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2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike Smackdown Track Photo Gallery

Check out photos of Yamaha’s hopped up R1 as we test it in our annual Superbike Shootout. Find out more in the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 Track Comparison.

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The R1 wasn't the smallest or lightest bike in the test but it's mid-corner stability was confidence inspiring.
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The Yamaha YZF-R1 is significantly down on power in the liter-bike class even with the fitment of a Graves racing pipes.
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The Yamaha was one of the heaviest-steering bikes in this test.
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Yamaha did an excellent job of setting up their bike this year.
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The R1’s unique engine firing order enhances the feel between the throttle and rear tire.
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Superbike Smackdown IX Torque Comparison Chart
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Superbike Smackdown IX Horsepower Comparison Chart
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Montano was yet another fan of the R1’s cornering.
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Test rider Chris Siglin gives the R1 a handful exiting onto Thunderhill's front straight.
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Test riders loved the mid-corner stability of the R1.
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The R1 tied the BMW as having the highest maximum braking force proving the effectiveness of its brakes.
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At 464 pounds with a full tank of gas, the R1 was the second heaviest bike in the test.
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The Graves titanium exhaust helped shed a number of pounds off of the hefty R1.
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The R1 gauges are easy to read and has very simple on-the-fly traction control adjustment.
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2012 Yamaha YZF-R1