The Yamaha R1 and R1M are technological achievements in modern motorcycling. They’re two of the best motorcycles on the market, just ask Motorcyclist. But I’ve said this before: There are very few people on the street who can ride either bike to its maximum potential.
2016 Yamaha YZF-R1S
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Yamaha made a smart move today by introducing the YZF-R1S.
The YZF-R1 was not only one of the fastest in the category, but also one of the most expensive at $16,990 (anniversary model). So Yamaha shaved $2,000 off the price and introduced the YZF-R1S at $14,990. Only missing a minimal items, it’s a chance for more people to taste the thrill of an R1. Many media members are saying it’s targeted to a younger audience, but I’d never trust a newbie with this much bike—it’s still very much an R1.
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The R1S isn’t playing pretend. It’s not simply a shell of a motorcycle with R1 badging and fairings; very little on this bike is lacking compared to the R1. Minus one new additional paint scheme, you’d be hard-pressed to spot the differences. There’s no badging to determine that it’s an S model, so be wary of the guy bragging about his new R1 at the local bike night next year.
The R1S is nine pounds heavier than the R1, thanks to less magnesium and more aluminum. The R1 features a titanium oil pan, right side engine covers and wheels; the R1S replaces those parts with aluminum. The R1 titanium exhaust is dropped for stainless steel on the S model (although a titanium muffler remains), and there’s heavier steel bolts on the engine covers.
The quick shifter has also been dropped and it's now an option.
Inside the engine, titanium connecting rods and valve spring caps are replaced with steel on the R1S. This dropped the redline from 14,000 to 12,500.
The R1S will be offered in the same colors as the R1 and available in February 2016.
What do you think? Was this the right move for Yamaha? The poor man’s R1? Or will it water down the R1 and R1M? Comment Below.
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