2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE | Valentino Rossi

Rossi-Fiat Limited Edition

Moto journalists and consumers agree that once you hear the growl of the Yamaha YZF-R1, it is clear that this motorcycle is unlike anything before. Winning on the World Superbike racing circuit and in the motorcycle press, the Yamaha R1 was chosen for the Ultimate Motorcycling Design Awards for its MotoGP – inspired engine and chassis technology and its luxurious fit and finish.

New for 2010, the R1 will be offered in an Limited Edition (LE) complete with Valentino Rossi’s Fiat Yamaha livery including the number "46" and "The Doctor" logos. Each Yamaha R1 LE will also contain a replica of Valentino’s signature on the fuel tank.

The Yamaha R1 is all about delivery of power, to be exact. That’s because the Yamaha R1 is the world’s first production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. Originally pioneered in MotoGP racing with the M1, crossplane technology puts each crank pin 90 degrees from the next, with an uneven firing interval of 270-180-90-180 degrees. The result is incredibly smooth, roll-on power delivery with outrageous amounts of torque for a rush like you’ve never experienced before.

The unique shape of the 2010 Yamaha R1 crossplane crank smoothes out fluctuations in inertial crankshaft torque to provide very linear power delivery as the engine’s combustion torque builds, giving the rider more linear throttle response with awesome power and traction exiting corners. Not just new, the R1’s new crossplane crank engine represents a complete paradigm shift.

To make the crossplane crank viable an advanced ECU individually maps each cylinder’s ignition and fuel injection timing. This powerful electronics package also controls the 2010 Yamaha R1’s Chip Control Intake and Chip Control Throttle (YCC-I, YCC-T).

The inclusion of D-MODE variable throttle control function enables the rider to adjust performance characteristics to match a variety of riding conditions. In addition to standard mode mapped for optimum performance, the rider can select from A mode for sportier response in low to mid-speed range, and B mode for somewhat less sharp response for riding situations that require especially sensitive throttle operation. These 3 different maps at the push of a button allow the rider to choose the optimum power character for their Yamaha R1 riding situation.

This revolutionary new R1 engine is housed in an equally advanced chassis. Control filled die-cast frame rails balance high vertical rigidity with relatively low lateral rigidity for increased high speed stability while improving handling, especially while leaned over during corner exit. A control filled die-cast magnesium sub frame cuts weight far from the center of balance and contributes to concentration of mass.

Visually the new Yamaha R1 breaks new ground leading with twin projector beam headlights concentrated near newly placed forced air intake ducts. The sculpted body work features inner and outer shells controlling airflow around the bike at high speeds and forcing more cool air to the radiator and engine bay while eliminating the need for hot-air vents usually located at the sides of the radiator.

More than the just the next-generation of supersport; the Yamaha YZF-R1 represents a major breakthrough in supersport technology and performance.

The 2010 Yamaha R1 will be available in dealerships nationwide beginning in September 2009 with a starting MSRP of $13,290 and available in Raven, Pearl White and Team Yamaha Blue/White.

The 2010 Yamaha R1 LE will be available in January 2010 with a starting MSRP of $14,500 and available in Fiat Yamaha Team graphics.