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Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica

Taking a page from the Yamaha creates Japan’s exotic, exclusive superbike to

Like all the best ideas, it obvious after the event: your top supersport motorcycle, it for next season’s Superbike as you do every couple of years—then go a further to create a hotter-still built in small numbers and at a premium price. The Italian have been doing it for so (Ducati has practically made an art of it with its SP versions and the current S and R the only surprise is that the haven’t jumped in before

And with its 2006 YZF-R1 LE Edition model, Yamaha has in at last. This ultra-trick R1 is with such delicacies as suspension, rear ride-height lightweight Marchesini wheels and a clutch, plus the extra and revised frame of the ’06 R1. The 500 LEs coming stateside promise performance, from the most exclusive open-class weapon to come out of Japan.

Yamaha had a starting point with the R1, has been so popular following its two years ago that it’s the best-selling liter-size sportbike, 50,000 units sold Even so, the standard R1 has itself revised for 2006, though the tuning mods to the 998cc engine are 5mm-shorter intake guides that reduce and boost airflow through reshaped intake ports, recalibrated fuel and ignition in the 32-bit Mitsubishi ECU.

says those relatively changes generate an extra 3 raising claimed peak to 175 bhp at an unchanged 12,500 rpm (redline is unaltered at 13,750 rpm). torque bumps up from 77 to 80 the maker says. The tuning-fork also gave the engine a new tensioner, a 5mm-longer mainshaft, and changes to the clutch and primary that improve oil circulation to the transmission.

Of course, the LE model shares all of changes.

In the press kit, clearly identifies the latest chassis changes as stemming WSB input to improve handling at entry and corner exit. It that although the R1 was capable to capture titles in both the AMA and European Superstock classes, it has found tougher going in Superbike with another 40 bhp to put to the

Consequently, the main updates to the R1’s chassis involved rigidity—which doesn’t mean increasing it. In fact, the cast-aluminum is slightly thinner between the head and front engine the resultant reduction in rigidity is to give quicker turn-in and front-end feedback.

There is a bit of though. The R1 gets a thicker triple-clamp, stronger front and the standard bike’s 43mm inverted fork has slightly inner tubes and marginally outer tubes.

At the blunt the swingarm—whose traction-increasing length has an R1 feature ever since the model eight years now a further 0.8 inch longer, wheelbase to a longest yet figure of inches, as well as putting weight on the front wheel to grip during corner Development team leader Shimamoto said the longer also permits use of taller wider-section tires for racing

Still, it’s in creating the LE that Shimamoto and his team went to town. Not with its which gains little than a slipper clutch and silencers. Instead it’s the that gets the lion’s of improvements, starting with from hlins. The 43mm same size as the stocker’s, is by a Swedish-built shock that has a preload adjuster knob. The LE gets a ride-height adjuster into its linkage; adjustment is 10mm.

Unlike some of its the R1 LE doesn’t get an adjustable swingarm

Those neat gold Marchesini wheels (in the same as the ones on Rossi’s M1 racebike) shod with super-sticky Diablo Corsas instead of the R1’s Michelin Pilots. wheel saves roughly a in unsprung weight, benefiting suspension compliance and steering Even so, the standard R1 weighs a 381.4 pounds—2.2 pounds than last year’s the LE is 2.2 pounds heavier again due to the fork and the slipper clutch.

Not I was worrying about an extra bit of (I’d had a light breakfast) as I aboard the LE. The 500 units coming to the will all be finished in Yamaha’s yellow/white/black paint scheme, will also be available on the R1. Yamaha insists on calling it but it will probably be better as the Kenny Roberts Replica.

The top triple-clamp also features a plate, which read 000 in the of this pre-production machine.

