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.
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.
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.
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.
IWATA, November 4, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced today the planned release of two new supersport flagship models, the Yamaha YZF-R1 and its high-end counterpart YZF-R1M, first in Europe in early March 2015 and then in North America. Both models feature an entirely new 998cm3 liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine with crossplane crankshaft.
The all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M are based on Yamaha’s “High Tech Armed Pure Sport” concept of an all-out supersport model fully armed with advanced technology. Designed to be the fastest machines on the circuit, they allow riders to experience firsthand the technical philosophy behind Yamaha’s MotoGP racing machine, the YZR-M1. Along with an impressive 200hp, these are the world’s first two commercial motorcycles with a 6-axis position sensor that detects 3-axis angular velocity and 3-axis acceleration. Coupled with advanced control technology, Yamaha’s sophisticated sensor provides high-dimension handling and performance, allowing the rider to devote more attention to pure riding.
Incorporating hot features from the YZR-M1 MotoGP machine, the design is an entirely new R-DNA based on Yamaha’s “Speed Racer” concept, which combines a small silhouette, rider-machine unity and headlight-less front face. The high-end YZF-R1M also boasts an electronically controlled suspension, lightweight carbon fairing and a digital interface that records valuable racing information.
The European market for 1,000cc supersport models has grown considerably, led by users who are passionate about riding their machines on racing circuits. Loaded with signature technologies from Yamaha Motor, the Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M will appeal not only to developed markets, but also to emerging markets and beyond where they are expected to help drive the Yamaha global brand.
Yamaha Motor will exhibit the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, Italy on November 4.