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Limited edition Rossi Special R1 races in (Australia)

January 19th, 2010



None of us will be able to ride like Rossi, but we can look just as fast with the new limited edition YZF-R1SP. This special Rossi liveried version of Yamaha's 2010 model YZF-R1 supersports bike will hit the showrooms in March 2010.

The YZF-R1SP will be available in strictly limited numbers at RRP (inc GST) $21,299. Customers are urged to contact their dealers to place an order to avoid disappointment.

The YZF-R1SP is based on a 2010 R1 but fitted with Rossi decal kit that includes #46 race numbers front and rear and the maestro's signature on the fuel tank to make it the ultimate autograph collector's piece.

The revolutionary YZF-R1 was introduced at the end of February 2009. The radical and innovative new model represented the most significant development in engine and chassis technology ever seen in the 11-year history of this legendary motorcycle.

Featuring an all-new 998cc engine whose design, feel and character has been influenced by Rossi's championship winning M1, the new high-tech R1 powerplant is closely linked to our Moto GP bike. In fact the new model R1 engine has benefited from more Moto GP developed technology than any other in its long and prestigious history.

In addition, the completely redesigned aluminium Deltabox chassis and aggressive styling, give the new-generation YZF-R1 a radical new look and bring innovative technology to the class. In the same way that the original YZF-R1 threw the rule book out of the window, this revolutionary new model sets a new benchmark for the super-competitive 1000cc supersport category.

Crossplane crankshaft engine for purer torque output
Rather than look exclusively to additional electronic aids to further enhance the YZF-R1's performance and controllability, Yamaha's engineers have opted for a mechanical solution.

The defining and most influential feature of the YZF-R1SP is the use of an innovative new 998cc engine which has been developed from our winning YZR-M1 Moto GP design. Undoubtedly the single most significant piece of technology to be seen on this compact new high-performance engine is its race-developed crossplane crankshaft, which delivers outstandingly pure torque characteristics and high levels of traction. Indeed, the engine's linear and controllable torque characteristics are the very essence of this radical YZF-R1SP.

Uneven firing interval for new levels of feel and traction
The engine's uneven 270° - 180° - 90° - 180° firing interval gives the YZF-R1 rider a more precise and immediate feeling of control over the torque output levels. In addition, the engine's linear torque delivery gives rise to a confidence-inspiring sensation that makes each throttle input, however subtle, feel as though it is transmitted directly to the rear tyre.

The result of this rider-responsive torque is an enormously capable 1000cc supersport motorcycle that is designed to deliver previously unattainable levels of traction for unrivalled cornering performance.

To accentuate the performance gains of the crossplane crankshaft engine, we have also developed a short-wheelbase aluminium Deltabox chassis and optimised the front and rear suspension systems. And the radical and aggressive styling emphasises the YZF-R1's concentration of mass.

Inline 4-cylinder engine
This remarkable 998cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder 4-valve engine features bore x stroke dimensions of 78.0 mm x 52.2 mm, giving an extremely short stroke layout, together with the largest bore dimensions ever used on a Yamaha 1000cc supersport engine. In association with the short stroke and big bore, a high compression ratio of 12.7:1 is featured, which contributes to the engine's impressive power output of 182 PS at 12,500 rpm, and a torque output of 115.5 Nm (11.8 kg-m) at 10,000 rpm with natural aspiration.

Crossplane crankshaft with uneven firing interval for linear throttle control
Undoubtedly the most significant change for 2009 was the use of an all-new crossplane crankshaft which is based on the advanced race-bred technology that was originally developed for the Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP racing machine. This crossplane crankshaft was introduced in order to enable the engine to produce more linear torque characteristics, together with more accurate and linear throttle control (see sidebar on right for explanation).

The engine's linear power characteristics deliver a 1:1 relationship between the rider's throttle input and the engine's output to the rear tyre, and it is this crucial aspect of the bike's character that allows the rider to experience a new of level of cornering performance, together with outstanding traction when entering the mid-section of a corner, and also when accelerating out of a bend.

