dream byke, looks too smart, nice byke

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beerankutty December 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm

yamaha is a good bik

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beerankutty December 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

very very beutifull

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omkar December 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm

its just beautiful and hot

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khan fahid December 31, 2010 at 4:30 pm

nice byke and extremely favorable i think that it must improve look complicated and electronic speedometer

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sharad February 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

this bike is really awesome……………………………………………

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manish February 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

iski maa ki chodo kya bike hai mai aur mere friend to yahi lenge.

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seng June 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

it’$ a cool bike???

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rahul bhati July 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

i need asecond hand yamaha r1 i m cracy for that bike if any boby uz interest plz call me on 9030135122,8008978878

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suthakar January 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

i like old bullet bikes…..if u any details known about that…..pls give me that details..

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siraj November 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm

9844489868

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Dibakar Baishnab April 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Awesome bike……….
I lyk It so much…

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arya May 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

this is a very nie superbike ,,,,i ask one question how much price onroad this superbike in india…..i asked all guye’s

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sunny leone May 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

i love yamaha r1 realy it is very stranger and hoty bike i love my bike.thank u

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rijas pazhaganad November 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Smoth drivimg dike

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rijas pazhaganad November 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I lovd you bike

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Rasheed November 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I Love Yamaha all bikes because Yamaha is realy excellent

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manjunath singh November 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm

it’good I like it

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abdulrahman December 7, 2013 at 1:18 am

Number pls

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Azhar sid February 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Can anyone inform me abt r1 bhp power how much it has ???

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