2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 | Buyer’s Guide

2016 Yamaha R1 review

2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 | Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide

2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 | Buyer's GuideYamaha reinvented the YZF-R1 for 2015, with an all-new engine, plus an incredible array of electronics lifted from the MotoGP racetracks.

The engine is a Crossplane Concept design, and now features titanium fracture-split connecting rods. Buried in the R1 is a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit that gives the traction control, slide control, anti-wheelie control, quickshifter, launch control, and linked ABS all a better idea of exactly what the bike is doing while they are doing their fully adjustable jobs.

This year, the R1 is available in three colors, including the fantastic 60th Anniversary Yellow livery, as well as Team Yamaha Blue plus Matte Gray.

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2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Specs:

  • Engine: 998cc, liquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC; 16 valves
  • Bore x stroke: 79.0 x 50.9mm
  • Compression ratio: 13.0:1
  • Fuel delivery: Fuel injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
  • Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
  • Transmission: 6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
  • Final drive: O-ring chain


  • Front: 43mm KYB inverted forks; fully adjustable; 4.7 inches of travel
  • Rear: KYB single shock w/piggyback reservoir, 4-way adjustable; 4.7 inches of travel


  • Front: Dual 320mm hydraulic discs; 4-piston caliper, Unified Brake System and ABS
  • Rear 220mm disc; Unified Brake System and ABS


  • Front: 120/70ZR17
  • Rear: 190/55ZR17


  • L x W x H: 80.9 x 27.2 x 45.3 inches
  • Seat height: 33.7 inches
  • Wheelbase: 55.3 inches
  • Rake: 24.0°
  • Trail: 4.0 inches
  • Ground Clearance: 5.1 inches
  • Fuel Capacity 4.5 gallons
  • EPA estimated fuel economy: 34 mpg
  • Wet weight: 439 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Colors:

  • 60th Anniversary Yellow
  • Matte Gray
  • Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver

2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Price:

  • MSRP $16,490 (gray, blue); $16,990 (yellow)

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