MCN reports that the new 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 will have six stage traction control and some minor design changes. Yamaha insiders says the company is holding back from doing radical styling changes for atleast another two years.

2012 Yamaha R1
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The traction control works by using front and rear wheel speed sensors which detect the rear wheel spinning and then adjusts the fuel injection, throttle opening and ignition timing to reduce power.

Design changes include

  • Revised front lights and lower fairing
  • Remapped ECU for smoother power delivery and a boost to low and mid-range power
  • New LED front lights
  • Newly shaped exhaust heatshield and end caps
  • MotoGP inspired top yoke