Top Features:

  • Cutting-edge MotoGP®-Derived Crossplane Crankshaft Engine
    The YZF-R1® features a lightweight and compact crossplane-crankshaft, inline-four-cylinder, 998cc high output engine. Featuring titanium fracture-split connecting rods—the first ever for a production motorcycle—the motor delivers extremely high horsepower and a strong pulse of linear torque for outstanding performance.
  • Class-leading Electronics Package
    The YZF-R1 features the most advanced MotoGP®-inspired electronics package ever offered on a supersport machine: a full suite of inter-related technologies, enabling the rider to enjoy the fullest range of performance with great comfort, control, and ease of operation.
  • MotoGP®-level Controllability
    Featuring the first six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) ever offered on a street-going motorcycle, the 2016 R1 represents the dawn of a new digital era where all riders can experience total 3D controllability.
  • Informed Systems
    IMU consists of a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as an accelerometer, or G-sensor, that measures acceleration in the fore-aft, up-down, and right-left directions… all at a rate of 125 calculations per second. By calculating each signal, the IMU finds the precise vehicle position and movement, and communicates it to the ECU, enabling it to control the bike’s systems.
  • Digital Rider Aids
    The YZF-R1 is fully equipped with banking-sensitive Traction Control, as well as Slide Control, Wheel Lift Control, Quickshifter, Launch Control, ABS, a Unified Braking System, and much more. The all-new R1 gives street riders, track day participants, and full-on racers an unmatched and unprecedented level of rider-adaptive performance.
  • Deltabox® Frame
    Advanced aluminum Deltabox® frame uses the engine as a stressed member of the chassis and is designed to provide optimum longitudinal, lateral and torsional rigidity balance.
  • Titanium Exhaust System
    A lightweight and free-flowing exhaust system with titanium headers and muffler canister features a mid-ship layout, positioned low and in the middle of the chassis for improved mass centralization.
  • MotoGP® Styling
    The styling on the new R1 is inspired by the YZR-M1, purposely sculpted for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.


  • Cutting-edge Crossplane Engine
    The 998cc in-line 4-cylinder, crossplane crankshaft engine features titanium fracture-split connecting rods, which are an industry first for a production motorcycle. The specific titanium alloy used to manufacture the new connecting rods is around 60% lighter than steel, and this major reduction in weight gives the R1 engine a responsive and potent character at high rpm. This stunning engine delivers extremely high horsepower and a strong pulse of linear torque.
  • Compact Stacked Transmission
    A 6-speed transmission has also been adopted to match the new engine. The transmission "stacks" the input/output shafts to centralize mass and to keep the overall engine size shorter front to back, which optimizes engine placement in the frame for outstanding weight balance.
  • Rocker-Arm Valvetrain
    Advanced rocker-arm valve actuation uses the arm’s lever ratio to allow for larger valve lift while using lower cam lobes and reduced spring pressure, further boosting power.
  • Lightweight Engine Components
    Lightweight magnesium covers are used to further reduce engine weight.
  • Titanium Exhaust System
    The R1 is equipped with an exhaust system manufactured mainly from titanium. Plus, a compact midship muffler contributes to mass centralization.
  • Advanced Clutch
    Assist and slipper clutch is used to give the rider more confident downshifts when entering corners aggressively, while still handling the torque of the R1’s high-output inline-four motor.

Electronics Package:

