As expected, the 2013 Yamaha R1 remains mechanically unchanged and only gets new colours. With its crossplane crank 998cc inline-four, the MotoGP inspired R1 was the hottest superbike in the world until a couple of years ago, after which the RSV4 Factory, S1000RR, Panigale and others have left it gasping for breath. Last year, Yamaha fitted a very sophisticated multi-level traction control system – said to be the best in the business – to the R1, which has given the bike a new lease of life, but the world will have to wait for another year (maybe two?) for a completely new, redesigned R One.
For 2013, the Yamaha R1 keeps its fully adjustable suspension, twin 310mm brake discs at the front with 6-piston calipers, 7-level traction control system and ride-by-wire throttle. It’s still a bag of tricks, the R1 is, but to be honest we can’t wait for a completely redesigned, hopefully better looking R1 from Yamaha.