The new Yamaha R1 will be tested in the next few days by the World’s press. Easter Creek in Sydney, Australia, will be where journalists from across the globe (including our own Tony Carter) get to review the awesome new bike. They’ll also be getting to ride the new Yamaha XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer while they’re out there – the restyled, big-capacity muscle-bike.

Yamaha has released two new videos of the bike:


The 2015 Yamaha R1 is a bike designed from scratch to reinvigorate the flagging supersport market by – the Japanese company says – 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 Deltabox frame, magnesium sub-frame and cast magnesium wheels.

The bike carrries a heavily sculpted 17litre tank, full LED lights, and dual 320mm disks with new monoblock radial callipers.



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