See photos of the 2012 Yamaha sportbike lineup, including the R1 Superbike and R6 Supersport in the 2012 Yamaha Sportbike Motorcycles photo gallery.
- Significant R1 updates are all internal, as the “re-styled” headlight cowl appears different from the predecessor only in a bold new graphics sort of way.
- The R1 chassis is unaltered. Spec sheets of the 2012 and 2011 models are identical, from steering geometry to length, width and height dimensions (excepting a nominal 0.1-inch lift in seat height).
- The standard Yamaha blue/white paint scheme on the 2012 R1 will retail for $13,990.
- Most notable for the 2012 Yamaha Superbike is what hasn’t been changed. No ABS system was introduced, and there has been zero weight reduction.
- The 998cc Inline Four powering the R1 retains its crossplane crankshaft that first debuted on the 2009 model.
- The Yamaha R1 in World GP 50th Anniversary Edition livery rings in at $14,490.
- Yamaha’s 2012 R1 will face its Superbike foes with the aid of traction control.
- Yamaha hails the R1 traction control system as a direct byproduct of its title-winning MotoGP racing program.
- The 2012 Yamaha R1 in Raven colorway has an MSRP of $13,990.
- The R6 will also be offered up in a World GP 50th Anniversary Edition for $11,390 – the special edition limited to 1500 worldwide.
- The only notable change for 2012 is a $200 price increase, $10,890 for black and Yamaha blue/white.
- Yamaha’s R6 Supersport entry goes another year without a major overhaul