The Yamaha YZF R1S didn’t amass the attention it may have needed. It was “hidden” in the middle of the Yamaha 2016 new model presentation, and if you have taken a look at what’s put in paper, then you would know that it may very well be the best bargain superbike for the company’s new lineup.
Why Hasn’t the Yamaha YZF R1S Gained the Attention it Deserved?
It could be that the Yamaha YZF R1S was overshadowed by more powerful models from the company, specifically the YZF-R1 and the R1M. These two are performance beasts that will keep everyone driving them screaming when handling corners, and even when riding the bikes down straight paths. The problem is (and you guessed it) money.
The YZF-R1 and R1M are priced for the higher-end markets, but their performance and specs may very well justify their price tags.
With the YZF R1S superbike, you can get it at a far lower cost as compared to getting the R1 or the R1M. It should also be noted that smaller costs do not mean bad performance. One of the reasons for its reduced price is due to the materials used on areas of the superbike.
For instance, even though the R1S does use the same 1.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, it uses steel con rods instead of the more premium (but more durable) titanium. This is also perhaps the biggest difference when looking at the R1S. Still, users will still be delighted to know that the R1S has the same sophisticated electronics found in the R1. It still comes with the Yamaha’s 6-wheel axis Inertial Measuring Unit, which is also called Yamaha’s “3D controllability.” This includes the traction control, anti-wheelie control (because let’s face it, not all of us are fans of the wheelie stunt), slide control, launch control, ABS, and the company’s own Unified Braking System.
When putting all of these together, you get the R1S which will help riders to get the most out of their superbike in a safer fashion. It may also very well spell out the difference between professional racer and that of a commuter.
Other difference found in the Yamaha YZF R1S are the aluminum oil pan instead of a magnesium material, an optional Quick Shift QSS (which used to be a standard feature), and the 5-spoke aluminum wheels (instead of the multispoke mags). The presence of the R1S’ electronic controls definitely separates this model from the rest. It may very well be the bargain superbike you are looking for.