2012 Yamaha Motorcycle
Yamaha’s highly acclaimed MotoGP M1 derivative – the crossplane crankshaft YZF-R1 – is mechanically unchanged for 2012, however it does get a new headlight cowl and upgraded electronics.
A seven-level Traction Control System works with the three-level throttle response control (full power; low- and mid-range focus; reduced power).
Even in the standard full-power mode, 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, and check out those red-and-white 50th Anniversary graphics!
2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 Quick Stats:
- ENGINE TYPE: DOHC inline-4
- WHEELBASE: 55.7 inches
- BORE x STROKE: 78mm x 52.2mm
- RAKE: 24 degrees
- COMP. RATIO: 12.7:1
- WET WEIGHT: 454 pounds
- TRANSMISSION: 6-speed
- PRICE: $13,990
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