MotoGP Inspired 2015 Yamaha R1
After a long and anxious wait, Yamaha has finally rolled out a new from the ground up R1, and it looks to be a winner. Utilizing technology developed in MotoGP, the new R1 brings a host of technology from the track to the street.
Some of the highlights of the new R1
- New lighter and more compact 998cc crossplane-concept engine with titanium connecting rods
- A six-axis inertial measuring unit (pitch, roll, yaw, and 3-dimensional accelerometer) which is able to precisely located the vehicle’s position in space. In tandem with the ECU, this allows power to be better tailored to current needs
- Traction control, slide control, anti-wheelie control (hope you can turn this one off), launch control, and a quick-shifter
- Titanium exhaust system and muffler to aid in mass centralization and weight reduction
- Slipper clutch to help reduce rear wheel hop during downshifts
- An aluminum 4.5 gallon fuel tank
- ABS incorporated with a unified braking system
- 10-spoke cast magnesium rims
- An LCD meter system that can be switched between street and race mode, with each mode displaying the most critical information for each type of riding
- LED headlight and LED front turn signals
- Too many other items to list here
In addition to the more streetable R1, Yamaha is also releasing a much more track focused model, the R1M. Built on the R1 foundation, the new R1M includes some additional upgrades
- 43mm Ohlins front forks with compression and rebound that can be controlled by the R1M’s ECU based on feedback from the Yamaha’s multiple sensors
- Clear-coated aluminum fuel tank
- The Yamaha-exclusive Communication Control Unit which allows riders to communicate with the vehicle via Wi-Fi through Yamaha’s exclusive Y-TRAC smartphone and tablet app
Both new models will be available in late February, 2015.
- R1 – MSRP $16,490*
- R1M – MSRP $21,990*
The new R1 is going to be a winner both on the track and on the street.
* MSRP does not include tax, title, license, transportation, and assembly