Yamaha releases R1 in iconic race livery and confirms second run of R1-M

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 18 Sep 2015

Stunning race livery on the R1 will be available on a special edition model


In celebration of their 60th Anniversary, Yamaha will release a special edition of the YZF-R1 in the stunning iconic, yellow and black racing livery made famous by Kenny Roberts.

The livery was unveiled at the legendary Bol d’Or endurance race this morning and will be a limited edition for 2016. This 60th anniversary edition is also equipped with an Akrapovic muffler and will be in dealerships from December.

The Japanese firm also announcing another European production run of the R1-M. 

Just 75 of the exclusive machines came to the UK in the first run earlier this year, but now customers will get a second chance to get their hands on the race-spec machine.

The limited edition R1M highly sophisticated Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) from Ohlins and will be aimed at ‘professional teams and highly experienced riders’ looking to make the most out of the R1 on track. From the data provided by the 6-axis IMU featured as standard on both models, the ERS system makes integrated adjustments to both front and rear suspension to provide additional stability and control during braking, improved cornering control and increased traction when entering corners.

As before, interested parties must register via a dedicated online application system set to open on October 1st.

Such was its popularity, Yamaha are producing a second run of the R1-M

All successful owners will get chance to take part in the 2016 Yamaha Racing Experience, an exclusive event set to take place at a number of European tracks next Spring.

This year’s events saw riders take to the track with MotoGP legend Colin Edwards at circuits such as Assen, Mugello and Brno.

“With its sophisticated electronic control systems and advanced engine and chassis technologies, the R1M is a complex motorcycle that must be set up correctly in order to achieve the best performance,” say Yamaha. “2016 R1M owners will be taught how to prepare and fine tune the bike by our team of highly skilled Yamaha Racing technicians, enabling every rider to discover their true potential on the racetrack.”

The R1-M was priced at £18,499 when it first went on sale earlier this year.