2010 Yamaha R1 LE: Rossi-replica paint

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Yamaha are having a spectacular year in racing. Rossi is winning MotoGP again while Ben Spies has been setting lap records all season and just took the Championship lead in SBK. It’s no wonder they’ve decided to capitalize on the moment by offering the 2010 Yamaha R1 LE in a limited edition with racing livery. The 2010 R1 is virtually unchanged from the 2009 model with the exception of the Limited Edition getting the racing graphics, SOQI forks and rear shock. We have to admit, while the new suspension is nice,  we’re oddly disappointed the bike will come in Rossi colors.


Sure, Rossi’s a living legend, best racer ever, costs a fortune, etc., but that’s par for the course, right? Spies, on the other hand, is leading the SBK Rider’s Championship on the new cross-plane crankshaft R1. If he wins, and it’s likely he will, that’s not only a first for Yamaha but a huge marketing opportunity. Did we mention Spies’ livery looks cooler on the R1 as well?
Regardless, Yamaha has other problems. Coming in at $14,500, the Rossi R1 isn’t just on the edge of luxury territory, it’s also a mere $50 less than a BMW S1000RR in “good looking.”



MSRP* $14,500 (Fiat Yamaha Team Graphics) Available from January 2010

Type 998cc, liquid-cooled 4-cylinder DOHC 16 valves (titanium intake valves)
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm X 52.2mm
Compression Ratio 12.7:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I

Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition 

Transmission 6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch

Final Drive #530 O-ring chain

Suspension/Front 43mm inverted fork; fully adjustable, 4.7-in travel

Suspension/Rear Single shock w/piggyback reservoir; 4-way adjustable, 4.7-in travel

Brakes/Front Dual 310mm disc; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers
Brakes/Rear 220mm disc; single-piston caliper
Tires/Front 120/70-ZR17
Tires/Rear 190/55ZR17
Length 81.5 in

Width 28.1 in

Height 44.5 in

Seat Height 32.8 in

Wheelbase 55.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°
Trail 4.0 in
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal
Dry Weight 454 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
  • monkeyfumi

    Agreed, as big a fan of Rossi as I am, I think they would have been better waiting for Spies to win the title and rep his bike.

  • SJY

    You make a good point; Ben is racing a production based R1.
    Like the Hayden LE from Ducati the Rossi fans will buy. I would bet my SV650 that Rossi LE sells out. Did you read how many they are making?

  • http://www.themeaters.com danzero

    maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll make a Spies too. However I think the price tag just isn’t worth it maybe if they threw in a full set of leathers and your choice of Donkey or Rossi face helmet…

    • http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com hoyt

      “VLE” – very limited edition.

      …will avoid having to explain: “No, it’s not made by Fiat.”

      Good luck Ben Spies.

  • ryan

    this is truly one of the ugliest sponsor liveries i have ever seen.

    • Isaac

      You don’t need to wait my fellow rider. Just go to http://www.drippinwet.com and talk with Chris Crutzel. I am more than positive he can make you the graphics. Also check out http://www.oppracing.com an pick up the carbon bits that you WILL need for a pretty good replica. That is what I am going to do with my R1. I can already use Illustrator an Photoshop..so, I’ll be drawing up my Spies rep.

  • silvercbr

    …or you could buy a cheap set of plastics off of Ebay from China. Didn’t they already offer a set of limited edition plastics for the older R1? That went over like a turd in a punch bowl.

  • Rocket Punch

    Just get a fairing kit, and use the saving for trackdays. Honestly, I don’t care how good you are in riding, if whoever that is on this bike other than VR will for be a poser.

  • Gary

    I agree the VR version is a little “boy racer” for the $ tag…. But what Yamaha Motor France has to offer is a pretty cool looking RR package. link here

  • deckard

    All the graphics in the world can’t hide the fact that the R1 is butt ugly.

    How about a limited edition brown paper bag package?

