February 25, 2013

Yamaha Superbike: 2013 Yamaha YZF-R1

Simply stating that the “2013 YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 come back in a variety of new and exciting colors,” Yamaha’s press release is void of any mentioning of an update to the R1 or R6′s electronics package or other technical add-ons, let alone any revision to the major components of the machines.

With Honda already showing us its re-styled Honda CBR1000RR for 2012, and Kawasaki and Suzuki expected to stay the course with their liter-bike models, it would seem the only guaranteed change in sport bike offerings from the Big 4 for 2013 is the revamped Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, which sees the same chassis outfitted with a 636cc motor and new bodywork. Humpf.

What is perhaps more interesting is that there appears to be no movement from Yamaha or Suzuki in bringing a 250cc class sport bike to the American market — thus leaving all the quarter-liter fun to Honda and Kawasaki. Photos of the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R1 are after the jump.

2013 Yamaha YZF r125 2013 - Available with the Race-Blu Paintjob, which will also be used on the YZR-M1 at the Italian GP at Misano this year, with the Liquid-Cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, Single Cylinder, SOHC Engine is tuned to Deliver Free-revving Performance. And like all R-series Bikes, it Features a Lightweight Deltabox Frame. Linked to a cast Aluminium Swinging-arm, this Gives the R125 Class-Leading Handling.

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