The 2015 Yamaha R1 is a bike designed from scratch to reinvigorate the flagging supersport market by offering an experience as close as possible to the MotoGP YZR-M1.
The four-cylinder crossplane engine makes 200bhp@13,500rpm and 83lb-ft@10,000rpm (before taking into account ram-air) in an incredibly light 199kg wet weight. Advanced computer control makes this exciting power-to-weight ratio all the more accessible, with a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) offering ‘3D controllability’ in the form of banking sensitive traction control, slide control, front lift control, launch control, ABS and a linked brake system. A slipper clutch and quick-shifter are also standard.
The new engine features titanium fracture-split con rods that are 40% lighter than steel, and forged aluminium pistons, helping to make the engine more responsive. More weight saving is seen in the titanium 4-2-1 exhaust system, aluminium Deltabo