2010 Yamaha R1 LE: $2,000 More For Some Paint And A Fake Signature

09/09/2009 @ 8:53 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS


Available starting January 2010, Yamaha is releasing another Limited Edition R1, this time featuring the race livery of Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP race bike. Before you run out to your local Yamaha dealer though, you should know a couple things:

First, the Rossi Race Rep comes with a price tag that’s over $1,200 more than the rest of the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 model line (raven, blue/whie, and pearl white), and for that extra cash all you’re getting is the re-painted fairing, and a fuel tank with a replica of Valentino’s signature on it.

Secondly, you might be surprised to learn that on top of that price premium, the 2010 R1 costs $800 more than the 2009 R1, despite the fact the R1 goes virtually unchanged for the 2010 model year.

For those not good with numbers, those combined prices put the 2010 Yamaha R1 LE costing over $2,000 more than this year’s current YZF-R1, and all it has to show for it is a paint job that sells another company’s product.

Say what you will about Ducati’s Nicky Hayden LE 848 Superbike, at least they knew what paint costs, and had Nicky personally hand-sign each bike.

Technical Specifications of the 2010 Yamaha R1 LE Rossi Replica for Those that Care:

MSRP $14,500 (Fiat Yamaha Team Graphics) Available from January 2010
Type 998cc, liquid-cooled 4-cylinder DOHC 16 valves (titanium intake valves)
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm X 52.2mm
Compression Ratio 12.7:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final Drive #530 O-ring chain
Suspension/Front 43mm inverted fork; fully adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock w/piggyback reservoir; 4-way adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Brakes/Front Dual 310mm disc; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers
Brakes/Rear 220mm disc; single-piston caliper
Tires/Front 120/70-ZR17
Tires/Rear 190/55ZR17
Length 81.5 in
Width 28.1 in
Height 44.5 in
Seat Height 32.8 in
Wheelbase 55.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°
Trail 4.0 in
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal
Dry Weight 454 lb
Primary Reduction Ratio 65/43 (1.512)
Secondary Reduction Ratio 47/17 (2.765)
Gear Ratio – 1st Gear 38/15 (2.533)
Gear Ratio – 2nd Gear 33/16 (2.063)
Gear Ratio – 3rd Gear 37/21 (1.762)
Gear Ratio – 4th Gear 35/23 (1.522)
Gear Ratio – 5th Gear 30/22 (1.364)
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Gear Ratio – 6th Gear 33/26 (1.269)

Source: Yamaha

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  • Mongoose

    Well, not for nothing; at least the R1 is reasonably affordable to the average person. How much does a Ducati cost? Yet Rossi and company is kicking everybody’s tail. Last but not least the issue of Nicky Hayden, and his all too expensive Duc. He has’nt even gotten close enough to Rossi this year to smell his exhaust. The LE will sell because Rossi is a Speed God, and Yamaha rules.

  • Rick


    Did you really just compare a Nicky Hayden replica with a Valentino Rossi replica?

    This bike will sell irregardless of the price. It’s a collector item for those enthusiasts that aren’t worried and aside from them, there are a lot more #46 fans than #69 fans.

  • Did you really just compare an R1 to an 848? ;)