2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 specs, features, photos revealed

Yamaha has presented both standard R1 and limited-edition R1M, which will start finding their matches early next year. 2015 R1 has taken a large number of technologies and features from the Yamaha MotoGP team. Upgrades are in the form of new chassis with shorter wheelbase and swing arm, re-engineered engine with more horses and sooner torque, and updated electronics package with improved traction management systems.

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New Yamaha YZF-R1 unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy.

2015 Yamaha R1 is made on left-right asymmetric Deltabox frame that uses a magnesium subframe for better weight economy. The swing arm is shortened by 15mm, wheelbase is trimmed by 10mm, and axle is made larger by 3mm, to augment front-end feel. Rake and trail are same as earlier model, at 24 degrees and 102mm respectively. Fork offset is also preserved.

The super bike is claimed to have lost 7.25 kg (16 pounds), weighing just 198.6 kg (438 pounds) with tank full of fuel. The 17-liter aluminum fuel tank is close to 2 kg lighter (around 4 pounds), which is reshaped for more ergonomically rider interface. Wheels are 10-spoke cast magnesium units which together save under half a kg (about a pound).

New R1’s 998cc crossplane-crank engine has larger bore of 79 mm (previously 78mm) and shorter stroke of 50.9mm (previously 52.2mm). It also has larger intake and exhaust valves measuring 33mm and 26.5mm respectively. Along with other tweaks, 2015 R1 is claimed to produce 200 hp max power.

Some of 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1‘s standard electronic functions include Front Lift Control system (LIF), Launch Control System (LQS), rear wheel Slide Control System (SCS), Traction Control System (TCS), Quick Shift System (QSS), and Yamaha Ride Control system (YRC).