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Yamaha go retro at 60

Published: 18 September 2015

Updated: 18 September 2015

YZF-R1 gets iconic colours for Yamaha's 60th anniversary

Yamaha kicked off their 60th anniversary celebrations at the Bol d’Or this morning, revealing a retro yellow and black speedblock livery for their endurance race team, while simultaneously confirming a matching limited edition road bike.

The all-new 2015 R1 has been a rampant sales success for the Japanese firm in both standard and R1M form, and the special new anniversary edition gets an official genuine accessory Akrapovic slip-on endcan with carbon shield to go with the iconic ‘Kenny Roberts’ paint scheme.

While the bike is a limited edition, Yamaha have not yet confirmed the production numbers, but what is certain is that it will be available from December 2015, and will cost £15,749. The standard bike will be available in Race Blu, with a subtle graphic update, and in Racing Red.


Yamaha YZF-R1 60th Anniversary Spec

  • 998cc crossplane 4-cylinder engine
  • 189.89bhp and 83.42ftlb tested output
  • Akrapovic muffler with carbon heat shield
  • 6-axis IMU with Gyro/G sensors for 3D motion data
  • Banking sensitive Traction Control/Slide Control
  • Front Lift Control and Launch Control
  • Banking sensitive Racing ABS/Unified Brake System
  • 199kg wet weight
  • Upward truss type swingarm/magnesium rear frame
  • Magnesium wheels and aluminium fuel tank
  • One-click' adjustable riding modes
  • Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD instruments
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