Yamaha YZF-R1 GYTR 20th Anniversary (Video)

In 1998, Yamaha introduced the YZF-R1 – a motorcycle that redefined the superbike landscape.

The bike introduced the world’s first vertically stacked transmission (the gearbox’s main shaft was above rather than inline with the crankshaft to save weight), and produced 150 horsepower while weighing just 390 pounds (dry).

Yamaha YZF-R1 GYTR 20th Anniversary specsThis power-to-weight recipe created an immediate icon, and brought serious competition to the superbike hero of the time, the CBR900RR Fireblade that produced 130 horsepower and weighed 397 pounds.

Fast forward to 2018, and the Yamaha YZF-R1 celebrates its 20th anniversary. Though it’s technically a year late, Yamaha is releasing the 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR “20th Anniversary” model.

Only 20 will be made, and Yamaha Europe says all applications are now closed for those who have the €39,500 (about $45,000) to spend on the racetrack-only model.

Yamaha YZF-R1 GYTR 20th Anniversary for saleWe can still gawk, though, at the YZF-R1 GYTR 20th Anniversary model, which uses the same livery of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team R1 used to win four-straight Suzuka 8 Hours titles.

It’s also loaded with Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR) performance, including:

  • GYTR Racing Spark Plugs
  • GYTR AIS Plug Set
  • GYTR Race Wire Harness Set
  • GYTR ECU and Communication Cable
  • GYTR CCU
  • GYTR Quick Throttle

Each R1 has its limited edition number engraved on the top yoke, and is shipped with a certificate of authenticity. The bikes will be assembled by an Official Yamaha Racing Team crew, receive a full dyno engine run-in and get a first oil change with premium Yamalube oil.

Each owner will also be able to attend the Yamaha Racing Experience in Spring/Summer 2019. For those who choose to attend, they will receive an exclusive YZF-R1 GYRT set up session designed to fine tune their R1s.

Following are a list of additional specs, along with a photo gallery of the gorgeous GYTR Yamaha YZF-R1 20th Anniversary.

Yamaha YZF-R1 GYTR 20th Anniversary Extras:

  • Öhlins Front Fork Set FGRT 219
  • Öhlins Rear Shock TTX36 GP
  • Öhlins Steering Damper
  • Akrapovic Full Evo 2 Titanium
  • Brembo GP4-RX Front Caliper Set
  • Brembo Z04 Brake Pads
  • Brembo 320mm T-Drive Disc set
  • Brembo 19RCS Corsa Corta Master Brake Cylinder
  • Brembo Remote Adjuster
  • Brembo Clutch Lever
  • Full, Ultra Light, Carbon Race Fairing
  • Carbon Fenders
  • Carbon Tank Covers
  • Carbon Air Duct
  • Race Seat
  • Endurance Screen
  • OEM Tail Light
  • Racing Radiator
  • Racing Handlebars
  • SBK Switches
  • ABS Emulator
  • Racing 520 Chain and Sprocket
  • CNC Limited Top Yoke
  • Key-less Tank Top
  • Lock-Wired Bolts
  • Steering Stoppers

Yamaha YZF-R1 GYTR 20th Anniversary Photos