Yamaha has introduced a third member of its R1 superbike family, the YZF-R1S. Built specifically for the US and Canadian market, it carries a 16-valve 998cc crossplane engine and electronic rider aids such traction and launch control, and variable power modes. The bodywork is inspired by Yamaha’s MotoGP M1 race bike.
Among the changes for Yamaha’s 449cc YZF-450F are a launch control system, new intake and exhaust cam profiles, revisions to the shifter, new engine mounts and revised suspension settings including a fully adjustable KYB spring-type fork and a new fork off-set. There’s also a new 270mm front disc brake (up from 250mm).
Featuring a liquid-cooled, 850cc, in-line three-cylinder engine, the XSR900 is also provided with traction control, slipper clutch and vintage inspired head and tail lights. Styling elements include a single-piece stepped saddle with stitched “XSR900” logo, teardrop mirrors, 3.7-gallon fuel tank, and a wide aluminum handlebar.