Yamaha has quietly released information on the 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 on its website, and as expected there are few changes for the new year. With plenty of R1’s sitting in the factory, Yamaha took a slugging during the recession, and is still unloading leftover inventory onto dealers. To help sell those 2011 Yamaha R1’s though, the tuning fork brand has thrown some new paint on the faster red ones…and by new paint we mean skulls with wisps of fire and brimstone.
We’d be lying to you if we said the disappointment ended there. Hoping to sell those R1’s more readily, Yamaha has increased the price on the 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1 by $300 across the board ($13,590 MSRP Raven Black & Yamaha Racing Blue/White), except for the red skull bike, which will command a $500 premium over last year’s model ($13,790 MSRP Candy Red/Raven). With prices like that, the ridiculous Yamaha R1 Rossi Edition is starting to look good.
Other than cosmetics, no other changes come to the 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1. Expect them to hit dealers in October of this year.