2008 Yamaha YZF R1

2008 Yamaha YZF R1 pictures, prices, information, and specifications.
MSRP
$11,699
Type
Sport
Insurance
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Model Type
Sport
MSRP
$11,699
Dealers
Warranty
12
Insurance
Finance
Generic Type (Primary)
Sport
Manufacturer Country
Japan
Manufacturer Recommend Minimum Age
16
Parent Company
Yamaha
Display Name
YZF R1
Year
2008
Make
Yamaha
Engine Type
Horizontal In-line
Cylinders
4
Engine Stroke
4-Stroke
Cooling
Liquid
Valves
16
Valves Per Cylinder
4
Valve Configuration
DOHC
Bore (mm/in)
77 / 3.03
Stroke (mm/in)
53.6 / 2.11
Displacement (cc/ci)
998 / 60.9
Compression Ratio
12.7:1
Starter
Electric
Fuel Requirements
Regular
Fuel Type
Gas
Fuel Injector
Yes
Fuel Injector Size (mm)
45
Carburetor
No
Carburetion Type
Fuel Injected
Transmission Type
Manual
Number Of Speeds
6
Overdrive
No
Primary Drive (Rear Wheel)
Chain
Primary Drive (Engine / Transmission)
Gear
Gear Ratio (1/2/3/4/5/6)
2.533 / 2.063 / 1.762 / 1.522 / 1.364 / 1.269
Reverse
No
Wheels Composition
Aluminum
Tube / Tubeless
Tubeless
Front Wheel Width (in)
3.5
Rear Wheel Width (in)
6
Chromed
No
Tire Brand
Pirelli(R)
Front Tire Width
120
Front Tire Aspect Ratio
70
Front Tire Speed Rating
Z
Front Wheel Diameter
17
Rear Tire Width
190
Rear Tire Aspect Ratio
50
Rear Tire Speed Rating
Z
Rear Wheel Diameter
17
Front Tire (Full Spec)
Pirelli(R) 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire (Full Spec)
Pirelli(R) 190/50 ZR17
Brake Brand Name
Brembo(R)
Front Brake Type
Dual Hydraulic Disc
Front Brake Diameter (in/mm)
12.2 / 310
Rear Brake Type
Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Diameter (in/mm)
8.7 / 220
Front Suspension Type
Inverted Fork
Front Suspension Size (in/mm)
1.7 / 43
Front Travel (in/mm)
4.7 / 119.4
Front Adjustable Fork Pre-Load
Yes
Front Adjustable Rebound Damping
Yes
Front Central Suspension Strut
No
Front Suspension Brand Name
KYB
Rear Suspension Type
Twin Sided Swing Arm
Rear Travel (in/mm)
5.1 / 129.5
Rear Adjustable Shock / Spring Pre-Load
Yes
Rear Adjustable Rebound Damping
Yes
Number Rear Shock Absorbers
1
Rear Suspension Material
Aluminum
Air Adjustable
No
Steering Control
Handlebar
Length (ft)
6.76
Width (in/mm)
28.3 / 718.8
Height (in/mm)
43.7 / 1110
Wheelbase (in/mm)
55.7 / 1414.8
Length (ft/ft)
6
Length (ft/in)
9.1
Dry Weight (lbs/kg)
390 / 176.9
Fuel Capacity (gal/l)
4.75 / 18
Engine Displacement to Weight (cc)
2.56
Seat Type
Two-Piece
Adjustable
No
Seat Material
Vinyl
Seat Location
Driver and Passenger
Folding
No
Seat Height (in/mm)
32.9 / 835.7
Number Of Seats
2
Grab Rail or Strap
Standard
Frame
Aluminum
Body Material
Plastic
Hand Grips
Standard
Foot Peg Location
Driver and Passenger
Adjustable
No
Chain Guard
Yes
Drive Shaft Guard
No
Fork Guards
No
Saddle Bag Guard
No
Belt Guard
No
Hand Guards
No
Brush Guard
No
Heel Guards
Yes
Exhaust Guard
Yes
Light Guard
No
Exterior Covers
Standard
Front Fender
Standard
Rear Fender
Standard
Top Crown
Standard
Stand Type
Kick
Lower Fairing
Standard
Spoiler
Standard
Handlebars
Standard
Upper Fairing
Standard
License Plate
Standard
Digital Instrumentation
Standard
Clock
Standard
Tachometer
Standard
Trip Odometer
Standard
Lap Timer
Standard
Shift Light Type
Adjustable
Speedometer
Standard
Temperature Warning Type
Gauge
Fuel Level Warning Type
Light
Warranty (Months/Condition)
12 / Limited
Battery Warranty (Months)
0
Tool Bag Mount
Standard
Windshield Mounts
Standard
Metallic
No
Rearview Mirrors
Standard
Windshield Lowers
No
Height Adjustable
No
Tinted
No
Height
Low
Underseat Storage
Standard
Lockable Storage
Standard
Helmet Locks
Standard
Headlight Mounts
Standard
Halogen Headlight (s)
Standard
Headlight (s)
Standard
Light Type
Halogen
Adjustable Levers
Standard
Handlebar Lock
Standard
User Reviews
7 reviews
  • 08 Yamaha yzf R1 fuel type??
    By  (I am an Owner) on Oct 19, 2021

