Sjaak Lucassen is a motorcycle adventurer who in March 2001 began a trip around the world that would end five years later. Sponsored by Clymer, he traveled through Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America passing through the Amazon, Congo, China, Thailand, Sturgis as well as the Black Hills and more.
Definitely, the most impressive part about the ambitious rider’s achievement is the fact that it didn’t rode a BMW GS or a Kawasaki KLR, but the notorious Yamaha YZF-R1, a supersports motorcycle which, by its nature, has nothing to do with off-road traveling, desert and deep water crossing. So the bike was heavily modified for a challenge faced once in a lifetime, but it still remains an R1. For details regarding modifications and more, go to Sjaak Lucassen’s website.
GP Motorsports builds motorcycle replicas with such accuracy that even the original designers would have troubles spotting the difference if there wasn’t for some minor details included willfully. Take this M1-replica that they’ve built out of a 2008 Yamaha R1 for example. The only details that set it apart from the original thing are the “R1” logo on the fairing and filler panels below the tank.
There isn’t much left of the original bike. In fact they only needed R1’s frame on which they started to add unique components such as the forks which have been taking straight off Carlos Checa’s 2003 GP bike. There is an Öhlins TTX shock and an R7 triple clamp, just to start your interest. Racefit have crafted the custom exhaust and Dymags provided the 16.5" carbon rims.
Featuring Superbike-spec, this replica costs approximately $65,000, but if customers can live without the racing engine and TTX suspensions, the price will be dramatically reduced to around $17,000 and you’ll get the same reaction from people with enormously less costs.
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.