It seems Yamaha have decided they aren’t ready to take on the likes of the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 Factory and Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja just yet. The company has announced the 2012 R1 and while the new bike does get traction control and ‘50th Anniversary colours,’ little else seems to have changed.
According to Yamaha, the 2012 YZF-R1 has been given a six-mode traction control system that has been developed in MotoGP. ‘The new TCS reinforces the rider’s trust in the bike’s abilities, enabling you to unleash its full potential at the flick of a switch,’ says a press release from Yamaha. ‘Equipped with a short-wheelbase Deltabox chassis, crossplane-crankshaft engine and high-tech electronic control systems, the breathtaking R1 is the embodiment of everything that we have learnt in MotoGP and WSB,’ it adds.
When the bike’s rear wheel starts spinning up, the new R1’s traction control system is able to adjust throttle opening, fuel injection volume and ignition timing to provide optimum levels of traction under all kinds of road surface and weather conditions. Other changes on the 2012 Yamaha R1 include improved aerodynamics, revised front fairing, restyled headlamps and the addition of new LED position lamps.
A sportsbike that weighs 206 kilos (with oil and fuel) and is powered by a 998cc inline-four that produces 182 horsepower at 12,500rpm and 115Nm of torque at 10,000 revs can’t possibly be a ‘disappointment’ but strangely enough, the 2012 R1 does seem to be a bit of just that. We were expecting a radically new R1 for 2012, while Yamaha seem to have only provided a mild makeover to the 2011 machine. Maybe we were expecting too much from Yamaha... :-(
Ben's Pies advertises the 2012 Yamaha R1!