2017 Yamaha YZF-R1: All You Need To Know

In the literbike wars,there is one Japanese entry everyone looks for. This entry comes from Yamaha in the form of YZF-R1. Having switched to a crossplane crankshafta few years back, Yamaha gave its litrebike a thorough upgrade in 2016. The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 is available in not just the R1-M form but R1S too. However, we will only be talking about the regular R1. So, read on to find out more about the new 2017 Yamaha R1 (shorter name for easier reference) price in USA, specifications and features.

2017 Yamaha R1 in Team Yamaha Blue colour

2017 Yamaha R1 Price in USA

Yamaha YZF-R1 $16,699

In terms of its cost, the 2017 Yamaha R1 is priced quite nicely. For its price, the R1 is perhaps the most radical-looking motorcycle you can buy. The bike looks as if it will just turn into a transformer at a moment’s notice. Let’s see how the R1’s price compares to its rivals.

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2017 Yamaha R1 Competitors

Aprilia RSV4 RR $16,999
BMW S1000RR $15,695
MV Agusta F4RR $19,798
EBR 1190RX $13,995
Ducati 1299 Panigale $19,995
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R $15,099
Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade $16,799
Suzuki GSX-R1000 $14,599

Looking at the price of its rivals, the new 2017 Yamaha R1’s cost seems competitive. Its price is a far cry from Ducati and MV Agusta bikes. However, the GSX-R1000, ZX-10R, S1000RR and 1190RX carry a lesser price tag. So, let’s see wgat the R1 has on paper to see how much value it offers.

Also Read: 2017 MV Agusta F4 RR

2017 Yamaha R1 Specifications

Engine displacement and type 998cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, inline four-cylinder
Power 163HP
Torque 98Nm
Transmission 6-speed with slipper clutch
Suspension (front) 43mm KYB Upside Down Fork, fully adjustable
Suspension (rear) KYB monoshock, four-way adjustable
Brakes (front) Dual 320mm brake discs with 4-piston calipers, ABS and Unified Braking System
Brakes (rear) Single 220mm disc with single-piston caliper, ABS and Unified Braking System
Top Speed >300kmph
Fuel Consumption N/A

In terms of raw power, the 2017 Yamaha R1 does not seem much powerful. This is especially the case when you consider that its European rivals are touching the 200HP mark.Its torque figure does not seem as good as its competitors’ too. In terms of suspension and brakes, the R1 does not have top-shelf components. While that helps it in the pricing department, such omissions make it look old/dated.

2017 Yamaha R1 in Rqaven Black paint scheme

New 2017 Yamaha R1 Features

  • ABS
  • Magnesium Wheels
  • Titanium connecting rods
  • Titanium intake valves
  • Aluminium Fuel Tank
  • Smartphone app (optional)
  • Quickshifter
  • Power modes
  • Traction control
  • Slide control
  • Launch control
  • Wheelie Control
  • IMU
  • GPS Telemetry (optional)

The 2017 Yamaha R1 is filled to the brim with features. However, certain features such as Slide Control and Aluminium Fuel Tank are not available on its pricier rivals too. Looking at the feature list, we can say that this bike justifies its price tag. The new 2017 Yamaha R1’s spec sheet may not be that good. But with so many features, it needs to apologise to no one.

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