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Yamaha's latest R1 emphasized leading-edge electronics and has proven a popular choice among track day riders. For 2016 the company has added another model, the R1S, as a more affordable option for litre bike riders. For a $2,300 reduction in price, riders get a few cost-cutting components, including aluminum wheels and engine covers instead of magnesium, steel connecting rods instead of titanium, stainless steel headers instead of titanium, resulting in four additional kilos. Electronics and suspension components remain unchanged.
New for 2016
Inline four, DOHC with 4 valves/cyl, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke
Seat Height, std
855 mm (33.7 in.)
1405 mm (55.3 in.)
17 L (4.49 USG)
203 kg (448 lbs.)
Twin 320 mm discs with 4-piston calipers
Single 220 mm disc with 1-piston caliper
Antilock Brakes (ABS)
43 mm Inverted/USD forks, fully adjustable with 120 mm of travel
Single Monocross shock, fully adjustable with 120 mm of travel
Matte Metallic Gray, Bluish Pearl White
12 months, unlimited mileage