New bikes with old colors

If you're a fan of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, Yamaha needs no further introduction.

The Iwata-based motorcycle manufacturer has already garnered numerous constructor's titles, as well as 17 rider's championships since Yamaha debuted in GP racing in 1961. That's exactly 60 years.

To commemorate this milestone, Yamaha has unveiled their 60th Anniversary Edition livery for their superbike lineup, headlined by the R1.

These special edition motorcycles are mostly inspired by Johnny Cecotto's 1978 winning bike that features Yamaha's "speed block" racing colors in red and white, with a yellow stripe prominently positioned on the bike's nose. Bronze cast wheels complete the package, this touch also an homage to Yamaha's rich racing history.

These are all limited editions and will only be available this 2021, the 60th anniversary. The 60th Anniversary R3 will retail at US$ 4,599 (approximately PHP 230,000); while the 60th Anniversary edition R7 will retail at US$ 9,299 (about PHP 465,000). 

Yamaha's flagship motorcycle, the YZF-R1 60th Anniversary edition, will be available with a US$ 18,099 price tag (roughly PHP 904,000). Please take note though that prices above are for the US market. We've yet to find out if these limited edition models will be offered in the Philippines.