In 1998, Yamaha introduced the YZF-R1 – a motorcycle that redefined the superbike landscape.The bike introduced the world’s first vertically stacked transmission (the gearbox’s main shaft was above rather than inline with the crankshaft to save weight), and produced 150 horsepower while weighing just 390 pounds (dry).
This power-to-weight recipe created an immediate icon, and brought serious competition to the superbike hero of the time, the CBR900RR Fireblade that produced 130 horsepower and weighed 397 pounds.Fast forward to 2018, and the Yamaha YZF-R1 celebrates its 20th anniversary. Though it’s technically a year late, Yamaha is releasing the 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR “20th Anniversary” model.Only 20 will be made, and Yamaha Europe says all applications are now closed for those who have the €39,500 (about $45,000) to spend on the racetrack-only model.We can still gawk, though, at the YZF-R1 GYTR 20th Anniversary model, which uses the same livery of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team R1 used to win four-straight Suzuka 8 Hours titles.It’s also loaded with Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR) performance, including:
GYTR Racing Spark Plugs
GYTR AIS Plug Set
GYTR Race Wire Harness Set
GYTR ECU and Communication Cable
GYTR Quick Throttle
Each R1 has its limited edition number engraved on the top yoke, and is shipped with a certificate of authenticity. The bikes will be assembled by an Official Yamaha Racing Team crew, receive a full dyno engine run-in and get a first oil change with premium Yamalube oil.Each owner will also be able to attend the Yamaha Racing Experience in Spring/Summer 2019. For those who choose to attend, they will receive an exclusive YZF-R1 GYRT set up session designed to fine tune their R1s.Following are a list of additional specs, along with a photo gallery of the gorgeous GYTR Yamaha YZF-R1 20th Anniversary.Yamaha YZF-R1 GYTR 20th Anniversary Extras:
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.