The current Yamaha R1 was launched in 2009 and in the 2012 version also Yamaha has kept major design aspects of the model intact. Yamaha R1 will continue with its 998cc inline four-cylinder engine but a major change is presence of the new six-way adjustable traction control system (TCS). The new TCS will be standard across all variant of 2012 Yamaha R1.
Being a 2012 model a lot was expected on the overall designing of the bike but Yamaha has barely tried any new looks and has kept the appearance much the same. But apart from this mid-life redesign the manufacturer has worked on a couple of other features which are as below:
- A six-stage traction control to come as standard on all variants
- A redesigned front with revised front lights and lowered fairing
- A remapped ECU to ensure smoother power delivery and deliver boost to low and mid-range power
- LED technology incorporated in the headlights
- A new exhaust design with newly designed heat shield and end caps
- New MotoGP inspired top yoke
What is ‘TCS’? It is a sensor to monitor front and rear wheel speeds regularly and will detect the rear wheel spinning. If the wheel tends to spin TCS will adjust the fuel injection, throttle opening and ignition timing to bring down engine power. 2012 Yamaha R1 will get current three-way Variable Map Function as well.
The company has also completed 50 years in the motorsport world and as a celebration it is offering a limited edition model of the same and only 2000 units of this edition will be sold. As per the company officials at least for the next two years the company will follow the same radical design after which a new model will be unveiled.
Also see – Yamaha to launch anniversary models this week
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Source – MCN