Optical illusion makes 2011 Yamaha R1 Roberts replica good-looking

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Double-dip recession got you down? Growing tired of new color schemes in place of new models? The 2011 Yamaha R1 Roberts Replica is here to fix that. Sure, it’s just a pretty face, but it’s a pretty face on a previously ungainly superbike. These colors even make those bug-eyed headlights/intakes look good, a feat of graphic redirection previously thought impossible.

Update: Another high-res pic from Yamaha and part numbers.

The Roberts rep isn’t a standalone paint scheme on showroom-available bikes, instead it’s a project from Yamaha’s parts department. Unfortunately, that means that getting a King Kenny special is going to cost a distinctly recession-unfriendly two large. You see, it’s a whole new set of bodywork. Neither does that kit include anything aside from fuel tank, fenders, and fairings; there’s no mechanical upgrades. The good new is that, since the model’s not been updated this year, the kit will fit any 2009-2011 R1.

Yamaha says: You can completely transform your modern-day YZF-R1 to give it the look of the classic vintage yellow and black Yamaha Racing motif that was so popular years ago. This unique kit is available exclusively through Yamaha Parts & Accessories. Kit includes all bodywork needed to make the conversion; fenders, fuel tank, and fairings. Kit will transform any 2009~2011 YZF-R1 regardless of original color. Fits ’09~’11 R1.

Body Conversion Kit Part Number: 14B-F15H0-V0-00

Yellow Seat Cover: 14B-F47F0-U0-00


  • -TB-

    No amount of paint can disguise the stock exhausts.

    • s0crates82

      that’s the weird bit. the pic in front of the warehouses has an aftermarket exhaust, but the one in the studio has the stock exhaust.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        The kit only includes the bodywork, but obviously through a few more accessories on it for a few of the shots.

  • John

    Wes, continuing to hone his sense of humor ;^)

  • Random

    Even my girlfriend would look good wearing those colors.

  • tarun

    Yamaha seems to have completely lost their way. Taking the 2008 R1 which was gorgeous and adding bug-eyes was ridiculous.

    Why can’t Japanese makers spend just a bit of time on styling?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Well, lost their design way anyways. Remember, this is still the only Big Four liter bike to mechanically differentiate itself within the class, which it does while still putting out 180bhp.


    More turd polishing then?

    Why not just make an ACTUAL edition like they did back in ’06 with the R1LE?

    Brembo monoblocks
    Full exhuast
    ECU and Map
    Works swing-arm
    lightweight forged pistions and crank
    Re-worked CAM’s
    Air filter

    Then………they can call in an ‘LE’ or replica whatever.

  • TeeJay

    “previously ungainly superbike”
    Disagree. Beauty is a relative concept – the plain black was a real heartbreaker – even I’m not in for sportsbikes.

  • TeeJay

    Could someone from US do me a favour?
    Try to access the Yamaha European site:
    I realised some months before that they put an IP filtering on the US site, I am curious, whether it works the other way around too.

    • PCPaul

      Works fine for me.

    • s0crates82

      Works fine. Now please get Yamaha to sell the MT-01 here in the US.

  • mchale2020

    I imagine Ben Spies feels alienated even more so now.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    At first I thought this was they were bringing back the LE. The replica is cool, but not awesome. And for 2k more? No way.

  • http://bigassmessage.com/39b51 vic

    i saw one a while ago.if you look at it from the front it looks like this fellow http://www.myptsmail.com/hotdog256/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/charles_manson.jpg

    still it’s little sister is so pretty you wanna kiss it .kind of a bait and switch,they lure you with the r6 and when you say moar pylons they ring out the ugly duckling