Yamaha R1 Review
The updated version of Yamaha R1 is now approxmately eight kilograms lighter than the previous version, and generates more power. 2015 R1 has upgraded the TFT dashboard screen, sensitive traction control, complete throttle launch control, Anti Lock Braking System, four stage lift control and quick shift system.
To improve the performance the cowls are perfectly manufactured for central air intake, and the headlamp is tilted downward to make it more aerodynamic. Also, high screening is done so that the airflow can be maximized. The newly crafted fuel tank is specially built using three layers of aluminium to make the body more lighter. The front suspension forks are fitted a bit inside, but finished in a galvanized gold colour, which provide it an elite feel.
The digital meter is attached above the clipon handle which involve speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge, current gear, total distance travelled, high beam indicator, engine temperature and some other technical points. The overall dimension of bike measures 2,055 mm X 690 mm X 1,150 mm (L X W X H), and minimal ground clearance of 130 mm.
Engine, Economy & Performance
The latest version of R1 has 998cc four-valve engine that produces the mindblowing speed of 200PS making it one of the most powerful bikes in the world. Also, from the M1-derived crossplane technology that Yamaha R1 has derived, this superbike has pushed out the peak torque of 112.4 nm.
The power mill is capable enough to hit the top speed of 239 kmph, and needs just 2.35 seconds to reach from naught to 100 kmph, which makes this superbike lightning fast. The powertrain is mated with six-speed, constant mesh gear box.
The handling of Yamaha R1 is extremely smooth due to its light weight and aerodynamically-built body. The frame of this bike is made up of aluminium delta box to provide strength to the bike. Telescopic front forks suspension is included at the front and swingarm (Link type suspension) is fitted at the rear profile which results in its exceptional handling. To provide nice grip to the rider, it has tyre size of 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) at the front and 190/55ZR17M/C at the rear, which results in improving the grip of the bike.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The new R1 is integrated with a 320 mm hydraulic dual disc brake in front, and 220 mm hydraulic disc in the rear profile. The entire brake system integrated in R1 is capable enough in providing confidence to the rider to ride on a high speed. These brakes work exceptionally superb at the time of harsh or sudden braking.
After having such superlative features and advancements, which has also made R1 a little more expensive than its previous version, this bike can well-compete against Aprilia RSV4. The last few years have not been really easy for Yamaha due to recession, so this unique bike also raises an expectation that it will bring back and regain Yamaha's off-track market position again.