Another feature of the crossplane crankshaft with uneven firing interval is the very special exhaust note that this layout produces, and the YZF-R1SP engine note has much in common with the YZR-M1 racing machine.

Forged aluminium pistons
The YZF-R1SP is equipped with lightweight forged aluminium pistons which have been manufactured using the same process as the 2008 YZF-R1. During the special forging process, the aluminium alloy is not actually melted, but is only heated to the temperature where it can be shaped under pressure in the forge. This system allows the aluminium to retain more of the original strength of the metallurgic matrix, which enables our engineers to specify a lighter piston design, thereby reducing reciprocating weight and enhancing throttle response.

Closed-deck ceramic-composite plated cylinder
The lightweight ceramic-composite plated cylinder provides excellent heat dissipation together with an outstanding rigidity balance. This short-stroke cylinder features a closed-deck design in which the coolant passages do not pass from the cylinder into the cylinder head, and this makes for high levels of reliability in this type of high compression inline 4-cylinder engine. The short-stroke engine also benefits from shorter cylinder stud bolts which give a weight reduction, and at the same time helps reduce overall engine height to give compact overall dimensions.

Fracture split (FS) carburised con rods
The YZF-R1SP is equipped with fracture-split (FS) carburised con rods, a system that has been used successfully by Yamaha since the 2004 model YZF-R1. The two halves of each fracture-spit big end ring are re-assembled along the same fracture lines, and this makes for a stronger and more perfectly round big end, giving outstanding performance and reliability.

Optimised large-diameter crank journal and flywheel mass
The YZF-R1SP engine design is equipped with a larger 36 mm crank journal (compared to 32 mm diameter on the 2008 model YZF-R1) which is designed to handle the new power and torque characteristics of the crossplane crankshaft.

YCC-I (Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake)
The YCC-I system features electronically-controlled intake funnels whose length can be varied to suit the prevailing engine speed in order to provide good intake pulsation.

At low to mid engine speeds the long and short funnels operate as a single connected unit, but when the engine speed exceeds 9400 rpm the YCC-I on the new YZF-R1 engine automatically separates the lower funnel and upper funnel by means of an electronically-controlled servomotor. By varying intake length to suit engine rpm, the YCC-I system enables the new YZF-R1 engine to operate more effectively across the rpm band, and the funnel separation process is so smooth that the rider is unaware it has happened.

YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle)
The advanced YCC-T electronic throttle system delivers outstanding controllability at all speeds, and helps to prevent any hesitation caused by an excessive fuel/air supply when the throttle is opened suddenly. The system adjusts the throttle valve opening via a servomotor at intervals of 1/100th of a second. By constantly calculating and adjusting the optimal throttle opening and intake air volume to match the prevailing engine running conditions, the YCC-T consistently ensures that the YZF-R1SP engine produces an optimum drive torque curve - and the ignition timing is mapped separately for each cylinder in order to ensure efficient combustion processes.

Fuel injection system with secondary injector
The YCC-T operates a highly-efficient twin injector type fuel injection system which is designed to deliver outstanding throttle response and remarkable performance at all riding speeds.

This twin injector system features a main injector together with a secondary injector, which is situated at the upper edge of the funnel. The secondary injector comes into operation in the engine's mid to high-speed range to complement the main injector, and this design ensures remarkable response and outstanding acceleration and performance.

D-mode Map
The YZF-R1SP is equipped with a D-mode Map which works in association with the YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) and allows the rider to select a performance profile to match their requirements.

The D-mode Map consist of three modes which are: Standard mode; A mode; and B mode; and the rider can choose which mode is best suited to the prevailing riding conditions by operating a switch on the handlebars. Standard mode is mapped to give optimum all-round performance, while the A mode delivers sharper engine response, and the B mode gives a gentler response to the rider's throttle inputs.

Redesigned forced air intake
The YZF-R1SP's redesigned forced air intake system utilises the natural airflow to increase the pressure of the air in the airbox, and this ensures increased levels of power at higher speeds for outstanding performance. This system takes air in through the front cowl, and channels it via the left and right sides of the new frame, directly into the airbox. The YZF-R1SP's forced air intake system incorporates special new side branches which reduce intake noise.