    My manual says it takes 91 premium unleaded yet this article says it takes regular gas!?!? Where are you getting your information from.

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  • Front Set up
    By  (I am an Owner) on Sep 08, 2014

    Has anyone ever felt like your r1 08 tends to want to go streight on when cornering a bend, I'm wondering if mine needs to be set up would anyone know what the settings would be for this please.

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  • The sensible hooligan
    By  (I am an Owner) on Sep 16, 2010

    I was a huge fan of the original R1 and as this is the 10th anniversary of the original with it's red and white 98'esque paint scheme including red seats, I had to have it.

    This bike is a sensible hooligan. I commuted every day at 30mph in London rush hour for over a year and never ...

    Now I live in Spain I commute 140 km's a day on highways. It eats up long distance and the riding position is very comfortable. I've toured Europe and even ridden around France with the girlfriend and neither of us had any issues.

    I also do track days here in Spain and the bike's split personality comes out on the track. Its a savage beast that eats up corners and destroys most bikes in it's path down the straight. The handling is sublime. Even running in too hot into corners and going of line means you can change direction at any point in the turn without a flinch from the bike. And then there is that addictive popping and burbling the exhausts make on the over run that I just can't get enough of. To me this is the perfect all rounder and I can't imagine another bike that can genuinely complete as the perfect all rounder.

    The only achilles heal of the R1 is having to change the exup cable 3 times in 2 years. Not ideally located under the exhausts and lots of road crud gets stuck in there causing the cable to snap regularly.

    Another downside is the exhausts. A design flaw in my opinion as the bike gets extremely hot to ride when temperatures hit 30 degrees plus. In colder weather it's lovely as it keeps you nice and snug. Other than that I'm over the moon and will hang onto this bike for a long, long time.

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  • My new R1
    By  (I am an Owner) on Nov 16, 2008

    This has been my second R1.

    I just bought my new one about 5 months ago, and really dont have many complaints. On a hot day, you can feel some heat coming from the pipes that run underneath the tail, but nothing painful or unbearable. Its a sportsbike, so its not made to be the most comfortable ...

    Im very impressed with the performance in this bike, as i am running right along side of my buddy's Hayabusa. The bike practically steers itself. ive never felt such amazing handling in a 1000cc. And of course, theres no bike that looks any sharper than the YZF's

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  • Still taking my breath away after a decade.
    By  (I am an Owner) on Sep 28, 2008

    The very first time I saw an R1, on the cover of the 1998 Superbikes summer shootout, I completely fell in love with it. I purchased a brand new 08 R1 at the end of June, and I must say my expectation's were blown out of the water.

    At one point or another I have ridden everything ...

    The ONLY downside to this bike? Being a short guy, 5"7", The bike is not what I would call "comfortable".. Couple that with a good deal of engine heat/undertail exhaust keeping your inner thigh's and naughty bits on the verge of combustion...

    Let's be honest, one does not buy a sportbike for comfort, you buy a sportbike to dabble in time travel. As far as the engine heat is concerned... Im sure the nerve ending's in my leg will die eventually :P Small prices to pay for the privilege of riding one unbelievable machine.

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  • Kando - Still R1
    By  (I am an Owner) on Sep 19, 2008
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  • 08 yzfr1 reveiw
    By  (I am an Owner) on Sep 18, 2008

    before i collected my new r1 from the dealer i made a few modest changes.gone were the heavy exhausts in favour of two of akrapovics finest carbon beauties and titanaum y pipe.the sound of mechanical music,however it came at a price.the fuelling was rough.the throttle felt like it had 2 settings,on ...

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