Japanese bike manufacturer, Yamaha, seemed to be losing the race as its competitors had already introduced bikes carrying latest technologies. The all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 returned with a bang by being the most technologically advanced street-bike every motorcycle enthusiast would wish to own. With the launch of this superbike, Yamaha is again back in game and made its competitors realize that it is a brand with class-leading technologies.
The superbike is powered by a 998cc, inline 4-cylinder DOHC 16 valves engine. The powerful engine delivers a high 197 horsepower and 83 lb feet of torque. The engine is matched with a 6-speed transmission gearbox and is capable of achieving a top speed of 185 mph with an additional 18 bhp.
2015 YZF-R1M bikes are designed to perform equally good on racing tracks and street roads, the ABS system of the bike links front and rear discs. The new R1 is indeed a Moto GP inspired product and features an outstanding, first ever, six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit on a street going bike.
The bike also offers several advanced electronic packages including Power Delivery Mode and Launch Control, Traction Control and Quick Shift Systems which are adjustable and can be set as per rider’s need. All the electronic features could be used through a bright and clear LCD which is installed right in front that assists the rider to monitor the on-road performance of bike and enjoy a smooth ride.
New Yamaha YZF-R1M comes with an Aluminum Deltabox frame along with a magnesium sub-frame which makes it lighter than the older R1 and results in a compact chassis design. The new superbike has a 10mm shorter wheelbase than the previous model and carries a 4.5 gallon fuel tank which is lighter than a normal steel tank. All the new features make it look stylish but one could get it customized to make it look more stylish.
The bike comes in two versions, R1 which is a standard bike and R1M which is a bit more equipped and upgraded version. The R1M, a more high tech model, features an Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) which enables the rider to experience an extraordinary, comfortable and intelligent ride. With a light weight carbon-body framework the R1M delivers an unchanged 197 horsepower and performs almost the same as the standard version but does perform better on a racing track.
The basic version, R1 would cost you around $16490 and R1M is priced at $21990 on Yamaha’s official site.