The YZF-R1 60th Anniversary Edition
This Yamaha R1 Anniversary Edition Is Stunningly Beautiful
Updated August 10, 2018
There’s nothing quite like a retro themed anniversary edition. This particular offering from Yamaha should provoke enough nostalgia to make you part with your hard earned cash. Retro stylings combined with modern equipment is always a recipe for a winner, and this one fits the bill.
As far as sports bikes go, the YZF-R1 is iconic, no matter how you dress one up but when you give it the clothes from a decades old road racer – granted, it’s not nearly enough to be called a carbon copy – you should be excited.
So, it doesn’t have the full “retro” look; it’s exposes a lot of engine, unlike it’s fully faired GP500 styled brethren from back in the day but this isn’t just a replica, it has been designed to be a versatile and usable bike. It’s not just for a bit of track day fun, it’s for day to day riding – but if you want to hammer it around a circuit, it will also do you and the Yamaha name justice! And come on, the yellow is a welcome change too.
Again, it’s not really an updated copy either, it is in fact just your stock numbered R1, complete with everything that goes with it, including your standard 200 hp at 13,500 rpm and 112.4 Nm of peak torque too.
Yamaha R1 Anniversary: A Proven Track Weapon
This 60th anniversary number has also proved itself on tracks around the world, more recently finishing in second at the last leg of the EWC Endurance World Championships over in Bol D’Or, and holds second in the overall championship standings, so it certainly comes from an illustrious and long history of racing heritage.
Overall, it’s an exquisite bit of eye candy; whether you want to fork out on one or simply find yourself a kit is up to you though. Personally, if we’re talking race replica, take a closer look at the latest Suter MMX500 if you’ve got deep pockets.