Yamaha's famous R1 bike is all set to get an updated rebirth in 2012 with some notable and creative changes on it. If the earlier 2006 model had the famous yellow-black speed block Yamaha trademark paint scheme, this 2012 model will have the red, white & black Yamaha race colour scheme.
For providing incredibly linear power delivery to the tune of a low-pitched V-Twin-like drone, the crossplane crank shaft is retained for the 2012 updated variant. The main competition for R1 is with the companies like Aprilia RSV-4 and the BMW S1000RR.
To fight with them in the tight two wheeler market, 2012 version of R1 have a 7-stage traction control system. The front fairing has been updated with a new headlight cowl and LED lights. Yamaha is confident of the success new variant of R1 as it is much better in performance when compared to its 2006 version.