Yamaha Unveils Bikes at Long Beach International Motorcycle Show

Publish Date: 
Dec 4, 2009

YAMAHA REVEALED four customs at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Calif. on Friday, all of which will be on display all weekend. The bikes:

Riders for Health R1. Motorcycle Hall of Famer Don Emde introduced this Valentino Rossi-inspired Yamaha R1, which will be auctioned off in 2010 to benefit the Riders for Health charity. “To my knowledge, there’s never been a one-off bike done for [Rossi] before,” Emde said. The bike features an Ohlins suspension, Roland Sands wheels and designs by Aldo Drudi, who took his helmet design and applied to the bike.

Robert Fisher/Roaring Toyz FZ6R. The Boz Bros Custom Sportbike Show held a pro-builder contest, which Robert Fisher of Sarasota, Fla.’s Roaring Toyz won. ‘We didn’t want to go overboard, considering this is an entry-level bike,” Fisher said. The pink custom paint job and billet lowering links makes the bike ideal for a female rider. It’s finished off with Performance Machine’s Mayhem custom wheels, Pirelli tires and an M4 exhaust.

Ben Spies’ 2009 Sterilgarda Yamaha YZF R1. Yamaha reps surprised the crowd with a phone call from the reigning World Superbike Champ, who phoned in from Texas. The R1 was all new last year, and it was Spies’ inaugural racing year as well. “I don’t know exactly what’s going on next year,” Spies said. “If there is any difference at all next year, the gap between factory and satellite is going to be the smallest it’s been in a long time.”

Lastly, Yamaha has decided to give us a closer look at what goes on inside the engine of a YZ 450F. A cutaway portion of the engine reveals how Yamaha engineers built its new engine, complete with a tilted cylinder, among other things.