2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 | First Ride

Electronically Enhanced

By Ari Henning, Photography by Brian J. Nelson

tech Spec

Our 2009 pick for Motorcycle of the Year receives minor cosmetic changes and a seriously effective TC system.
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Price $13,990
Engine type l-c inline-four
Valve train DOHC, 16v
Displacement 998cc
Bore x stroke 78.0 x 52.2mm
Compression 12.7:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 146.2 bhp @ 11,500 rpm
Claimed torque 72.6 lb.-ft. @ 10,000 rpm
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension YHSJ 43mm inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension YHSJ shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Sumitomo six-piston radial calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake Nissin one-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier II
Rear tire 190/55ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier II
Rake/trail 24.0˚/4.0 in.
Seat height 32.9 in.
Wheelbase 55.7 in.
Fuel capacity 4.8 gal.
Claimed curb weight 454 lbs.
Colors White/red, blue/white, black
Availability Now
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
Verdict 4.5 out of 5 stars

Easier to go fast on than ever before, and not much more expensive. Aside from the engine heat, what's not to like?

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