Yamaha YZF-R1 – World GP 50th Anniversary Edition

By - September 26th, 2011

Avid riders can be a notch closer to the real deal next month. After its introduction of the YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition in June on MotoGP’s Assen circuit, Yamaha will be delivering the same historic livery design to its flagship street racer, the 2012 YZF-R1 motorcycle. Covered in the unique red and white motif, plus a special 50th anniversary badge, the limited edition celebrates Yamaha‘s very first entry to the World Championship Grand Prix back in 1961. The 50th anniversary color scheme is also available in Yamaha’s YZF-R6, YZF-R125, FZ8, and other models, but with its consecutive wins as the American Superbike Championships, the YZF-R1 is by far the most desirable. It isn’t all cosmetics though. Power comes in the form of a 998cc inline 4-cylinder 4-valve DOHC, a product from Yamaha’s MotoGP experiences. Another is the new Traction Control System. Gained from feed backs of its MotoGP riders, the 2012 edition includes a 7-level traction control system, a necessity for extreme cornering. Limited to 2000 units only, each of the YZF-R1 World GP 50th Anniversary Edition will be individually numbered and badged, all set for launch next month with a retail price of $14,490 US

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