2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 — Game On

11/03/2014 @ 1:24 pm, by Jensen Beeler62 COMMENTS


As expected, and leaked earlier today, the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 has broken cover at the EICMA show in Milan.

An all new machine from Yamaha, the new YZF-R1 is a giant leap forward from Yamaha, with its eyes squarely on dominating the race track, throughout all racing leagues.

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.

The bike is aided by a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), which ties the systems together and allow the R1 to have a better understanding of how the bike is moving on the street and on the track.

Surprisingly, the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 has cast magnesium wheels, for less rotating mass. The rear subframe is also made out of magnesium for added weight reduction.

Added to the luxuries is a bright TFT display and LED headlights. Optionally available is the communication control unit (CCU), which allows a rider to download GPS data, and upload ride settings to the R1.

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.





























Technical Specifications of the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1:

Engine Type 998cc, liquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC 16 valves
Bore x Stroke 79.00 x 50.9mm
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension / Front 43mm KYB® inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Suspension / Rear KYB® Single shock w/piggyback reservoir, 4-way adjustable; 4.7- in travel
Brakes / Front Dual 320mm hydraulic disc; 4-piston caliper, UBS ABS
Brakes / Rear 220mm disc; UBS ABS
Tires / Front 120/70ZR17M/C
Tires / Rear 190/55ZR17M/C
L x W x H 80.9 x 27.2 x 45.3 in
Seat Height 33.7 in
Wheelbase 55.9 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°
Trail 4.0 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy** N/A
Wet Weight*** 439 lb/ CA model 441 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Source: Yamaha

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  • Sh1y0

    I’ll never be able to afford it, but that won’t stop me from salivating all over every one I see on the street from now on.

  • Tom

    What, no mention of the “M” model?

  • JCB

    front end is fugly but at that price I can fix that.

    Still love my PaniR even if it is twice the $

  • CLB

    I wouldn’t call the nose ugly on first glance, but yes, it’s different. Good to YAMMY for doing something different… I sure didn’t want another GSXR.

    Those lights will work just fine and it’s easy to cover them for track days… don’t call her ugly before you ride her… your opinion will probably change… :)

  • Jonathan

    First impressions are they did more things right than wrong. It’s definitely a huge improvement over the previous gen, which was a cow IMO. I was hoping for the rumored dual clutch, but the electronics package on this sounds amazing. I just didn’t expect to be able to more easily afford a RSV4.

    My local Aprilia dealer in Seattle is advertising the base RSV4 for $13k with a discount on the Factory version making it $17k.

    I guess now it’s time for a shootout. :)

  • sburns2421

    At that price it had better be unquestionably the best bike of the year.

  • Michael

    Oh cool look, a Honda CBR F4i !!
    Oh wait…why does the CBR F4i says Yamaha on it? Confused.

  • SBB

    Is an inverted swing-arm really that expensive that they had to drop it? :(

  • n/a

    Nicer than I expected.

    I may even be tempted to place an order on the non ‘m’ version(price purposes)…..

  • Agent55

    Bravo Yamaha, looks and reads like a serious player. Interesting styling, trying to make the headlamps “disappear” with an almost competition-like front fairing. Magnesium wheels stock is unreal.

    I think this represents liter bikes going forward with the new SBK rules: higher spec & MSRP to ensure it’ll compete within the almost super stock-like class structure.

  • Brandon

    Oh man, they killed it. Such a sexy bike… can’t wait to read about it. Queue the owners of current R1s starting to put theres up for sale… I’ve always wanted a cross plane.

  • Roadrash

    Well, I don’t have a lot of hope that Yam made a good bike that will compete for the street but this looks quite tasty. They are usually good race bike but not good street from what I have heard. Looks like an M-1 for the street but I don’t like side by side lights personally, I’d rather them over under, and they look quite small. At least they got the exhaust right, it should never be under the seat lol, not for a street bike. Electronics galore, is this just a selling ploy, I think so. Wouldn’t it be better if they offered all these electronics as add-ons for all companies? I don’t know, but it seems a bit much for the street. Maybe they will get Ben Spies back and win another title, or at least just get back in the WSBK series. Never the less, it’s got to be better than what they had, and looks awesome!

