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Tim O'Brien | Oct, 17 2011 | 0 Comments

Yamaha has announced an updated and uprated YZF-R1 f or 2012. Featuring a range of MotoGP-inspired engine and chassis changes, the new R1 comes with a couple of key track-ready enhancements that will make it both faster and safer on the street.

High on the list of new features is a new seven-mode TCS (Traction Control System), developed from the test-bed of Yamaha’s YZR-M1 MotoGP racer.

The system constantly monitors sensors in both front and rear wheels. If wheel-spin is detected in the rear, the system alerts the ECU which instantaneously adjusts the degree of throttle opening, fuel injection volume and ignition timing.

With six settings plus an ‘off’ mode, the R1’s new TCS can be adjusted to rider preferences as well as a wide range of surface and weather conditions. It’s on winding roads where Yamaha claims the new traction control system will really be appreciated by performance riders.

And on the racetrack, it will allow riders to push harder for improved lap times.

There is also a total of twenty-one engine set-up options and a new re-mapped ECU to improve low to mid-range controllability and out-of-the-hole performance.

Styling changes include a YZR-M1 handlebar crown, a new-look aerodynamic front fairing with a low frontal-area design (reducing drag), and new hexagonal silencer end-caps and footpegs.

The central nose portion of the cowl sits higher than the existing model, and the surfaces either side of the nose portion have been reshaped. Although relatively subtle, the combined effect of these changes is to refresh the face of the 2012 R1, while at the same time reducing drag.

Powered by a 998cc in-line four-cylinder engine with a crossplane crankshaft (featuring an uneven 270° - 180° - 90° - 180° firing interval which gives each piston and con rod its own individual and separate movement), the asymmetric firing sequence produces stronger low to mid-range pulse, as well as a more linear torque output for higher traction.

Already good, the new YZR-R1 looks better again. It goes on sale in December, RRP still to be announced.

2012 YZF-R1 Technical Highlights

  • MotoGP-developed 998cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder 4-valve DOHC
  • Crossplane crankshaft with uneven 270º-180º-90º-180º firing interval
  • Linear torque output for high levels of traction
  • New 6-mode MotoGP-developed Traction Control System (TCS)
  • New ECU with revised mapping
  • YCC-I (Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake)
  • YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle)
  • 3-position D-mode power maps
  • Short-wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame
  • Idealised balance of rigidity
  • Restyled low-drag front cowl
  • LED position lamps with linear illumination
  • New M1-style handlebar crown
  • Redesigned footrests

2012 YZF-R1 specifications

Engine type

Twin spark engine, liquid-cooled, 4- stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valve



Bore x stroke

78.0 mm x 52.2 mm

Compression ratio

12.3 : 1

Lubrication system

Wet sump


Fuel Injection

Clutch Type

Wet, multiple-disc coil spring

Ignition system


Starter system


Transmission system

Constant Mesh, 6-speed

Final transmission



Aluminium Deltabox

Front suspension

Upside-down telescopic fork, Ø 43 mm

Front travel

120 mm

Caster Angle



102 mm

Rear suspension


Rear Travel

120 mm

Front brake

Dual Discs, Ø 310 mm

Rear brake

Single Disc, Ø 220 mm

Front tyre

120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)

Rear tyre

190/55 ZR17M/C (75W)

Overall length

2070 mm

Overall width

715 mm

Overall height

1130 mm

Seat height

835 mm

Wheel base

1415 mm

Min ground clearance

135 mm

Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)

206 kg

Fuel tank capacity

18 litres

Oil tank capacity

3.7 litres


Matt Grey; 50th Anniversary White; Yamaha Blue, Competition White


24 months, unlimited kms, parts and labour

RRP (inc GST)


On sale

December 2011

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