The Japan based motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha seems so have got itself inspired by the Honda VFR 1200F sports tourer and based on this inspiration seems to have plans to include the electronically controlled twin clutch in the flagship R1 superbike.The technique though that Yamaha plans to use will be different from the one that Honda has employed. Unlike Honda, where one input shaft passes through the other, Yamaha plans to use two input shafts that are half the length of a normal gearbox’s single shaft. Also, the two clutches will be placed on either side of the vehicle for perfect weight distribution.For the 2012 season Yamaha will introduce an uprated YZF-R1 featuring a range of important MotoGP inspired engine and chassis changes which are designed to elevate the performance and enjoyment of this unique race-proven motorcycle to another level.
Since its launch the latest-generation R1 has set new standards for engine and chassis performance on the road and track, winning the World Superbike Championship at its first attempt in 2009 with Ben Spies. In the 2011 WSB season Yamaha's race-winning factory YZF-R1 Superbikes have proved to be amongst the fastest and best-handling 1000cc machines, and in many National Superbike and Production race series around the world, the R1 is the machine of choice for front-running racers.
In addition to the ECU changes and new traction control system, which combine to achieve a new level of drivability, the R1 features a more aggressive fairing "face" with new eye catching LED illumination lights. Other new styling highlights include the muffler covers and muffler end tips plus a MotoGP inspired lightweight top triple clamp.
The 2011 AMA Superbike Championship winning R1 with its cross plane crank and uneven firing order has taken another evolutionary step forward for 2012 with the addition of traction control and revised ECU settings. These changes make it easier for the experienced rider to bring out the full performance of the new 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 while enjoying the unique character and sound of the revolutionary cross plane engine.
With back-to-back American Superbike Championships, and more MotoGP-inspired than ever, the R1 is the world’s most advanced Open-class production motorcycle.
The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is unlinke anything before. Benefitting from even more MotoGP technology for 2012 with new sevel-level traction control and the World GP 50th Anniversary livery option. The World GP livery includes a 50th Anniversary emblem on top of the fuel tank and a special numbered plate showing the production number of only 2000 units that will be produced worldwide. From the track to the street, it truly is "the 1."2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 - Specifications/Technical Details
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
Maximum Power 133.9 kW (182.1PS) @ 12,500 rpm (without air-induction)
Maximum Torque 115.5 Nm (11.8 kg-m) @ 10,000 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Carburettor Fuel Injection
Clutch Type Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Frame Aluminium Deltabox
Front suspension system Upside-down telescopic fork, Ø 43 mm
Front travel 120 mm
Caster Angle 24º
Trail 102 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm
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 2,070 mm
Overall width 715 mm
Overall height 1,130 mm
Seat height 835 mm
Wheel base 1,415 mm
Minimum 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