2012 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP Superbike Unveiled–Pictures & Specifications


When we talk about MotoGP, it is all about the adrenaline rush getting through our nerves when looking at superbikes sprinting on the track at speeds over 300kmph and it is one of the most popular motorsport worldwide. Team Yamaha has always been the most inspiring of all and previous rider Valentino Rossi to an extent is the one who is responsible for the success of the same.

But now that Rossi is no longer in association with Yamaha, famous riders like Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies are all set to retain the rankings and status of the team.


Does this bike look familiar? It should not as it’s the latest 2011 MotoGP factory bike for the team known as Yamaha YZR-M1 and features a number of improvements over the previous ones. Most important of the improvements is a refined chassis and a slightly more powerful engine.


So now the most interesting thing to see would be the head on competition of Lorenzo over Yamaha with former team-mate Rossi over Ducati.

2011 Yamaha YZR-M1 Technical Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine type: 4 cylinders, 4-stroke, Inline
Displacement: 990 cc (60.49 cubic inches)
Cooling system: Water cooled
Power: 200 HP (147.1 kW)
Throttle: Ride by wire


Valve train: DOHC, non-variable
Valves per cylinder: 4

Fuel and ignition

Sparks per cylinder: 1
Fuel supply system: Fuel injection
Ignition type: Digital CDI
Engine mounting: Transverse
Lubrication system: Dry sump
Gear box: Manual 6-speed
Final drive: Chain
Starter: Electric


Dry weight: 150 kg
Chassis and suspension
Frame type: aluminium, Trellis frame
Suspension: Cartridge
Brake: Twin Disk, Ø320 mm
Suspension: twin shock, Swingarm
Brake: Disk, Ø220 mm


ABS available: No
Top speed: 320 km/h
Number of riders: 1 person
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