Vintage Racing Liveries Look Good on the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

Now, this is an idea the house of Iwata could really pick up and transform into really cool, pure limited edition gold: special liveries for the all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 superbikes, evoking the glory of the past and two of the biggest names in the brand’s history, Kenny Roberts and Giacomo Agostini.
Vintage YZF-R1 Kenny Roberts livery 3 photos
Vintage YZF-R1 Kenny Roberts liveryVintage YZF-R1 Giacomo Agostini livery
While Oberdan Bezzi has gotten us used to renderings which depict various degrees of engineering changes made to existing motorcycles, the two bikes after the jump are basic color manipulation… and this makes them projects which are feasible. All it takes is Yamaha top brass making a bold decision to reach an agreement with the two legends and deliver these interesting options.

Yellow and the black “speed blocks” are the unmistakable sigil of road racing performance

If anything, the yellow-black-white livery with the three “speed blocks” in their various shapes represent one of the most iconic designs which speak about Yamaha’s racing heritage and success. Made famous by Kenny Roberts (Sr.) in the ‘70s, the yellow Yamaha livery has become a synonym of high-performance in the two-wheeled world and lucky customers have been able to claw such bikes in the past years.

As for the second color scheme Oberdan Bezzi proposes, it brings homage to the 1975 YZR500 two-stroke machine the amazing Giacomo Agostini rode to victory in the 500cc GP season, the second year after he left MV Agusta and started racing for the house of Iwata.

The only thing about such elegant color schemes is that they evoke bikes from the past, from a period the young demographic who would normally buy a 2015 YZF-R1 might know nothing about. But with someone who would tell the beautiful story the right way and Yamaha choosing a smart marketing strategy, such bikes could definitely turn into inspiring machines for the next road racing stars…


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