Slipper clutch
For even more stable handling performance when decelerating during quick downshifting, the YZF-R1SP is equipped with a slipper clutch. This clutch features a mechanism that adjusts clutch spring load when excessive torque is transferred from the rear wheel to the crank when the rider changes down through the transmission. By controlling excessive engine braking forces, this system enhances overall controllability.

4-2-1-2 exhaust and twin up-slanted mufflers
In order to ensure an effective exhaust pulsation to complement the engine's crossplane crankshaft, an exhaust system is fitted in which the exhaust pipes for the 1st and 4th cylinders and for the 2nd and 3rd cylinders are brought together in a 4-2-1-2 layout.

This high performance system features a 3-way catalyser positioned at the point where the four exhaust pipes meet, and outstanding environmental performance is ensured by an O2 sensor linked to the ECU which constantly adjusts the fuel/air mix in order to minimise harmful emissions.

The stylish triangular-shaped mufflers emit a sharp, gutsy exhaust note which complements the unique pulse created by the asymmetric firing sequence of the new crossplane crankshaft. The triangular design also contributes to the tighter and more compact body design of the YZF-R1SP, while at the same time giving the bike's rear end a sharp new look.

Engine Technical Highlights

    * Moto GP-developed 998cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder 4-valve DOHC
    * 182 PS at 12,500 rpm without ram air
    * 115.5 Nm (11.8 kg-m) at 10,000 rpm
    * Short-stroke, big-bore design
    * Bore x stroke 78.0 mm x 52.2 mm
    * Crossplane crankshaft
    * Uneven 270º - 180º - 90º - 180º firing interval
    * Forged aluminium pistons
    * Closed-deck ceramic-composite plated cylinder
    * Fracture split (FS) carburised con rods
    * Optimised large-diameter crank journal and flywheel mass
    * YCC-I (Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake)
    * YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle)
    * Fuel injection system with secondary injector
    * D-mode Map
    * Forced air intake
    * Slipper clutch
    * 4-2-1-2 exhaust and twin up-slanted mufflers

Aluminium Deltabox frame
The YZF-R1SP runs with a completely new aluminium Deltabox frame which has been designed to deliver class-leading handling and cornering performance. Particular attention has been paid to achieving a handling character which allows the rider to fully utilise the new linear torque characteristics and high levels of traction delivered by the new crossplane crankshaft engine.

With the exception of the internal forced air intake ducts, the Deltabox frame is virtually completely different to the 2008 design, and as well as featuring a new shape with different dimensions, the type of aluminium used and the frame's overall rigidity balance are also changed.

The YZF-R1SP frame uses a combination of different types of aluminium to achieve the desired balance of rigidity. Gravity cast parts are used for the head pipe as well as the engine mount assemblies and the pivot support assembly, while the outside tank rails are made from CF die-cast aluminium which allows the use of much thinner walls. Parts for the inner tank rail are made from extruded aluminium.

Idealised balance of rigidity
By using a combination of lightweight parts with different characteristics, Yamaha's engineers have succeeded in creating a Deltabox frame that delivers an idealised balance of rigidity. Lateral rigidity has been adjusted, and as well as enhancing high speed stability, this feature also helps improve overall handling performance, particularly in terms of enabling effective traction when exiting a curve.

The engine is a stressed member of the frame, and the engine mounts are rigid types, with two on the upper crankcase and two on the lower crankcase, and two at the right and left ends of the cylinder head. The frame uses extremely strong cast parts at the head pipe, swingarm pivot and engine mounts, while the die-cast and extruded aluminium structures that connect them are given a degree of forgiveness.

This unique combination of rigid and slightly less rigid aluminium components are what give the YZF-R1SP's Deltabox frame such a special character, which allows the rider to explore the full potential of the machine's outstanding performance. In addition, the idealised balance of rigidity on this innovative frame also enhances the very special direct torque feeling associated with the exciting crossplane crankshaft engine, making the YZF-R1SP a truly unique riding experience.

