Rossi/Riders for Health R1 project unveiled at Long Beach
From a press release issued by Riders for Health...
1972 Daytona 200 winner Don Emde took the wraps off a very special 2009 Yamaha R1 project bike at the recent Long Beach show. Emde also announced the launch of his non-profit organization called Friends of Riders for Health, Inc. He led a one-year team effort to customize the machine with premium aftermarket accessories throughout and a one-off graphic theme replicating Valentino Rossi's famous "Five Continents" AGV helmet design by famed designer Aldo Drudi. The graphic wrap was done in Italy by Pole Position Racing Service, the high tech graphics company that works with major Moto GP and other teams.
The new 2009 R1 is scheduled to be sold at auction at a date to be announced in late 2010 or early 2011. It is a fully street legal and licensed motorcycle, although it has been stripped of certain street equipment such as mirrors, turn signals and license plate/taillight for display and it will be delivered as a Track Day Only machine. To assist the new owner with their riding skills, the Yamaha Champions Riding School has donated a one-day school that will be included with the sale price. Additionally, courtesy of Yamaha, a complete second set of stock R1 bodywork will be included, as well as all of the stock street equipment that has been removed.
Emde commented, "Riders for Health is the official charity of the MotoGP series and I am so appreciative of the support from everyone in the sport that were involved in the project, including of course Valentino Rossi, who enthusiastically agreed to the use of his helmet design, and to Yamaha Motor Corp USA, AGV, Aldo Drudi of Drudi Performance and Luca Campanille of Pole Position. Without their support, such a unique finished product would not have been possible. Also thanks to Cameron Brewer from Roland Sands Designs, who pitched in to install many of the aftermarket products well beyond the great set of wheels that Roland donated, and to the many great aftermarket companies that agreed to provide products."
Emde's Friends of Riders for Health, Inc. non-profit organization is dedicated to raising funds for Riders for Health through special projects and the R1 was the first project for the new organization. Sponsors of the project were Yamaha Motor Corp. USA, Ohlins, Akrapovic, Drudi Performance, AGV, Pole Position Racing Service, Vortex, Roland Sands Designs, Yamaha GYTR, Yamaha Champions Riding School, Saddlemen, Bridgestone, EK, EBC, Goodridge, K&N, Dynojet and Imagine-It Graphics.
For more info on Friends of Riders for Health, log onto: www.friendsofriders.org or call Don Emde at 949-215-4780 x206.
For more info on Riders for Health, log onto: www.riders.org.
Rossi/Riders for Health Yamaha R1 Fact Sheet
Concept: To build a one-of-a-kind custom sportbike setup as a “Track Day” vehicle wrapped in Valentino Rossi’s AGV “Five Continents” graphics and utilizing major aftermarket products to upgrade the stock machine throughout.
Purpose: To raise funds and create awareness for Riders for Health in the United States.
Project leader: Don Emde (1972 Daytona 200 winner. Publisher of Parts Magazine)
Project team: Cameron Brewer, Roland Sands Design; Aldo Drudi, Drudi Performance, Italy; Luca Campanille, Pole Position Racing Services, Italy; Paolo Bacchiarello, AGV Helmets, Tom Seymour, Saddlemen, Jim Conquest, Imagine-It Graphics.
Sponsors: Yamaha Motor Corp. USA, Ohlins, Akrapovic, Drudi Performance, AGV, Pole Position Racing Services, Vortex, Roland Sands Designs, Yamaha GYTR, Saddlemen, Bridgestone, EK, EBC, Goodridge, K&N, Dynojet, Imagine-It Graphics
Motorcycle: 2009 Yamaha R1 (donated by Yamaha Motor Corp. USA)
Aftermarket Products Installed (all donated by the manufacturers):
Wheels: Roland Sands Designs Ronin
Tires: Bridgestone BT-003
Brake pads: EBC Double H
Brake rotors: EBC
Brake lines: Goodridge
Front brake reservoir: Roland Sands Designs Combat
Front suspension: Ohlins FGRT808
Rear suspension: Ohlins TTX
Seat: Saddlemen base (top pad custom made by Saddlemen)
Triple Clamp: Roland Sands Designs Assault
Clutch lever and mount and lever: Vortex
Front brake lever and mount: Vortex
Fuel cap and base: Vortex
Exhaust: Akrapovic Evolution
Air filter: K&N
EFI controller: Dynojet Power Commander V
Mirror block offs: Roland Sands Designs (prototype for R1)
Rear sets: Vortex
Gel Grips: Yamaha GYTR
Heel Guard trim, Yamaha GYTR
Rear Sprocket: Vortex, 47T black
Countershaft sprocket: Vortex, 17T
Rear chain: EK, 120 L black with gold pins
Carbon Fiber tank trim: Yamaha GYTR
Carbon Fiber chain guard: Yamaha GYTR
Race stand spools: Yamaha GYTR
Race stand, rear: Yamaha GYTR
1. Owner: Friends of Riders for Health, Inc., a California non-profit corporation. 92 Argonaut, Suite 160, Aliso Viejo CA 92656. Ph: 949-215-4780. Web: www.friendsofriders.org. Executive Director: Don Emde
2. The R1 will be sold at auction in 2010 by Friends of Riders for Health with proceeds to Riders for Health.
3. With all lighting equipment installed, the R1 is a fully street legal machine, titled and registered in California. The buyer will receive all of the street legal take-offs (taillight/license plate, mirrors, turn signals, etc), as well as a second full set of bodywork, windscreen.
4. All products and services listed above were donated 100% by those individuals or companies.
5. The R1 was a project bike series featured in Parts Magazine (www.partsmag.com)
6. For more info contact Don Emde at 949-215-4780 or email at [email protected]
2009 Yamaha R1