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Andy Downes  says:

New 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 gets traction control

This is the new 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 which has six-stage traction control and a mid-life redesign. Images have leaked a few hours before Yamaha’s official announcement later today and MCN will bring full details later on this afternoon. The R1 is still instantly recognisable; Yamaha is holding back on a radical redesign for at least another two years according to company...

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Aug 02

Posts: 562

2012 R1

Wish they'd do something with that underseat exhaust, like get rid of it, looks so fussy/busy at the rear. You can make a nice looking side exhaust, look at the BMW S1000RR, the can looks great on that.


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Oct 10

Posts: 32

CottonRunt says:

Needs more

Great bike, bit of a fat arse though, I'll be waiting for the updated version in a couple of years

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Aug 09

Posts: 64

blzebub says:

Agree a bit lardy at the rear,  but looks fantastic in those colours,  I take it the way the TC works won't stop you from hoisting the odd wheelie as the front wheel will not be travelling as fast as the rear (like I could wheelie an R1 anyway!!!) 

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Sep 11

Posts: 1

kinshukarya says:

i have always loved the way the 09 r1 looks..... and this colour scheme has just made it more killer......

there must be a switch to turn off the TC whenever you want to go for a wheelie or a burnout.....

btw can traction control be installed in the 09-11 models?

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Jan 05

Posts: 55

iandrobinson says:


Might be better performance....and somewhat heavier - but looks wise, not a patch on my black 06.

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Aug 07

Posts: 81

marty1035 says:


Still looks very ugly and fat. The earlier models were a classic, beautiful design. No new model for 2 years. Shows how much demand for litre bikes globally have dropped.

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Sep 07

Posts: 93

Rsix says:


Yes. You can get plug and play tc systems such as Bazazz which are awesome. £650 for traction control , engine mapping and quick shifter.....

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Sep 10

Posts: 1335

SatNavSteve says:

How much?

God knows what its going to cost. All Yamahas are ludicrously overpriced already. No wonder they don't have prices on their web site. They wait till you get to your dealer, give you a Vallium, sit you down,then tell you how much!!!

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Feb 10

Posts: 410


SHANE 3003.......I personally am not pulling Yamaha to bits for the sake (no pun intended,SAKE,get it?),never mind,of it,no,but they should give the public what the public pays £14000 for. The R1 should have been designed along the moto-GP route years back,not the WSB same-same look route!!! IT WOULDN'T TAKE A LOT OF RETOOLING OR MONEY AND EXHAUST SIMILAR TO R6 AND OTHER SLIGHT ADJUSTMENTS ALONG WITH WEIGHT LOSS,POWER INCREASE/SPREAD. REDESIGN TANK FAIRING/PANELS WOULD LIFT THIS MODEL INTO THE STRATOSPHERE. Yamaha can't play on the glories of the past,otherwise,others will overtake them and crush them. Remember,yes,they may have a good part/service back up,but YOU pay for it.

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Jan 11

Posts: 14

bananabiker says:

I used to like the R1

I agree with Stressed1, it needs to loose weight and be smaller. I used to have an R1, i have also owned 2 R6s. This bike is out dated! It should be the cross between lorenzo's machine and an R6 with an updated R1 that would be cooool. Sort it out yamaha, your lack of progress has led me to order a 2012 Ducati 1199 to replace my current 1098. There are plenty of other yamahas in the range if the buyers do not like road going minimalist track bikes!!

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