According to a video created by people with a well developed sense of observation, the all-new BMW S1000RR clearly resembles the 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6. They based this comparison on the recently released first picture of the German bike and side view shot of the Japanese one and we must face the facts. “Several” elements such as the swingarm , heel guard, seat, tail, passenger pegs, fuel tank, windscreen, upper side fairing and front cowling are very similar.
BMW hasn’t yet given a replica to the discrediting video and we reckon they’ll keep it that way.
Yamaha Motor Europe has made a tradition from promoting their R1 models with the words of Valentino Rossi and the 2009 one couldn’t have made an exception. Therefore in the promotional video, Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi refers to the revolutionary engine with the following: "this engine with the crossplane crankshaft gives an easy link between me and the bike, and at the same time provides a lot of power with great control".
Yamaha wasn’t planning to wait for its AMA Supercross Lites opponents and then have the YZ250F launched as it knew exactly what the bike needed so that it would perform excellently in 2009. Refinements to the engine make it pull stronger across the rev range and the ones brought to the chassis result in a sharper steering and a better bump-absorbing bike.
In such a rapidly evolving industry, manufacturers do even the impossible to keep up the pace with competitors or to become benchmark themselves. But, especially in the super sport category, that often implies changing a model even though the market hasn’t had enough of it. That is exactly what happened with the Yamaha R6, but this manufacturer made sure that it offers complete satisfaction for its customers and so the YZF-R6S appeared.
The Yamaha YZF-R6 was already commercialized as an unbeatable combination of power and handling in the middleweight super sport class and the 2009 model year shows how things can be pushed even further after receiving the proper feedback from the previous model year. So Yamaha optimizes the engine’s power output in a quest for better lap times, adds some new color schemes and here is the 2009 Yamaha R6.
New MotoGP technologies that have been implemented on the all-new 2009 Yamaha R1 change the sound of this race bike with headlights and mirrors. Because in the official video that doesn’t stand out, we show you an additional clip that is especially made for cathing the sound of uneven firing interval. Music to my ears…
We know that stunt man often apply artificial buffs rather than paint on their previously asphalt polished motorcycles, but we also have a hunch that this is not the case as this dressed up Yamaha R1 features the original mirrors, headlights, etc, leaving us wondering: why would anybody do that?
Well…there is more than one possibility. For example, this can be an interesting super sized mechanical friend for your Dalmatian dog or a hard thing to ride on when willing to get the heard into the fold. But, without a doubt, it is intriguing so I’ll let your imagination come up with more possibilities.
Motorcycle artist Roland Sands has recently spent some time with the Yamaha R1 studying it and finding cooler parts and technologies to implement on the already mind blowing performing motorcycle.
The result is this one-off Kenny Roberts style colored “Performance Machine”, as it says on the rear end, which stands out thanks to the longer swingarm, custom wheels and exhaust (that must sound crazy).
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the design, but I don’t know how the bike performs while braking as, for example, in order to have the front wheel stand out a brake disc was removed. Also the rider would have troubles seeing anything in those nice small mirrors.