  • MotoGP®-level Controllability
    Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) uses six axes of measurement: It consists of a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as an accelerometer, or G-sensor, that measures acceleration in the fore-aft, up-down, and right-left directions… all at a rate of 125 calculations per second. The IMU communicates with the ECU, which activates the technologies in Yamaha Ride Control (YRC). YRC includes Power Mode, Traction Control System, Slide Control System, Lift Control System, Launch Control System and Quick Shift System. All these systems are adjustable and can be saved within four presets in the YRC system.
  • PWR Mode
    Power Delivery Mode (PWR), similar to the earlier “D-Mode” system, lets the rider choose from four settings of throttle-valve opening rate in relation to the degree of throttle-grip opening to best match their riding conditions.
  • Lean Angle Sensitive TCS
    Variable Traction Control System (TCS) reduces rear wheel spin when exiting corners, calculating differences in wheels speeds and in relation to lean angle. As lean angle increases, so does the amount of intervention… with ten separate settings (off and 1-9) enabling the rider to dial in the exact level of control needed.
  • MotoGP®-developed SCS
    Slide Control System (SCS), the first of its kind on a production motorcycle, comes directly from the YZR-M1. It works in tandem with the IMU, where, if a slide is detected while accelerating during hard leaning conditions, the ECU will step in and control engine power to reduce the slide. This too can be adjusted by the rider. Four settings (1-3 and off).
  • Lift Control System
    Lift Control System (LIF) IMU detects the front to rear pitch rate and the ECU controls engine power to reduce the front wheel lift during acceleration. Four settings (1-3 and off).
  • Race Start Control
    Launch Control System (LCS) limits engine rpms to 10,000 even with wide open throttle. It maintains optimum engine output in conjunction with input from the TCS and LIF systems to maximize acceleration from a standing start. Three setting levels regulate the effect (1-2 and off).
  • Adjustable Quickshifter
    Quick Shift System (QSS) cuts engine output so riders can up-shift without using the clutch and closing the throttle for quicker lap times, also with three variable settings (1-2 and off).
  • Ride-by-Wire Throttle
    The R1 uses YCC-T® (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle), fly-by-wire technology providing optimum power delivery. YCC-I® is Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake which is a variable intake system that broadens the spread of power in both low and high rpm.
  • Full Color Instruments
    The R1 features a brilliant full-color, thin-film transistor LCD meter, including front brake pressure and fore/aft G-force readouts, giving the rider even more feedback from the machine. It features both street mode and a track mode that focuses on performance information, such as YRC settings, a zoomed-in view of the tachometer in the upper rpm range, a lap timer with best lap and last lap feature, gear position indicator and speed.


  • Deltabox® Frame
    Aluminum Deltabox® frame and magnesium subframe contribute to a light weight and compact chassis design. The aluminum frame is both strong and flexible, with rigid engine mounts, making the engine a stressed member of the frame for optimal rigidity balance and great cornering performance on the race track.
  • Full Adjustable KYB® Fork
    The R1 features an advanced inverted KYB® front fork with 43mm inner tubes and a 4.7 inch stroke with full adjustability, for incredible front-end feel on the track.
  • Linkage-type KYB® Shock
    The fully adjustable KYB® shock has a rear bottom link pivot position that is optimally placed to provide exceptional handling, and excellent transmission of engine torque to the track surface.
  • Compact Chassis Dimensions
    The wheelbase is 10mm shorter than the 2014 YZF-R1 adding to cornering performance. However, the ratio of swing arm length to wheelbase is 40.5% for excellent handling.
  • Aluminum Fuel Tank
    An aluminum 4.5 gallon fuel tank, weighing in at a full 3.5 pounds less than a comparable steel tank, further reduces overall weight.
  • Powerful, Controllable Brakes
    The track developed and tested racing ABS and Unified Braking System provide maximum braking performance. UBS inhibits unwanted rear end motion during braking by activating the rear brake when the front brake is applied, with force distribution based on the bike’s attitude and lean angle. ADVICS 4-piston radial mounted front calipers ride on big 320mm rotors for excellent stopping power.
  • Race-ready Magnesium Wheels
    10-spoke cast magnesium wheels that reduce rotational mass by 1.9 pounds over the 2014 model reduce unsprung weight for quick direction changes and improved handling.

Additional Features:

  • MotoGP® Styling
    Dynamic “M1” inspired styling that creates a more compact profile with improved aerodynamics.
  • Compact LED Headlights
    LED headlights are both lightweight and compact allowing for a more streamlined design and layout of the front face.
  • LED Lighting
    LED front turn signals are integrated into the mirrors for improved aerodynamics, while an LED tail light is stylish and highly visible.
  • Factory Level Telemetry
    Available as an option is the Yamaha-exclusive Communication Control Unit. The CCU allows riders to communicate with the vehicle via Wi-Fi through Yamaha’s exclusive Y-TRAC smartphone and tablet app. The system is comprised of the CCU and GPS antenna, running data can be recorded via a data logger, with course mapping and automatic lap timing managed by GPS. This data can then be wirelessly downloaded to the Android® or Apple® iOS® app where it can be analyzed. Changes to settings can be made via the Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) Setting app and then uploaded back to the R1.