...but no technical updates
YAMAHA'S 2012 R1 has emerged from the firm's Brazilian website revealing new colour options but no technical changes to the bike.
The official page shows a selection of updated colours for the Brazilian market, which may or may not be offered elsewhere. The blue version is very similar to the current European offering, but with a black bellypan rather than white and black wheels instead of gold. The red machine, with some dubious flame-and-skull graphics, is already offered in America, and the all-black model is the most stealthy R1 yet seen; black body, black wheels, black forks. Only the tuning fork logo and embossed “R1” logo provide a dash of colour. To quote Spinal Tap: “How much more black could it be? The answer is none. None more black...”
On the technical front, the bike remains unchanged. While the cross-plane crankshaft and 'long-bang' firing order still give it a unique selling point, the lack of high-tech electronics in an era when its rivals are increasingly featuring traction control, adjustable ABS and endless other widgets mean its days are surely numbered.
Anyone buys the red one in this country needs to be shot at dawn. Dreadful.
Posted: 22/06/2011 at 11:22
Posted: 22/06/2011 at 12:11
Yeah that red one reminds me of the artsy bullcrap cbr600 they did a year or 2 ago. But to be honest i think the latest R1 is pretty pig ugly anyway.
Posted: 22/06/2011 at 13:44
I do kinda agree mobus, those lights really don't help it, and it looks a little, well.........erm fat imo...still goes like stink and makes a lovely noise, so if one came my way i'd not turn it down
Posted: 22/06/2011 at 14:10
So the white version has been dropped.
And the gold wheels have gone as well. Although they're a pain to clean nicely, they look the business and in a couple of years' time I think buyers will want to find the gold wheel versions from the last couple of years.
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