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Will the new Yamaha R1 be available in 2023?

The recently updated list of FIM approved competition vehicles shows only new tracks Yamaha YZF-R1 We are on the road to the 2023 model. And if this is true, you can also expect a significantly updated Street Legal 2023R1.

The Fédération Internationale de Motorcyclism maintains a spreadsheet titled “FIM Certified Competition Vehicles” that includes approved race-only models. This list mainly consists of motocross, enduro, trials, cross-country racing motorcycles, ATVs and side-by-side. This document contains some track-only sport bikes. Honda NSF100 and NSF250R,and Yamaha R6 race not homologated It will continue to be available even after the street legal model is discontinued.

The latest version of the FIM spreadsheet has added another model that caught our attention. It’s the new Yamaha YZF1000W for 2023. For those unfamiliar, the YZF1000 is Yamaha’s internal name for the YZF-R1, and the up-spec YZF-R1M is known as the YZF1000D. The spreadsheet was updated on June 15th, stating that Yamaha submitted its 2023 registration on June 9th.

Most of Yamaha’s competition models are dirt bikes, ATVs and side-by-side, but the two road race models at the top, including the new YZF1000W, got a lot of attention.

Note in the above excerpt that the YZF1000W follows the YZF600W. Its model code refers to the YZF-R6 race. The street legal R6 has adopted the code YZF600. This suggests that the “W” represents a track-only variant. Therefore, it can be inferred that the YZF1000W is a racing-only R1.

More information on the YZF1000W can be found in the same spreadsheet. According to the section highlighted below, the YZF1000W is a road race motorcycle with a 998cc exhaust 4-cylinder 4-stroke engine and also describes the Street Legal R1 engine.

The frame marking code provides more details. According to the spreadsheet, the YZF1000W has a “JYACN07C” frame marking (basically a vehicle identification number, or VIN) code. You can apply Yamaha’s typical VIN decoding pattern to make some inferences.

The first three VIN characters “JYA” are very simple. This is the standardized World Manufacturer Identifier for Yamaha vehicles produced in Japan. All Yamaha motorcycles from Japanese factories have a VIN that starts with “JYA”. The fourth VIN position is defined in Table 1 on the right. Yamaha bikes other than the Street Legal R1 and other V-twin have an “R” in this location.

The “C” is not defined in the VIN decoder, but all motorcycles in the FIM spreadsheet, including the YZF1000W, YZF600W, and all dirt bikes, have a “C” in this location. This suggests that the “C” in the fourth position of Yamaha VIN indicates a competition-only model.

The “N” in the “JYACN07C” is in line with the VIN decoder that defines the 998cc engine. The 6th and 7th characters are used to represent the model ID. The YZF1000W is model “07”, but the model ID of Street Legal 2021 YZF-R1 is “66” as explained in the VIN decoder above. The last letter “C” is in the position used to indicate the destination market. The VIN decoder is only for North American models, so I don’t know what the “C” means, except that it’s outside this continent.

In summary, the evidence suggests that the truck-only Yamaha R1 is heading towards 2023. But what about the street legal model? The FIM spreadsheet contains only truck-only models, not street-certified models, so the documentation alone is not definitive.

That said, R1 will be updated. The current generation R1 was introduced in the 2015 model and was updated in 2020 to meet Euro 5 standards. By 2023, the existing R1 will be eight years old. It makes sense that the new truck-only R1 comes with a full-production street legal model. And if you have the new 2023 YZF-R1, it’s likely that you also have the new 2023 YZF-R1M.

If Yamaha announces the new R1, it is unlikely that it will be announced at either Intermot or EICMA until fall.


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