2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary Preview

Yamaha celebrates 60 years in Grand Prix racing with this YZF-R1.

The 2022 YZF-R1 will come in World Grand Prix 60th Anniversary dress.Yamaha

Yamaha first entered Grand Prix racing 60 years ago and plans to honor that achievement with a few special-edition sportbikes. The 2022 YZF-R1 superbike is among the bikes that will sport a special 60th Anniversary Yamaha Heritage White and Redline color scheme, and it will be available in dealerships starting this November at $18,099, a $500 upcharge from the MSRP of the standard R1.

Yamaha didn’t make any notable mechanical changes to the bike for 2022.Yamaha

Additional details include gold forks and wheels, commemorative badging, and Yamaha factory race-inspired Tuning Fork emblems. The look of the machine is based on the livery the Yamaha factory team ran during this year’s MotoGP test in Qatar.

Beyond that, the bike will remain as is for the coming year. Yamaha gave the R1 some love in an update for 2020 which included new LED headlights, improved intake and injection systems, along with revisions to the engine’s camshafts and rocker arms. It also received a revised ride-by-wire system and new Bosch cornering ABS. Suspension settings were refined as well.

In addition to the iconic color scheme, the 60th Anniversary R1 will also feature gold wheels and fork.Yamaha

During the first ride review of that same 2020 model, the R1 proved to be as lively and responsive as ever. The electronics updates didn’t severely hamper the character of the 998cc crossplane inline-four and the revised suspension package proved to be a surprisingly welcome improvement.

Despite the lack of mechanical changes, the World GP 60th Anniversary YZF-R1 is sharply dressed and a fine way to pay homage to one of the most iconic color schemes in all of motorcycling.

Honor the past and turn some heads.Yamaha

2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $18,099
Engine: 998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-4; 16 valves
Bore x Stroke: 79.0 x 50.9mm
Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ YCC-T and YCC-I
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc, slipper/assist
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Aluminum Deltabox
Front Suspension: 43mm KYB USD fork, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: KYB shock, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
Front Brake: 4-piston radial-mount calipers, 320mm discs w/ BCS and ABS
Rear Brake: Floating caliper, 220mm disc w/ BCS and ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: 10-spoke cast magnesium; 17 in./17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Bridgestone Battlax Racing Street RS11; 120/70-17 / 190/55-17
Rake/Trail: 24.0°/4.0 in.
Wheelbase: 55.3 in.
Seat Height: 33.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight: 448 lb.
Available: November 2021
Contact: yamahamotorsports.com
Special edition badging on the 2022 R1.Yamaha
The 2022 YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary edition will also sport GP-inspired Turning Fork emblems.Yamaha
2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 World Grand Prix 60th Anniversary edition.Yamaha