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

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Raven

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Raven

  • 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

Carbon Fiber and Liquid Metal

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M

  • 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