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Old 11-23-2015, 06:18 AM   #1
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Here Are the 2016 Yamaha Models You Can Get in 60th Anniversary Graphics

Anniversaries are nothing to get all that excited over, unless of course you're a manufacturer with a history and track record as impressive as Yamaha, and in that case, anniversaries are actually kind of a big deal.

Yamaha knows that the big ones deserve to be properly celebrated, too, which is why for the remainder of 2015 and start of 2016, the manufacturer will be offering a total of eight on and off-road models in its 60th Anniversary yellow-and-black "speed block" graphics. Originally dreamed up by hot-rod and custom bike painter Rollin "Molly" Sanders, this is the same basic graphic that was made famous by Yamaha's US racing department in the '70s and '80s, used on various production models in the following years, and then used to celebrate Yamaha's 50th anniversary, too.

Just four of Yamaha's 60th Anniversary models technically fall in the sportbike(ish) category, but if you're in the market for either a new R1, R6, XSR900, or Super Ténéré, and would prefer a little history strewn across their fairings, then you're in luck, with each of those four models being offered up in the now-famous paint scheme. With just a slightly higher MSRP, of course.

Like anniversaries, the flashier paint and small bump in price may not be for everyone, but ultimately we'll let you be the judge on whether or not Yamaha's 60th Anniversary celebration was a success. To do that, scroll down and take a closer look at the various 60th Anniversary models, plus check out what those bikes will cost in comparison to their less-equipped counterparts. And then let us know, would you opt for one of these bikes over the ones with standard graphics?

1) 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1
MSRP for the 2016 R1 in its 60th Anniversary Yellow paint is $16,990, versus $16,490 for the Matte Gray and Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver color options. Availability is February 2016.

2) 2016 Yamaha YZF-R6
Yamaha's 60th Anniversary R6 will cost $11,490, while the Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver paint model will cost $11,190, and the Matte Gray model $10,990. Availability is October 2015.

3) 2016 Yamaha XSR900
MSRP will be announced in February, Yamaha says. Bike availability is May 2016.

4) 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré
MSRP for the 60th Anniversary Super Ténéré is $15,590, while the Raven Super Ténéré will sell for $15,090. Availability is November 2015.

If you still can't decide if you like the 60th Anniversary paint, then Yamaha's got a bunch more photos of the 2016 bikes that should help. You can check them out below:

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