When the Yamaha YZF-R1 was introduced in 1998, it was called a “game-changer.” The title “R1” entered the motorcycle lexicon and became synonymous with the pinnacle of Superbike performance and racing success.
During year 2015, Yamaha introduces two all-new R1 models that bring promises to make as big of an impact in sportbike and road racing circles as the original R1 did nearly almost two decades ago. The 2015 R1 and limited-edition R1M are both highly advanced, distinctive, and paradigm-shifting motorcycles.
2015 YZF-R1: THE SUPREME EXPRESSION OF “SUPERBIKE”
The all-new 2015 R1 was conceived, designed, and built to showcase Yamaha’s superior engineering and performance prowess, and the advanced features of the bike are destined to make it not only a success on the racetrack, but also a superior performer on the street.
A NEW DIMENSION IN CONTROLLABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
Featuring the first six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) ever featured on a street-going motorcycle, the 2015 R1 represents the dawn of a new digital era where all riders can experience total 3D controllability.
Fully equipped with banking-sensitive Traction Control, as well as Slide Control, Anti-Wheelie Control, Quickshifter, Launch Control, ABS, a Unified Braking System, and much more, the all-new R1 gives street riders, track day participants, and full-on racers an unmatched and unprecedented level of rider-adaptive performance. For the first time, all riders have the opportunity to experience MotoGP-winning YZR-M1 technology previously only available to Yamaha Factory Riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
ENGINE DESIGNED TO FULLY FUEL YOUR SUPERBIKE PASSION
The 2015 model features a completely new, lightweight and compact, crossplane-concept, inline-four-cylinder, 998cc engine that delivers high horsepower and a strong pulse of linear torque for outstanding performance.
The bike has twin injectors fueling each cylinder. A bi-directional spray in the lower injectors directs fuel toward the back of the intake valves to maximize the number of droplets that go directly into the combustion chamber and, at high RPMs, the secondary injectors add a boost in fuel delivery.
Other than the many innovative, new breakthrough features on the R1 engine are titanium fracture-split connecting rods, which are an industry first for a production motorcycle. The special titanium alloy used to manufacture the new con rods is around 60% lighter than steel, and this major reduction in weight gives the new R1 engine an extremely responsive and potent character at high rpm.
It’s not connecting rod only are made of titanium, the 2015 R1 is equipped with a newly designed exhaust system manufactured mainly from titanium. Plus, a compact, midship muffler contributes towards the mass centralization that is a key feature on the R1.
A CHASSIS AND BODYWORK SHARPLY FOCUSED ON WINNING
The brand-new Deltabox aluminum frame was designed and developed for the 2015 R1. The engine is incorporated as a fully stressed member and is mounted rigidly to the frame at four points. Also, an upward-truss-type aluminum swingarm create an immensely strong and lightweight structure.
The new short-wheelbase chassis benefits from weight-reducing features such as a magnesium subframe and–another first on a production motorcycle–magnesium wheels. Also, an aluminum fuel tank is 3.5 pounds lighter than if it were made from steel.
The M1-inspired fairing on the new R1 is equipped with LED headlights and position lights, which not only provide weight savings but also deliver high luminosity and style. Two small-diameter LED headlights are positioned on either side of the central air intake and, because of their compact design, they appear to be virtually hidden in the new fairing.
In addition, twin-LED linear position lights located within the front fairing give the R1 a truly unique frontal expression. And, for added style, when the ignition is turned off, the LED position lights gradually lose their luminosity as if the bike is gently going to sleep.
The all-new 2015 YZF-R1 will be available in three distinctive color options–Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, Rapid Red/Pearl White, and Raven–and will retail for $16,490 (RM54705.57) US market, with bikes available in dealerships beginning in late February 2015.
2015 YZF-R1M: THE CLOSEST YOU CAN GET TO A PRODUCTION YZR-M1
From the beginning, Yamaha has always faithfully adhered to the mantra, “We Race. You Win. ” And the YZF-R1M is arguably the truest and most direct representation of that perception. As much as the 2015 R1 bristles using performance, style, and race-bred material, the R1M actually kicks things up an additional notch, giving you a production Superbike that’s as close as possible get to a street-legal M1 MotoGP cycle, effectively blurring the line involving the two.
Your R1M glass display cases one more range of remarkably innovative components–including Öhlins Digital Rushing Suspension (ERS), as well as fiber bodywork (upper fairing, facet fairings, as well as front fender), and also a Verbal exchanges Command System (CCU) using GPS that allows the actual driver to seize journey facts (including GPS tracking) after which obtain it through Wi-fi for the Yamaha Y-trac smartphone as well as tablet request. Once the facts can be down loaded, the actual driver can easily review it overlaid with the trail road, help to make environment changes, as well as add people changes to the actual R1M.
Your R1M’s particularly created wheels tend to be the effect of the combined relationship in between Yamaha as well as Bridgestone. Your 200/55-ZR17 rear wheel as well as 120/70-ZR17 front wheel work with a exclusive substance developed to boost the actual functionality characteristics on the R1 and permit the actual driver to see spectacular numbers of grip using extreme slim perspectives.
Extra R1M functions add a clear-coated metal gasoline fish tank, a very refined metal swingarm, gold-colored front radial-mount calipers, particularly done silver internal pipes about the 43mm Öhlins front forks, and also a exclusive R1M banner about the airbox deal with.
Soon after driving this particular Superbike arrive at the actual Mth degree, four-time AMA Seasoned Superbike Winner Josh Hayes stated, “If you’ve previously ridden the R1–or almost any literbike to the matter–chances tend to be, you’ve received the magic formula wish to golf swing the knee over a full-on, race-ready Superbike. Effectively, with the R1M, you will.
“The R1M is as close to race-ready as I’ve ever seen in a production bike. It’s so far ahead of the competition that it’s tough to even make comparisons. It’s really in a league of its own, and I can’t wait to race it next year in the new MotoAmerica series.”
Since the R1M is intended for professional racers and highly experienced riders who demand the ultimate in track performance, less than 500 of the limited-edition model will be available in the U.S. beginning in late February 2015. Offered in a first-of-its-kind Carbon Fiber/Liquid Metal color scheme, the R1M will carry a suggested retail price of $21,990.
For more information on all Yamaha models–including features, specifications, photos, and videos–please visit www.yamahamotorsports.com.