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2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Ride Photo Gallery

MotoUSA took a spin on the traction control equipped 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 on the street and the track. Read what we thought about the new R1 in the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Ride article.

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Yamaha has equipped the 2012 YZF-R1 with traction control and has made minor changes to the styling.
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The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is available in four color schemes, ranging in price from $13,990 to $14, 490.
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A numbered plaque on is placed on the tank of the 50th anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1.
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The top triple clamp on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 has been restyled but is purely cosmetic.
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The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is big fun on the street.
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The rear suspension on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 has a new shock spring that is stiffer initially and softer and the end of the stroke.
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The crossplane crank and uneven firing order of the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 makes putting the power to the ground easy.
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The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is stable and confidence inspiring but requires extra effort to move it around.
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Just a couple of clicks to the rear rebound was all that was needed to make the 2012 Yamaha R1's suspension to settle into the track.
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The traction control system on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 can detect wheelspin before the rider can.
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The traction control system on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 uses wheel sensors to detect slip and then adjusts the power accordingly.
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The exhaust note from the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is one of the sweetest on the track.
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Although the Yamaha YZF-R1 may not have needed traction control, the addition has made it an easier and more fun bike to ride.
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The traction control system on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is more useful on the track than the street.
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Seven levels of traction control combined with three D-Mode levels give the rider 21 power and traction settings on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1