LAS VEGAS —Following its creed that it will continue development and production of new products despite slow economic conditions, Yamaha unveiled several new models during its recent dealer show. The following is a quick glimpse of some of Yamaha’s new introductions for the 2009 season.
With the 2009 FZ6R Yamaha hopes to redefine what to expect from an entry-level sport bike. The bike features a 600cc four-cylinder engine, fuel injection and full fairing. For maximum comfort, Yamaha included a low seat height and handlebars that put the rider comfortably in control.
Stylish bodywork lends the FZ6R a sporty aggressive look, borrowing aggressive lines from the YZF-R series with more extensive wind protection to match the more upright seating position. A low mount exhaust keeps the mass centralized while adding to the aggressive modern look of the bike.
The FZ6R will be available in dealerships beginning January with an MSRP of $6,990. Available colors include Team Yamaha Blue/White, Pearl White, Cadmium Yellow and Raven.
According to Yamaha officials, the company’s new R1 is the world’s first production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. Originally pioneered in MotoGP racing with the M1, crossplane technology puts each crank pin 90 degrees from the next, with an uneven firing interval of 270-180-90-180 degrees. The result is smooth, roll-on power delivery with large amounts of torque.
To make the crossplane crank viable an advanced ECU individually maps each cylinder’s ignition and fuel injection timing. This powerful electronics package also controls Yamaha Chip Control Intake and Chip Control Throttle
Also new for 2009 is the inclusion of D-MODE variable throttle control function that enables the rider to adjust performance characteristics to match a variety of riding conditions.
The R1 will be available in dealerships in January with a starting MSRP of $12,390. Available colors include Raven/Candy Red, Pearl White/Rapid Red, Cadmium Yellow/Raven and Team Yamaha Blue/White.
V Star 950
The new V Star 950 features a single crank pin, air-cooled 60-degree V-twin engine, and was designed to take classic low and lean cruiser styling while at the same time adding modern flair.
The combined crankshaft inertia, cam profile and fuel injection tuning all work together to create a relaxed loping engine cadence, which produces smooth responsive power. Air cooling keeps things simple and compact.
The V Star 950 will be available in Star motorcycle dealerships in November with a starting MSRP of $7,890, and is available in standard and touring versions. Available colors include Raven, Candy Red and Tommy Blue. The V Star 950 Tourer comes in Raven, Black Cherry and Liquid Silver.
Yamaha’s YFZ450R features state-of-the-art suspension, fuel injection, a no-weld aluminum frame and an all-new engine set in a motocross-wide chassis.
The ATV’s frame is lightweight and has a tension-steel bottom portion that helps keep the engine as low as possible centralizing mass for maximized handling. The cast aluminum frame is bolted together, rather than welded, for maximum durability. The ATV also comes with newly designed front and rear suspension.
The ATV is also equipped with electronic fuel injection featuring a 42mm Mikuni throttle body, 12-hole Denso injector system and a Mitsubishi 32 bit ECU. It also features Dunlop tires that are 20 inches in the rear and 21 inches in the front, providing maximum ground clearance for track, trail or dune riding. The ATV is available in a Team Yamaha Blue/White or in a Red/White combo. It will be in dealerships in November with an MSRP of $7,999. psb