With an all-new YZF-R1 that debuted last year, Yamaha announced that Japan was headed back to the top of the Superbike class. And they promptly won the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. For 2016, there’s a new lower-priced and lower-spec version, for those of us who stick to the street. The 998cc, four-cylinder R1S costs $14,990, which is $1,500 less than the standard model. The lower price means a little more weight, thanks to heavier metals used for the wheels, connecting rods, header pipes, and engine covers. Also, there’s no quick-shifter. But the S model has nearly the same advanced electronic rider aid package. For all but the most discerning street riders, the R1S offers virtually the same performance as the slightly lighter R1. And it won’t lighten your wallet as much.
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