The First 2WD R1

(c) 2009 MCN - photographer Mykel Nicolaou

This project was actually born inside the project group and not from Yamaha. We had a couple of systems in stock and we started to build on a R1 that we had.
We even leaked about its existents in a rather shroud way. One of the Yamaha testers organized a motorcycle riders course in Spain and he took the 2WD R1 and took off to the race track. He got the message to park the bike in a way that it would be visible and it didn’t take long before one of the big international MC magazines got their eyes on it. We got massive amount of space in the coming issues.