2009 Yamaha R1 speculation continues, big bang engine rumored

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2009_Yamaha_R1_big_bang.jpgUpdate: the 2009 Yamaha R1 has been revealed. Check out our story here.
French motorcycle magazine MotoRevue commissioned this image to show what it thinks the 2009 Yamaha R1 will look like, also reporting that factory sources have revealed the bike may use an M1-style big bang engine. While we don’t think Yamaha will alter the R1 brand’s look to such a radical degree, this illustration does highlight the M1-influence that is allegedly making its way into the new machine.
>If the rumored big-bang engine does reach production, it could be a
genuine game changer for the liter bike class, offering the X-factor
the new R1 desperately needs if it’s to regain performance superiority
over bikes like the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR and 2009 Suzuki GSX-R 1000. It could also be the M1-influence Randy Mamola mentioned.

Currently employed by Yamaha in MotoGP, big bang engines combine the
power of an inline-four with the traction of a v-twin. Essentially, the
cylinders are fired two-by-two, spacing out the power pulses, allowing
the rear tire time to regain traction between them. Such a development
could be a major boon to a road bike, making its immense power easier,
safer and more controllable. However, the huge pulses of power put a
large amount of stress on an engine’s components; not a problem in
MotoGP, where the engines receive frequent rebuilds, but a potential
issue in any road bike. Yamaha is rumored to have developed a
1-2-1-cylinder big bang engine for British Superbike in which an
individual cylinder was fired in advance of the large power pulse,
“priming” the crank shaft for the arrival of huge stresses. Should a
big bang engine reach production, it could employ this arrangement.

Yamaha is expected to officially unveil the 2009 R1 this fall, we’ll keep you updated.

via MotoRevue

  • Ty

    Boo, to fake images dreamed up by graphic artists with time on their hands in need of another paycheck. Boo, to rumors and speculation. It’s not journalism. Save it for lip-flapping chin-wagging at the pub or a special column space titled “Stuff We Just Pulled Out of Our Ass.” Hey, I actually like that idea. Go ahead and use it if you like.

  • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

    Boo to people not interested in ideas for their own sake. Boo to people happy to receive their news in the form of a press release. Boo to the boring and boo to the traditional. And an especially big boo to those not excited enough about fancy new motorcycles.

  • http://www.teethblog.blogspot.com/ teeth

    Boo to getting served!

  • Ty

    Hey guys, there’s a major benefactor just waiting to tap into the market your Web site provides and is looking to pump huge resources into HFL, sources say. Test bikes? Soon, you might be pulling them out of your own every-brand shop. And an HFL 18-wheeler could be bringing them and staff to exotic riding destinations everywhere. Could you be headed for the intersection of Livinglarge Lane and Easy Street? Computer-graphic image of big-buck sponsor and steaming load of cash soon to come. Seriously, HFL provides great content from a wider array of motorcycle sources than perhaps any other bike site. And then you add thoughtful comment that’s a joy to read. My comment is that you cheapen what you do best by doing what so many other motojournalists do: play the old new-model guessing game.

  • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

    Wait, when’s the 18-wheeler get here?

    Point taken Ty, but I have to disagree with you when it comes to discussing new model speculation. The whole idea of a blog is to feature a wider array of content than any other publication can. Part of that can and should be really cool imaginary bikes like the R1 rendered above by someone who clearly has never seen one of Yamaha’s street bikes.

    It’s the ideas and the conversation about them that’s important here. Ideas are interesting, even if they are just rumors. Unlike other publications, we’re not trying to fool anyone, anything that’s speculation is clearly indicated as such.

    And the best thing is, that if you don’t agree with me, there’s 19 more articles on this page and about 500 hiding in the tag cloud above.

  • Ty

    Touche. But other publications also offer thorough research. Testing for content. Digging for evidence. Interviewing qualified sources who stand by their quotes. Getting beyond the releases and the rumors and really finding out what’s what. And then passing it onto readers in fair fashion and really informing them. It’s missing in much of popular media. It’s not as easy to find anymore with moto media. Answer me this: Why do motojournalists seemingly delve into wild speculation only with regard to new models? As long as we’re dreaming, why not get into some really exciting arenas? Tax incentives for motorcycle and scooter riders. Lane-sharing in all 50 states. Bureau of Land Management opening up vast new off-road riding areas. Bloomberg supporting hundreds of motorcycle parking spaces in New York City! Ideas are interesting, but it’s also vaporware. As a reader I’m always looking for hard news substance delivered by writers I can trust. I trust you.

  • Brian

    I am really excited about the 2009 R1! I have never owned a Yamaha, however, I first leared to ride on the street with an FZ600. Needless to day, I want to know what they are doing soon! I can’t friggin’ wait…this is my favorite time of year. The weather cools off, the college football season is beginning and new bikes are released!

    This just might be the bike that makes me sell the tarmac destroying 2004 ZX-10R that I race…

  • Nick

    Looks like someone took an ’08 CBR1000 & and a RC51 and molded it together. I hope the new ’09 R1 looks totally different than this concept and the others that I’ve seen thus far. I hope they integrate the turn signals with the mirrors and make it look even crazier than the 2008 R6.

  • Pinank

    This bike is wonderfullll.