New colours for 2012 Yamaha R1...

...but no technical updates

Posted: 22 June 2011
by Visordown News

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.

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Anyone buys the red one in this country needs to be shot at dawn. Dreadful.

Posted: 22/06/2011 at 11:22

I can see the red one suiting California very nicely!

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. 

Posted: 23/06/2011 at 12:47

Assuming that Suzuki do bring out the GSX-R L2 and Honda update their machine, the R1 will surely be looking like an antique next to them.  Who's going to buy one?!

Posted: 23/06/2011 at 13:08

I have an r1 And all the things that most(99%) people say about it can be true. Ugly this and that. That's y I bought one It's not what Suzy, Honda ,etc has. But it's mine. But tell me this, if Jesus Christ was so different from the rest of the world, he either was ugly and every one else good looking, or vice-versa. You pick.

Posted: 08/09/2011 at 00:55

You sound like a Nut!

Posted: 18/09/2011 at 01:44

you sound like a honda rider

Posted: 20/09/2011 at 19:26

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