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The EICMA show always been one of the most popular platform to welcome new and exciting bikes. This year is no different and the lineup of the latest machinery from various manufacturers all over the world is spearheaded by the all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1, which will roll into dealerships across Europe in March next year followed by North America.

Like all of its predecessors, the long-awaited new-generation R1 is designed with advanced technology carried over from the MotoGP machine YZR-M1 to attack the circuit. The 998 cc inline-four crossplane engine has been designed from the bottom-up and features longer bore and stroke as well as a fracture-split titanium connecting rod to reduce both weight and loss of power. The engine packs 197 hp at 13,500 rpm and 112.4 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm.

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The drivetrain is hooked to a six-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that incorporates gyro sensors to calculate data based on the vehicle movement. The data is then sent to the ECU, where five types of control systems – traction, slide, lift, launch and quick shit – are programmed.

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Encapsulating the new drivetrain is a new aluminium Deltabox frame and a magnesium rear frame. Unlike the previous R1 that came with distinctive headlight design, the new model looks more like a MotoGP race machine thanks to its well concealed headlights. Keeping true to its weight reduction regime, the R1 wears lightweight carbon fairing and rides on cast aluminium wheels. It is fitted with KYB suspension at both ends.

As an icing on the cake, Yamaha is also offering a more potent version of the R1 called the YZF-R1M. Limited to only 500 units, the R1M features the same crossplane engine with the same amount of output. Instead of the standard KYB suspension system, the R1M rides on electronically-controlled suspension system by Ohlins.

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It is fitted with a CCU (Communication Control Unit) that works with a GPS antenna to enable recording of the riding telemetry as well as uploading ride settings to the bike. Like the standard R1, the R1M gets a 4.2-inch TFT LCD screen that displays vehicle information such as tachometer, accelerometer and brake pressure. The screen offers two different display modes; Street and Track.


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