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.
- The traction control system on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 uses wheel sensors to detect slip and then adjusts the power accordingly.
- The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is available in four color schemes, ranging in price from $13,990 to $14, 490.
- The top triple clamp on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 has been restyled but is purely cosmetic.
- The 50th Anniversary R1 in classic Yamaha racing livery is $14,490. Only 2000 are available worldwide.
- Yamaha has equipped the 2012 YZF-R1 with traction control and has made minor changes to the styling.
- A numbered plaque on is placed on the tank of the 50th anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1.
- The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is big fun on the street.
- 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.
- The traction control system on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is more useful on the track than the street.
- The crossplane crank and uneven firing order of the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 makes putting the power to the ground easy.
- Although the Yamaha YZF-R1 may not have needed traction control, the addition has made it an easier and more fun bike to ride.
- The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is stable and confidence inspiring but requires extra effort to move it around.
- 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
- The exhaust note from the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is one of the sweetest on the track.
- The traction control system on the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 can detect wheelspin before the rider can.
- 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.