Yamaha Motor has been choosing competition since its inception. That is why Yamaha is now at the top of all major motorsport world championships almost 55 years later. In the 2009 season, Yamaha won the world titles in MotoGP, MX1 motocross, SX Supercross, World Endurance, World Superbikes and World Supersport. To celebrate the last title of world champion Cal Crutchlow, they now come out with a Champions Edition of his motorcycle, the YZF-R6. It is not entirely coincidental that only 35 copies of this aggressive-looking supersport motor will be made, 35 is the number that decorates Cal’s Yamaha R6. Crutchlow’s championship engine, like every R6, has the most up-to-date, exclusive Yamaha techniques in place, the same techniques that they made in the MotoGP better than anyone else. For example, YCCT provides a direct, electronic link between the rider’s hand and the fuel injection, which always gives exactly the right amount of gas. Furthermore, the revolutionary YCCI system ensures that the length of the inlet channels is continuously adjusted, only because of this it is possible to have both thick torque at the bottom and an amazing top power. The racing department provided the best handling characteristics with the best suspension, a brilliant frame and the overall balance that is so important for top performance.
This YZF-R6 champion bike is even better in the Champions Edition. The dark, ferocious exhaust and carbon raceparts of Akrapovic, white rims, a unique tankpad, the smoke windshield, the luxury seatcover and the special saddle, all of them merge into the engraved crownplate with the unique number of this Champions Edition.
Since its introduction in 1998, the R1 is a super sport legend. The latest R1 is packed with technology inspired by the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike, including the new YCC-I system (Yamaha Chip-Controlled Intake) that provides more power in the entire rev range.
Fast and good driving has everything to do with rider-machine interaction. That is why the R1 has a completely new frame that gives the rider an even better feedback and for extra traction when accelerating out sharp turns. The YZF-R1 is a reliable super sport legend. From the moment the first R1 arrived on the track in 1998, the engine captured heart, soul and numerous races. The latest R1 is packed with technology inspired by our YZR-M1 MotoGP engine plus the all-new YCC-I system (Yamaha Chip-Controlled Intake) air slots for more performance over the entire RPM range.
In 1992, Honda surprised the engine world with the introduction of the Fireblade, which was the starting shot for a new generation of heavy super sports. It took until 1998 before Yamaha with the YZF R1 had an answer to this super sport. An engine with a high ‘Hebbe’ content, if only because of its slick appearance. The few drivers who really were able to use the R1’s capacity for 100% were surprised by a very low weight and an unprecedented high power. Yamaha claimed a capacity of 150 hp and a weight of 177 kilos for the 1998 R1. Equipped with a lot of technical innovations, the engine was presented as the ultimate race monster for both the street and the circuit.
And indeed, it was a race monster. For most souls in supersportland, the 1998 R1 was even too much of a good thing. The engine had loads of brutal violence at home, but lacked the familiar and forgiving character of the Fireblade. Sure, the R1 was faster than the Fireblade, but whether the fast Yamaha was just as easy to drive was doubtful. Not for nothing did the ’98 -er R1 get the reputation of ‘wild and certainly not for everyone’.
One horsepower per kilo
The battle for the title in the 1000cc heavy supersport segment has burst into full force again. The horse race continues and has also shifted to the heavy super sport class. Pure power is not enough anymore, also the kilos are being watched. One horsepower per kilo has become the most normal thing in the world in 2007.
It is quite an experience to drive on the road with this type of engine. But is the new generation superbikes still suitable for Jan with the cap or do you necessarily have to wear the surname Rossi? Nowadays it is not only the performance that you pay attention to but user-friendliness is also of paramount importance nowadays.