Compact dimensions with lower centre of gravity
The R1 engine is mounted 9 degrees more upright than the 2008 model, and the cylinders are angled forward at 31 degrees. Also, the engine mounting position is 12 mm further forward in relation to the drive axis than the 2008 YZF-R1, and this factor helps contribute towards making the front wheel feel even more 'stuck' to the road. And with the pivot position set a few mm lower than previously, transfer of drive force to the road surface is improved.

These factors, together with a fuel tank design have come together to create a centre of gravity that is slightly lower than the existing model, giving optimised handling performance.

To illustrate the bike's compactness, an imaginary triangle created by joining the front and rear tyre contact patches with the centre of gravity is smaller than on the 2008 YZF-R1. This compactness makes for agile handling performance, and allows the rider to make full use of the linear torque and high traction when powering out of bends.

Large-capacity fuel tank
Concentration of mass has been a significant feature on all R-series supersport machines, and the YZF-R1SP takes the concept one step further with the fitment of a large-capacity fuel tank. The press-formed shape was developed using 3-D simulation analysis technology, and this has enabled our engineers to create a larger, elongated fuel tank which sits neatly within the twin spar aluminium Deltabox frame.

With a capacity of 18 litres, the shape and position of the fuel tank helps to improve concentration of mass, and its central location helps to minimize any variation in the YZF-R1SP's handling characteristics as the amount of fuel in the tank decreases.

Magnesium rear frame
By using lightweight materials for those components that are furthest from the machine's centre of balance, Yamaha's engineers have been able to enhance the YZF-R1's concentration of mass even further.

The magnesium rear frame made its debut on the 2008 model R6, and its use on the YZF-R1SP takes the concentration of mass on this new generation one litre supersport machine to a new level.

Swingarm with optimised rigidity balance
The proven and successful combination of a short wheelbase and long swingarm has been a feature on all YZF-R1 models since the machine was launched. A short wheelbase is associated with high levels of agility and good manoeuvrability, while a long swingarm which pivots close to the machine's mid-way point helps to deliver excellent stability during acceleration. In addition, because the YZF-R1's long swingarm features a pivot point which is located close to the axis of the final drive sprocket, rear suspension squat during hard acceleration is minimised.

The swingarm features a gravity-cast pivot assembly, while the arm and end-piece is a single-unit CF die-cast assembly. As a result of these changes, the weight of the new swingarm is reduced, and the rigidity balance has been optimised. This swingarm design helps to ensure responsive suspension action and enhanced handling performance, especially when the YZF-R1SP rider is exiting fast from a corner.

2-way adjustable rear shock absorber and bottom-link rear suspension
The adjustable rear shock absorber is equipped with both low and high-speed compression damping adjustment, allowing the rider to set the machine up to suit their individual needs and different riding conditions.

The bottom-link type suspension has been developed to make the most effective use of the 120 mm stroke, allowing the shock absorber to function efficiently for a stable and smooth riding experience. Surface feedback and damper response are all improved by the use of a pillow-type ball joint in the rear shock, and for ease of adjustment, a hydraulic-type adjuster is fitted.

Furthermore, bottom-link system enables to lower the mounting location of the rear suspension, and contributes to concentration of mass by setting the fuel tank in the vacant space.

43mm front forks with independent left/right side damping mechanisms
Like the 2008 model, the new YZF-R1SP is equipped with 43mm diameter front forks, but they are of a completely different design to previous suspension systems used on our R-series models.

The rebound and compression damping functions are separated, with the left fork equipped with the compression damping valves, and the right fork equipped with the rebound damping valves. This system offers a number of advantages, including the simplification of valve designs and oil flows, as well as minimising cavitations during successive strokes, and easier adjustment.

Separating the damping functions has also enabled our engineers to increase the diameter of the internal cylinders which helps to stabilise various pressure variances. This increase in cylinder diameter and oil volume also ensures that there is always sufficient oil available to deliver effective damping force for even the smallest front suspension movements. Simpler, more effective and easier to adjust, the front suspension system offers a clear advantage to the YZF-R1SP rider.

