2011 Yamaha MotorcycleYamaha’s highly acclaimed MotoGP M1 derivative – the crossplane crankshaft R1 – is mechanically unchanged for 2011, although a creative Candy Red/Raven graphic design joins the Raven and usual Blue/White paint schemes.
Not available in showrooms, Yamaha Accessories sells an ultra-cool yellow/black Kenny Roberts replica paint scheme, but it is a full bodywork replacement.The R1’s motor delivers outrageous low-down torque in such a user-friendly, tractable way, that it translates to smooth corner exits without sacrificing top-end power.Confidence-inspiring handling helps make the R1 into a wonderful superbike for the street.2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 Quick Stats
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC inline-4
BORE x STROKE: 78mm x 52.2mm
COMP. RATIO: 12.7:1
WHEELBASE: 55.3 inches
RAKE: 24 degrees
WET WEIGHT: 454 pounds
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