4/19 Update: After further discussion with the seller, we have determined that this is an R1S and not a standard R1.
Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2015 Yamaha R1. Please note that CycleVIN reports an accident in 2015 – this has a clean title. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
The 1990s were defined by three sportbikes – the Honda CBR900RR, the Ducati 916, and the Yamaha R1. Honda’s CBR900RR started the revolution by being 76 pounds lighter than its lightest competition. Soon after, Ducati released the 916. It was technically competent with fuel injection and even an adjustable steering head angle, but it’s best remembered just for being one of the most beautiful motorcycles of all time. In 1998, Yamaha released the R1 and wiped the floor with everyone else – it was the lightest and most powerful literbike available and you had to work hard to find a dealer with one in stock.
In 2015, Yamaha added to the lineup with the R1S. As Cycle World explains in their first look review: “Yamaha is quick to point out that the new R1S is not a detuned R1. But there are differences between the bikes. Most obvious visually are the five-spoke aluminum wheels that have replaced the superlight multispoke magnesium units on the standard R1. And with regard to the R1S engine, it’s the familiar 998cc inline-four with the crossplane crank, but the R1’s trick fracture-split titanium connecting rods have been replaced by conventional ones made of steel. The DOHC cylinder head is the same, but new valve springs are now used, likely related to an unspecified lower redline. What’s more, the oil pan and right-side engine cover, magnesium on the standard R1, are now aluminum, and stainless steel exhaust headers have replaced the ones made of titanium. All told, Yamaha says the new 2016 YZF-R1S weighs 448 lb. wet, which is 9 lb. more the claimed weight of the standard R1.”
“Most R1 hardware remains unchanged on the new R1S. This includes the chassis and suspension, as well as the titanium muffler and the trick electronics package that has a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit and offers traction control, wheelie control, launch control, and even slide control programs, plus ABS. About the only R1 electronics aid not found on the R1S is the quickshifter, but it’s available as an option.”
The seller states that they performed an oil change after every practice.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Yamaha is offered on a clean California title. Have any YZF-R1 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!