That added to the feeling of something extra tasty as I down the pit lane at Spain’s circuitThe Yamaha’s immediately and responsive feel thankfully to diminish nerves generated by the of caning this ultra-exclusive, missile around a still wet racetrack, thanks to a series of and a trio of tornados. A few laps down the start/finish straight the digital speedo indicating 165 mph and certainly got the adrenaline flowing. as I knew the two remaining damp were the upcoming chicane and the long right-hander, which had a of slippery-looking patches right on the racing line at its exit.

But the R1 LE it all in its supremely sorted, well-balanced slowing fiercely with the aid of the and hugely powerful radial-mount front brake calipers, flicking effortlessly right-left the chicane, its outstandingly well-balanced helping me avoid a mistake. bikes are hard work to get for the second section, but the Yamaha felt beautifully balanced and as it cranked from side to with minimal effort.

light steering was welcome moments later as I nudged the slightly to the right to avoid the patches before screaming it up the toward the next right-hander. else the track was dry, so to get the R1’s footrests dragging given the impressive grip of the Corsas. Cornering clearance a problem, though, and being I was glad of the reasonably roomy position that’s even welcome on the road.

Such is the handling prowess of any top supersport bike—including the old R1—that any improvement is going to be difficult to until you fit slicks and start competitive lap times. (Yamaha’s Superbike teams will appreciate the new model most of How much the new, less-rigid helps the R1’s handling is open to debate; same for the swingarm’s contribution to the way it hammers out of with a welcome willingness to grip and charge forward than wheelie and shake its Still, out on real roads, the suspension is bound to be a superb as high-quality dampers such as are able to deliver that combination of plushness and control.

the Limited Edition’s handling over the standard R1 that ridden earlier in the day was perhaps as down to setup as the Swedish-made extra sophistication. But it’s true the LE flicked into and floated over track and bumps with that sweet, ultra-controllable feel only comes with high-quality suspension. Likewise, into Catalunya’s stadium the LE sliced through the final right-handers as sharply as a Barcelona knife, with the throttle open as the bike accelerated the finish line at a breathtaking

Even so, a slight twitch some bends suggested the needed a couple of clicks of fine-tuning. The spots of rain on my toward the end of my first session, another downpour, meant was no chance of that, as I didn’t get dry spin on the LE. The damp track on my session at least made me appreciative of the slipper clutch, possibly prevented the rear locking a couple of times I changed down a bit too soon into a bend.

The R1’s superb fueling helped in the somewhat treacherous Apart from minor to suit the new intakes, the fuel is unchanged, so I wasn’t surprised throttle response was as sweet as the model’s. There’s a huge of midrange power on tap, made riding relatively even with the track wet.

The power came in abruptly as I wound it on in one nastily slow, downhill left-hander, but the R1 was impressively docile for such a bike.

Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica
Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica

After the LE’s air the standard R1 could have forgiven for feeling slightly Not a chance. Although I got only a of laps before the rain coming down again, the tweaked inline-four did enough to why its predecessor has been so popular the last two years.

Like the LE it down the Catalunya straight at speed, revving so quickly I barely shift gears enough to keep up with the light flickering on the neat dashboard.

Ultimately, this R1’s extra few horses and improvement in agility could it a slight edge over the model. Shame the standard doesn’t get the ride-height adjuster, at least it does share the lap timer. And that King Replica paint job has got to be worth a a lap, at least in the bar.

Whatever the color, it still to be seen if this latest of Yamaha’s standard YZF-R1 has it takes to best not only incandescent GSX-R1000, but also the recent revamp of Kawasaki’s ZX-10R. The Limited Edition R1 importance, though, stems more than just alone. No, it’s a world-class because of its status as the most most exotic open-classer to come out of Japan.

And if the LE’s does make it top dog in the literbike expect to see other manufacturers suit with their own models.

It looks like the battle the sporting open has ever seen is just started. MC

2006 Yamaha LE


MSRP $18,000

Type: l-c inline-four

Valve dohc, 20v

Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica
Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica
Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica
Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica
Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica
Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica
Yamaha YZF-R1 Roberts Replica

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