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Cheaper 2016 Yamaha R1S entry level variant coming in Feb 2016

2016 Yamaha R1S side

2016 Yamaha YZF-R1S, a watered down version of the Yamaha R1, is priced at $14,990 and will be on sale from February.

Yamaha introduces the new YZF-R1S targeting a younger and more adventurous set of buyers. Yamaha R1S will be offered in two color options – Matte Grey and White/Black/Red combo priced at $14,990 (INR 9,75,998). Positioned below the base model Yamaha R1, the new R1S is slated to head to company dealerships in February 2016.

Differences between the R1 and the R1S lie in the front where multi spoke magnesium alloys are replaced by 5 spoke aluminum wheels. Titanium connecting rods in the engine are replaced with steel ones while oil pan and right side engine cover are in aluminum as against titanium seen on the premium counterpart. In stainless steel and not titanium are exhaust headers made up of, while new valve springs are also used on the 2016 Yamaha R1S.

2016 Yamaha R1S

The R1S is a good USD 2,000 cheaper than the regular version, thanks to replacement of several Titanium parts.

On the base variant, quick shifter is offered as an option. It also receives titanium muffler and electronic package with six axis Inertial Measurement Unit with traction control, wheelie control, launch control and slide control package. There is also a weight difference between 2016 Yamaha R1S and R1 with former weighing 203 kgs, 4 kgs heavier than the R1.

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Other tech specs of the 2016 Yamaha R1S include a 998cc liquid cooled DOHC 16 valves in-line four engine mated to a 6 speed transmission. Front suspension is a 43mm KYB inverted fork, three way adjustable for spring preload with compression and rebound damping. Rear suspension is KYB gas charge shock with four way adjustable for spring preload, high/low speed and compression with rebound damping. Wheelbase is at 55.3 inches while fuel tank capacity stands at 4.5 gallons.

Yamaha R1 Regular Variant – Pictures

2016 Yamaha R1S side

Regular R1 pictured.

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Pearl Daniels

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Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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