The Yamaha YZF - R1 is one iconic motorcycle, designed and created solely to be Yamaha's answer to its Japanese counterparts in their famous off the record rivalry to show their motorcycle technological and design prowess. For years Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki have been in a battle to make faster and better motorcycles than their other Japanese counterparts.
The world had been waiting since a long time to see Yamaha upgrade its litre -class fighter to take on the European rivals that have taken the crown from it and its fellow Japanese companies. Eventually, at EICMA 2014 the all new Yamaha YZF - R1 finally arrived and arrived with it, the Yamaha YZF - R1M, the track only fire breathing technological monster sibling of the road legal 2015 R1.
At the core of the new R1 is a new crossplane motor, now dubbed the CP4 engine, which is producing 200hp without ram-air. The engine features titanium fracture-split con-rods, 10.5 liter airbox, titanium exhaust, and a slipper clutch to boot. For the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 though, the story is really all about the electronics. Packed with zeros and ones, the new Yamaha YZF-R1 features traction control, slide control, launch control, wheel-lift control, and anti-locking brakes. Priced at $16,490 in the United States, the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 comes in Yamaha Blue/White, Raven Black, and Red/White color schemes. For anyone who has been up-close with the Yamaha YZR-M1, Yamaha’s MotoGP bike, then there are obvious design cues that you can see carried over to the new street bike.
Now Yamaha has officially announced the UK prices for its flagship litre-class motorcycle, the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M. Unveiled at this year’s EICMA motor show in Milan, the new YZF-R1 has been priced at 18,495 euro in Europe which, after the currency conversion, works out to about Rs 14.11 lakh. The track-spec YZF-R1M on the other hand has been priced at 22,995 euro, which comes up to about Rs Rs 17.51 lakh in Indian currency. The prices would rise further in India after the addition of import taxes.
The motor produces 200PS of power. The YZF-R1M, which is a track only variant of the YZF-R1, gets the same engine but with a list of sophisticated equipments including Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), carbon bodywork, a Communication Control Unit (CCU) and high-specification Bridgestone tyres. The YZF-R1M will be a limited production motorcycle and only 500 examples of the same would be made.