Yamaha is all set to fire cannons in the world of superbikes with the launch of 2015 Yamaha YRZ R1 and R1M in the month of march next year. Yamaha India has already confirmed that the booking for new bike will start from march and delivery expected to be in May next year. Talking about price, the company has already disclosed price in the UK market. New Yamaha R1 will cost around 15 lakh and R1M at a price tag of 18.5 lakh. The 2015 Yamaha R1 and R1M made their debut at the 2014 EICMA motorcycle show in November held in Milan, Italy with MotoGP gods Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to pull the cover over new superbike. MotoGP has been a big inspiration for the design of the 2015 R1 and the superbike comes with an aerodynamic shape.
The 2015 R1 sticks with the inline 4-cylinder using four valve per cylinder, 998cc engine of its predecessors, but 19PS more powerful than before and likewise uses the crossplane crankshaft from the last generation R1 that puts out approximately 200 hp at 13500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 10000 rpm at the crankshaft. The new mill has been equipped with titanium fracture-split con rods, connecting rods are titanium ,a 10.5-litre airbox, two-directional fuel injectors and a slipper clutch which assures a perfect circle. The company has reshaped the engine head with ports and larger valves with compression ratio of 13:1. Yamaha has put a lot of effort in reducing the weight with heavy work of aluminium on chassis similar to the previous model of R1 though delta box frame is new and the wheels are cast magnesium, which saves approx 1 kilo between two of them and now it weigh 199 kg.
R1 will ride on KYB fully-adjustable suspension front and rear. Yamaha has also used light weight LEDs instead of conventional headlamps and a titanium exhaust. Talking of electronics in the bike where MotoGP inpiration comes, it includes a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that uses gyros and accelerometers to measure pitch, roll, yaw, and acceleration from front to back, left to right and up to down, lean-sensitive traction control, slide control, ABS and unified braking plus various power modes. Sounds amazing! The new TFT dash features all the modes to access required for rider. It will be interesting to see this superbike hitting roads next year.