Lighter front brake discs with optimised controllability
The R-series models are famous for their class-leading braking performance, and the YZF-R1SP's compact system has been designed to offer optimum levels of braking power and controllability. The front braking system features 310 mm dual discs which are slowed by dual six-piston calipers each containing four pads. The lighter front discs reduce the inertial moment around the axle, which reduces the gyro effect of the front wheel to give lighter, more agile handling and quicker directional changes.

In addition, the inner rotor has been redesigned to give the desired amount of play to promote stable braking force, and the front brake lever offers improved operability and feel.

The rear brake features a 220mm diameter disc and single-piston pin-slide caliper with an aluminium piston, giving good braking operation and controllability.

Innovative cooling system with active air management
The cooling system on the YZF-R1SP features a number of innovations, and a unique feature of this advanced design is the use of lightweight plastic resin piping between the curved radiator and engine. This durable plastic piping has been manufactured using the 'floating core' method which makes for a lightweight structure.

By locating the inner cowl as close as possible to the engine, a passage has been created to channel the air after it has passed through the radiator and the two compact fans. At the same time, the negative pressure created along the surface of the middle cowl by the external airflow is actively used to draw this hot air away from the machine, resulting in more effective heat dissipation. Cooling efficiency is further improved by the fact that sufficient space is available between the inner cowl and the engine to allow the heated air to escape with ease.

Rear tyre with 55% R rating
To match the YZF-R1SP's increased torque feel and enhanced cornering performance, a 190/55R-17 rear tyre is fitted. This slightly higher profile tyre (compared to a 50% aspect ratio on the existing YZF-R1) is designed to deliver a good grip feeling especially when accelerating early from a curve.

Front end featuring headlights integrated with air intakes
One of the most significant visual changes to the YZF-R1SP is the front cowl that features dual projector headlights integrated with the air induction intakes. At the same time as being instantly recognisable as an R-series design, this radical front end accentuates the image of the YZF-R1SP cutting through the air in forward motion, and gives an even more intimidating and aggressive supersport image.

The innovative projector headlight design features a solenoid coil type high/low beam switching mechanism. On low beam settings, a shade covers part of the headlight, and when the high beam setting is selected by the rider, the shade retracts to reveal the whole of the projector headlight's beam.

By using this solenoid coil type high/low beam switching mechanism, Yamaha's designers have been able to replace the 2008 model's four projector headlights (two high beam, two low beam) with two units, allowing much greater freedom in the creation of a much more compact and aggressive front cowl.

Styling emphasises concentration of mass
The bold new bodywork and aggressive styling is designed to convey the feeling of the YZF-R1SP's concentration of mass and dense compactness, together with a sense of minimalism and a front-rear concentration of power.

At the same time the side view is aimed at drawing attention to the visual expression of the immense traction and driving power of the YZF-R1's crossplane crankshaft engine.

The sculptured middle cowl offers excellent aerodynamics for enhanced performance, as well as high levels of wind protection. In addition, this stylish cowl has also been designed to ensure that hot air is removed from the engine compartment, and its other role is to ensure that hot air is extracted from the engine compartment to give excellent heat dissipation.

Full instrumentation
The multi-function meter panel features a speedometer, rpm meter, coolant temperature indicator, intake air temperature indicator, two trip meters, trip fuel meter, clock, stopwatch, shift timing light, gear position indicator and engine mode indicator.

Chassis Technical Highlights

    * Aluminium Deltabox frame
    * Idealised balance of chassis rigidity
    * Compact dimensions and slightly lower centre of gravity
    * Large capacity mass-centralising fuel tank
    * CF die-cast magnesium rear frame
    * Lightweight swingarm with optimised rigidity balance
    * 2-way adjustable rear shock absorber and bottom-link rear suspension
    * 43mm front forks with independent left/right side damping mechanisms
    * Light front discs with optimised controllability
    * Innovative new cooling system with active air management
    * 190/55-17 rear tyre
    * Front end featuring headlights integrated with air intakes
    * Solenoid coil type projector headlight
    * Styling emphasises concentration of mass
    * Multi-function instrumentation


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