Yamaha YZF R1: The ultimate supersport from Yamaha

When Yamaha took the wraps off the R1 back in 2008, it generated a lot of hype. It was also one among the first litre-class supersport bikes to have been launched in India. Ever since, the rivalry has gotten stiffer and inflation has lead to the price of the bike shooting up even further. It hasn’t been easy for Yamaha to get the motorcycle off showroom floors; however, with the 2018 model, they hoped to garner some more attention.


Packed neatly within the frame is a 998cc, four-cylinder engine that produces 194.30bhp and 112.40Nm of torque. The motor is liquid-cooled and comes paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Yamaha YZF R1 is BSIV-compliant.


The YZF R1 looks extremely futuristic with those two separate LED headlights on either side, the sharp nose and the smartly positioned rear view mirrors. It also sports a visor that helps during wind blast. The side fairing is very sporty, and the tank has a muscular appeal to it. It gets a stubby exhaust and a very sleek tail section with minimal padding for the rider’s seat. There is a seat for the pillion as well. At the rear, it sports a distinctive tail light cluster. We also love the black alloy wheels. It is equipped with banking-sensitive traction control, unified ABS, slide control, launch control and a whole lot more. Even the Quick Shift System has been updated. And the Wheel Lift Control system has been improved upon. In terms of dimensions, the YZF R1 is 2055mm in length, 690mm in width and 1150mm in height. Open the throttle, and you’ll be floored by its prompt throttle response. Acceleration is mind-numbing and the bike manages insane speeds. The bike sounds great too, typical of a litre-class Yamaha. The bike puts all its power down on the road in a seamless manner. At 200kgs, the bike feels light and nimble. The ground clearance, on the other hand, is 130mm, while the bike has a wheelbase of 1405mm and a seat height of 855mm.


The Yamaha YZF R1 has a fuel tank capacity of 17 litres. In terms of mileage, the YZF R1 is capable of returning 18kmpl by ARAI, in BSIV guise.

Mechanical Parts

The seating position is rather aggressive and is unlikely to be very practical for daily use. But the saddle is fairly comfortable and offers decent under-thigh support. The handlebar is nice and wide and is within appropriate reach of the rider. The pillion’s seat is quite comfortable too. The R1 feels incredibly agile and leans into corners with all the zeal possible. The steering is always brimming with feedback and the brakes offer good retardation when necessary. The motorcycle feels very sure-footed at triple-digit speeds. Ride quality is a little on the firm side. At the front, the bike rides on telescopic forks, while the rear gets a swingarm. As far as the chassis is concerned, it is built around a diamond-type frame. The YZF R1 runs on 120/70 ZR-17 tyres at the front and 190/55 ZR-17 tyres at the rear. Retardation duties are taken care of by disc brakes at the front and at the rear.


The bike comes loaded with a slew of features like an LED headlamp and tail lamp, alloy wheels, pass light switch, ABS, digital trip meter, digital tachometer, engine kill switch, pillion’s seat and a clock.


The Yamaha YZF R1 is available in two shades like Yamaha Blue and Tech Black. Yamaha Blue is certainly a colour that is bound to be a favourite among young riders.


Feel free to step into a showroom or browse through the company’s website to know all the necessary details on the bike. It will help you with details that cover specifications, colours and accessory options.

Prices and Variants

The Yamaha YZF R1 is available in one variant: YZF R1 Standard for ₹ 18.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For further details and the on-road price of the bike, you can head to autox.

There is a lot more information available on the Yamaha YZF R1, along with detailed reviews of the same. You can tune into autox to know more about the brand, its models and news related to the product.


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