Welcome to the inaugural edition of our “Ride of the Week” (ROTW) feature. Each week we will showcase a customer or reader’s favorite machine and we hope that this will be a long-running segment. If you wish to offer a submission, just check out the guidelines at the bottom of this article.

Our Ride of the Week for May 4th, 2012 is Digby B.’s 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1. The motorcycle industry considered the ’09 R1 to be a technical breakthrough because of it’s handling and revolutionary engine design. Yamaha boasted that the R1 was the “Ultimate Cornering Master”. The superb handling and tractable power made it a winner on the track and a runaway favorite amongst reviewers.

The heart of the R1 was a brand-new compact, 998cc, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled, 40 degree inclined, in-line four-cylinder engine with a “crossplane” style crankshaft. Digby has performed some considerable mods to this unit including:

  • Leo Vince Factory EVO II SBK “Under Tail” Carbon Fiber Dual Exhaust
  • ECUnleashed re-flash (re-programs stock ECU)
  • DynoJet Power Commander V (modifies fuel injection/air-fuel mapping)
  • GYTR/Yamaha Racing High-Flow Air Filter (with modified airbox)
  • AMSOIL 10W-40 Advanced Synthetic Motorcycle Oil

This unit was fine-tuned on the dyno to optimize the ECUnleashed and DynoJet tuners in conjunction  with the exhaust and airbox mods. Digby’s unit delivers 158.02 horsepower and 76.88 ft.lb of torque at the rear wheel. The stock YZF-R1 puts out about 145 horsepower at the rear wheel.

We can certainly see why this beautiful rocket ship is Digby’s pride and joy.

Digby B.’s 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1

Digby B.’s 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1



Would you would like to submit an offering as our Ride of the Week? Just send us a photo and short blurb on any type of vehicle that you enjoy and that others may find interesting. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, etc. are applicable. Your full name and location will be omitted. Feel free contact us at “info-at-oildepot.ca”.