Motorcycle Racing News 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 | Quick Look

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 | Quick Look

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

For a look into the entire 2011 motorcycle lineup, check out the Ultimate MotorCycling Digital Buyer’s Guide.

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With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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