  • http://www.motojournal.blogspot.com Josch

    You’re right!
    I was on a bike fair in Dortmund/Germany last winter where a Tuner/Dealer showed up with the real thing. For me, best of show that day! Pricing in Europe is SciFi for you guys in the US but this thing had a 20K Euro-tag on it… Have a look:

    Keep on twisting the wrist

  • drjohndee

    The bigger news that you haven’t picked up on yet is that next year’s R6 is an all-new bike identical (?!) to Rossi’s MotoGP machine.

  • drjohndee

    That’s the 2011 R6 by the way, not the 2010.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      There’s nothing to substantiate that claim at the moment.

  • Brian

    I thought the current R1 already had the Soqi suspension? What is different about the 2010 suspension? Is it a better version of the existing suspension? 2k premium seems a little high for some paint!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      I read the release and assumed a higher spec for the internals. I mean, Yamaha wouldn’t really charge that much more for just a paint job that says FIAT in giant letters all over the thing, would they?

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    Feels cheesy to me.

    Yamaha pays a lot of money for Rossi so it makes sense to try and leverage that into some easy profit. I agree they should have done the Spies bike instead – it’s a better story this year, and Spies WSB ride has a lot more in common with the production model than the Rossi MotoGP bike. If anything, Spies success has given Yamaha a bigger boost than Rossi in the ‘my bike manufacturer is better than your bike mfr’ retard sessions out in the canyons and on the forums.

    Full disclosure: I still love the Repsol Honda – I think it looks kickass. Maybe because it doesn’t have a silly signature on it. And I’m taller than Dani Pedrosa. :)

  • DucatiVeloce

    looks like a half asses attempt to me. yamaha failed with the scheme and the price.

  • M.P.

    Don’t worry guys! We’ll get that Spies rep next year! ;)

  • Hiwatt Scott

    Spies may be hotter right now, but Rossi is the world’s greatest living motorcycle racer, and possibly the greatest ever. That isn’t gonna change anytime soon, methinks. That’s what drives the sales of LE bikes more than who’s hot right now.

  • pepi

    first: Spies must win an WSBK before any replica.

    2cond: honda bored the hell out with theirs ultra boring CBR1000 repsol replicas, so WELCOME TO THIS ROSSI REPLICA!!!!

  • Michael


    But Hayden didn’t even win one for Ducati and he got a replica :) (just kidding)

    I’m sure their will be a Spies replica coming sooner than most of us think. But talking about Yamaha paint jobs, I prefer they use the yellow and black with white trimmings they used in their vintage race bikes (or like the M1 2005 Laguna Seca version).

  • JonJon

    I, for one, am glad they did not do a Spies replica. If they had, I’d have to sneak off and buy one and my wife would be pissed!

  • JPC

    A Spies replica would definitely be a cool idea, but it shouldn’t cost much more ($500-600 maybe?) than a stock R1, and should be widely obtainable by the American public. After all, Spies is American right?

    I feel like Yamaha should’ve released a “more exclusive” Rossi replica as well, but with some tasty bits included which would justify the more hefty price tag: Full Ohlins suspension, Brembo Monoblocs and Termignoni GP Exhaust come to mind…

  • g.ROMAY

    replicas are tacky and ricer.

  • g.ROMAY

    Oh, and Spies bike is the opposite, the race bike is a replica of the street bike, thats the point in sbk, their suppose to be reminiscent of the street bikes, thats why their painted the same way, in other words its painted the same way as the blue r1 anybody can buy over here. So asking for a Spies replicas is not only the dumbest thing ever but also very ignorant of your part, its oxymoronic!

  • http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/ Mikie

    Nice paint.

  • Telekom

    A bike which advertises a poor-quality Italian car company? Oh dear. It’s not Rossi’s fault the team sponsor are the most uncool eurotrash car makers. But they shouldn’t kid themselves that anybody will want to ride around on something like this…