Not much has changed with the Yamaha R1 - remaining largely the same as the version. The big news was it gained a six-stage traction control system, incorporating anti-wheelie in its two most intrusive levels. Alongside this, the bike came with a conservative suspension set-up and average sports tyres, too. Fit some sticky rubber and dial in the suspension to make it steer quicker and the R1 is insanely fast. It can hold its own at tight tracks against any of its rivals, but struggles with speed along long straights. Compared to the BMW SRR of the day, the R1 didn't feel as powerful, however the crossplane crank motor means plenty of grunt low-down, making it a much better road bike than many of its rivals - not to mention offering the best soundtrack, too.
2013 Yamaha R1 Ideas
Yamaha R1 Review - Photos and Specs
Click photos to enlarge. Our big, clean bike pics make great desktop wallpaper. With back-to-back Supersbike Championships, the MotoGP-inspired R1 is one of the most innovative open-class sportbikes in the world. MotoGP, the highest form of motorcycle road racing in the world, is where many of the high performance features found ont he Yamaha R1 have been developed. From the 7 position traction control system to the revolutionary crossplane crank design with an uneven firing order, the R1 is the most advanced sport bike Yamaha has ever produced. Powered by a cc in-line 4 cylinder engine, the Yamaha R1 offers and incredible high rpm rush, plus the rich torque of a twin.
2013 Yamaha YZF-R1
The Yamaha R1 superbike essentially remains bog similar to the version, which in turn was very similar to the model except cosmetic changes, with no mechanical changes or additional features to speak of. Experienced supersport riders and track day enthusiasts will have a blast riding the new R1. In addition to the ECU changes and new traction control system, which combine to achieve a new level of drivability, the R1 features a more aggressive fairing "face" with new eye catching LED illumination lights.
However, the main upgrade is the addition of a traction control system. If in the past traction control was a rarity among motorcycles, in the latest years has started to become a mainstream feature. Apart from the traction control system the new YZFR-R1 has also received a fresh nose, a slotted top yoke inspired by the YZR-M1, new muffler end caps, a longer sear shock and grippier footpegs. The rear spring reat is also slightly softer which improves the ride comfort.