The YZF-R1 that Ben Spies rode to the WSB title a few years ago is getting a sophisticated seven-level traction control system for 2012. Yamaha has also tweaked the ECU settings to improve driveability from low and mid-range rpm levels. The engine is otherwise unchanged.
Cosmetic changes for 2012 include a new headlight cowl and LED position lights up front, along with new silencer heat guards and end caps out back.
The top triple clamp has been redesigned based on the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike. Like the 2012 R6, the R1 will be available in a World GP 50th Anniversary Edition paint scheme (pictured below). Visit Yamaha’s web site for all the details on this model and other 2012 street motorcycles.