Tuesday, September 11, 2007

First pics: 2008 Yamaha R1

The 2008 Yamaha R1. Looks absolutely superb. Honda should look at these pics and think about what they've done to the new Fireblade

(From Left) The 2008 R1 will also be available in blue, with gold painted wheels, the 2008 XJR1300 gets a new paintjob, and the 2008 FZ1 gets ABS

Yamaha have released these pictures of the 2008 R1 and while there seem to be no radical changes, the new R1 paintjobs looks hot! Last year, Yamaha had introduced some radical technology on the R1, including the much-hyped Yamaha Chip-Controlled Intake (YCC-I), a variable length air intake system that boosts power at high revs, and the sophisticated YCC-T fly-by-wire throttle control system. Taking a break from 20 years of using five-valve cylinder heads, the bike had also been given four-valve cylinder heads with intake valves made of titanium.

More pics of the 2008 R1. Amazing looking bike...

We still don't have information on what tech changes have been implemented on the 2008 R1, but if at all any changes have been made to the engine, chassis or suspension, we expect those to be relatively minor. More details as they become available...

Update (20th Sep, 2007): Stunning new Honda Evo6, CB1100R and CB1100F revealed!

Also see:
Pics and specs: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZZR1400
1989 Yamaha OW01 vs 2008 Yamaha R1!
First pics: 2008 Yamaha R6 and R125
DVD review: Riding Solo to the top of the World
Kawasaki ZZR1400 Turbo: The quest for 200mph!
2008 BMW HP2 Sport: Pics, tech specs and details...
The Puerto Rico government doesn't like motorcyclists...
First pic: 2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR
2007 MotoGP race reports, features, interviews and hi-res wallpaper!
Hubless wheels on motorcycles...?

For the adventure bike types, here is the 2008 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere. Does look quite funky, we must say! More pics of this bike here

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