The Yamaha MotoGP Replicas You Can’t Buy

05/12/2011 @ 3:39 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

If you’re reading this post, then you are already too late to own a Yamaha YZF-R1 with MotoGP replica bodywork. For starters, the bikes were offered by Yamaha France, making local delivery here in the US a little challenging, even if you could pony up the €15,999 ($22,750) asking price. Second, race replica R1’s were gone almost immediately after being offered on the French website. If the price seems a bit steep, consider the fact that the machine would be delivered in person at the French GP by its appropriate MotoGP rider (there’s also a bit of Yamaha and team swag involved in the purchase price).

If you’re a die hard Lorenzo, Spies, Edwards, or Crutchlow fan, this opportunity by Yamaha France would probably be a once in a lifetime moment, but what we think is really special is that Yamaha left the Japanese support stickers on the bikes’ livery, not only drawing further ties to the MotoGP machines, but also noting a point in time that changed Japan, the world, and the motorcycle community…good stuff. More photos after the jump, but be forewarned that the yellow and black Tech3 paint scheme is extra drool-worthy on the R1.

Source: Yamaha France

  • RGR

    Yamaha still trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear? Graphics can’t hide that ugly schnoz.

  • buellracerx

    say what you want, I for one am a big fan of that sexy front end (race bodywork even’s better)

  • Jake Fox

    So just to be clear, it’s mechanically no different than any other new R1 rolled off a showroom floor but costs nearly 10 grand more. Thanks, but I think I’ll buy a reg. R1 and a decent used car for when the weather is shit for the same amount of money.

  • Geoff B

    And let’s not forget, if it’s road legal in France, then it’s limited to <106BHP.

  • luke

    you drive a car when the weathers shit? lol. I guess it must snow where your from.

  • Jake Fox

    @Luke I live in Chicago, the weather is truly shit for roughly six months out of the year.

  • Mark

    Wouldn’t this make much more sense as a WSBK replica?
    Unless, they’re planning on unavailing the PW50 WSBK replica, personally delivered by Melandri and Laverty at Miller in two weeks!

  • Mustang

    For me they don’t really look Motogp bikes even in race colours and agree with some the road bike si not the best looking out there, but these look more like the SBK bike, so strip the road stuff off for a track day bike, some Akropovics and you will have one mean looking, sounding SOB of a a SBK rep.

  • Richard Gozinya

    Unless they’re going to do what Ducati did with the Desmo, they shouldn’t even bother.

  • ah seng

    so the extra 10 grand is just for the paint? i think if you go for custom paint job, it won’t cost more than 2 grand?

  • Usually love Yamahas but I can’t wait till this one, and the R6 go byebye. Styling for both bikes is ugly and cheap looking in person. Don’t want all bikes to look the same but Japanese bikes in general are looking overdone and just unattractive these days. The R1 headlights make it look cross-eyed and really doesn’t even look aerodynamically practical with the big, wide intakes. Looks like Jack Nicholson’s Joker face.

    And these are complete ripoffs… 10gs extra? I don’t care how it’s delivered!

  • Jimmy Midnight

    Who would want a Whore-Gay replica anyway? Besides since FIAT pulled out because of Rossi’s departure isn’t it just an R1 with Yamaha graphics??? Long live REPSOL!

  • The price premium is misleading because you’re comparing currency conversions from FRA to USA. This is a €2,000 or so premium over the base price on the R1 in France, which might be worth it if you want a limited edition bike and to meet your favorite Yamaha rider.

  • LutherG

    2k premium for a bike that looks like any other blue Yamaha? I’m not a Honda or Suzuki fan, but those bikes paintjobs actually look cool. Rizla because its a rolling paper company, and repsol cause its handsome.