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