Our 2009 pick for Motorcycle of the Year receives minor cosmetic changes and a seriously effective TC system.
Aprilia RSV4R APRC, BMW S1000RR, Ducati 1199 Panigale, MV Agusta F4RR, Kawasaki ZX-10R.
|Price ||$13,990 |
|Engine type ||l-c inline-four |
|Valve train ||DOHC, 16v |
|Displacement ||998cc |
|Bore x stroke ||78.0 x 52.2mm |
|Compression ||12.7:1 |
|Fuel system ||EFI |
|Clutch ||Wet, multi-plate slipper |
|Transmission ||6-speed |
|Claimed horsepower ||146.2 bhp @ 11,500 rpm |
|Claimed torque ||72.6 lb.-ft. @ 10,000 rpm |
|Frame ||Aluminum twin-spar |
|Front suspension ||YHSJ 43mm inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping |
|Rear suspension ||YHSJ shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping |
|Front brake ||Dual Sumitomo six-piston radial calipers, 310mm discs |
|Rear brake ||Nissin one-piston caliper, 220mm disc |
|Front tire ||120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier II |
|Rear tire ||190/55ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier II |
|Rake/trail ||24.0˚/4.0 in. |
|Seat height ||32.9 in. |
|Wheelbase ||55.7 in. |
|Fuel capacity ||4.8 gal. |
|Claimed curb weight ||454 lbs. |
|Colors ||White/red, blue/white, black |
|Availability ||Now |
|Warranty ||12 mo., unlimited mi. |
|Contact ||Yamaha Motor Corp. USA |
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
|Verdict ||4.5 out of 5 stars |
Easier to go fast on than ever before, and not much more expensive. Aside from the engine heat, what's not to like?