The first R1 shook the motorcycle world by putting the 1000cc class supersports back on the map. Japanese competitors had launched 900cc models in the ‘90s aiming for the best compromise in power and in weight. Yamaha decided for a ‘no-compromise’ approach. The development team were given 3 clear targets: to make the highest power, the lowest weight and the most compact dimensions.
What Yamaha’s engineers created was a new 998cc engine featuring a 5-valve design, big-bore 40mm downdraft carburettors and 4 into 1 exhaust featuring Yamaha’s EXUP system for improved midrange (which the first generation R1 was famous for).
The engine featured a revolutionary new tri-axis design where the crankshaft, drive shaft and main shaft are not arranged in a horizontal line (as normal) but in a triangular layout so that the overall engine build could be much shorter.
This more compact engine design enabled a layout with a very short wheelbase (1395mm) for excellent handling, combined with a very long swingarm which is beneficial for traction and stability. This layout structure is still up to date today, and many competitors have followed this development.
This beautiful example is offered with a full dealer service history to support the mileage of 11,700 miles, with the most recent service at 10,645 miles. The F1 is fitted with a number of extras such as LED rear lights and indicators, an R&G Tail Tidy, Tube Tech exhausts, a carbon rear hugger, titax gold levers, double bubble black screen, and meta alarm with immobiliser. A stunning, well sorted bike which we are sure will be hugely enjoyable to master.