Yamaha YZR-R1, popularly known as the R1, is Yamaha’s flagship sportsbike. Last year, at the 2014 Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA), Yamaha launched the 2015 R1 and R1M. Both these motorcycles have now been launched in India.
2015 Yamaha R1 price in India starts from Rs 22.34 lakhs, while the R1M is priced from Rs 29.43 lakhs, both prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi. Built on a new aluminium frame, which Yamaha refers to as ‘Deltabox’, both these Yamaha’s come with a completely new 998 cc liquid cooled 4 cylinder engine, and mated to a new 6 speed slipper clutch transmission, which delivers 200 PS @ 13,500 rpm and 112.4 Nm torque at 11,500 rpm. Yes, power output is same for both these sportsbikes. So why the difference in price?
Well, compared to the R1, R1M is a track focused machine. Which means, it is more agile and responsive than regular R1. R1M also has carbon fibre fairings, which would also imply that it is the lighter of the two. Sadly, that is not the case. Yes, R1 is lighter than R1M by 1 kg (R1 weighs 199 kg). Yamaha’s excuse for this is added electronics on board R1M.
Moving on to dimensions, both R1 and R1M feature same length, width, height and wheelbase – 2055 mm, 690 mm, 1150 mm, and 1405 mm respectively. The only difference (which you will not notice if you don’t ride the two) between the two is the ride height. In order to offer better orientation on the track, Yamaha has raised the saddle height of R1M by 5 mm to 860 mm.
Even the braking system is same. Front tyre gets 320 mm dual discs, while rear gets 220 mm single disc. ABS comes as standard. Front tyre size is 120/70/17 for both, rear for R1 is 190/55/17, while that of R1M is 200/55/17.
Electronic features include – banking sensitive traction control, slide control, quickshifter, launch control, anti-wheelie control, unified braking system, lift control system, chip controlled throttle, and power delivery mode.
Below is a brief on technologies on board the two new Yamaha’s.
Here in India, the new Yamaha R1 twins rival the likes of Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ducati Panigale 1299. Below is a brief tech spec comparo of the three.