  • Mitch

    The mag wheels are cast, so forged aluminum wheels would probably still be better.

    Street riders will absolutely invent a mod to defeat the mandatory single headlamp and leave only the third eye LED strips active. Like, day 0 mod.

  • Roadrash

    I didn’t want my post to be negative as this bike looks so awesome but history has proven the R1 not to be a good street bike, so lets hope for the best. Perhaps that engineer that revamped the YZF450F got his grubby little fingers into this beast and made it awesome like he did with the 450.

  • Roadrash

    One person commented on a dual clutch, but this is not allowed in WSBK.

  • Mitch


    Rider aide electronics, besides ABS, are absolutely a waste for the street and balloon the MSRP, which the makers hate, but losing out on the ‘numbers’ and ‘armchair MotoGP champ’ lists can be costly. Honda’s 1000RR is beautifully balanced and rides like a dream but a lack of NASA level gizmos probably hurts sales numbers by quite a bit.

  • Superlight

    Let’s see… Front lights adventurous in concept but pretty ugly in execution. Fairing looks like it lost a few pieces in side view (particularly around the exhaust header) . The tail section is a Panigale design rip-off. Ugly “truck muffler”, but they are in good company in that regard. Priced like a Euro bike. I’ll take a Pani or RSV4, thank you.

  • Smoke

    This is trickle down that I approve of! Love it!

  • Roadrash

    @Mitch: Yes, I think that is what I said, perhaps not as well as you did, yes you are right. For that very reason I would buy the Honda at this time for the street, yes I agree very much so. It’s like wearing protection while having…well you know lol, just no feel.

  • sphere
  • Jonathan


    I mentioned the dual-clutch. It was rumored for the street version, not the R1M.

  • boilovepho

    This thing looks absolutely SICK!

  • Ken C.

    I think they missed the mark on the headlights. They’re the eyes of the bike, and right now, they look sad and low. It also makes the front fender look like it’s the mouth, and it’s vomiting tire.

    The tail is gorgeous though. Love the spoiler.

  • eg

    I stick with my pani thanks. that exhaust is hideous and played out: so played out! bike looks like a sports tourer

  • Jordan

    I like it.

    I’ve been getting kind of sick of the way headlights have been done of the past on previous generation sport bikes. The current R6 is about the best you could possibly hope for shaping headlights into something attractive, and moving past it, more bikes started getting more and more over done, like the Daytona, ZX-10/636, and the new S1000RR. Too bulbous and over done.

    The new R1 ditches it and makes a distinct connection with the M1. I really like that. Even if it isn’t a street legal MotoGP bike, it looks the part and instead of being influenced by trends stemming all the way back to the 90’s, now it takes its cues directly from the best road racing motorcycles in the world.

    I’m a little disappointed that it doesn’t use a counter-rotating crank or moved the balance shaft above the crank, like the 3 cylinder MV, I’m really impressed that it has the radial rocker arms like the BMW and the connecting rods are really neat. Hopefully, the electronics are really well sorted out. The previous NA R1 had a dreadful fueling problem and I’d like to see that done away with forever on this bike.

    Any bets on how much lighter a full Akra exhaust is on this, too?

  • BackSlash_cu

    Looks cool for me, but…
    The headlight!!! I didn’t like it (actually that was a main thing on the previous R1)
    and the exhaust, but this can be solved with a new Akrap. or Yoshi.


  • Tm1

    I would like to learn more about these rods and their durability. Ti rods are fantastic. How can they make these last!?

    If Yamaha can make Rossi younger, I guess they can make rods last forever.

    It’s like Christmas around here with all these new bikes!!!

  • H.L.

    Considering that previous R1’s were hideous IMHO, this is visually impressive. They nailed it with the GP M1 tank design. Sexy tail design is very important for a sportbike and even though it’s a Panigale rip off, it works. This is what kills me about the ZX10r tail…Not sexy.

    The all black scheme helps blend the lines of the questionable front design and headlights. How do you not put a full lower fairing covering the pipes with the YAMAHA lettering on it. Looks like the footpegs are not adjustable. I agree that the extra electronics should be optional for those who mostly street ride. That display must look really nice at night though.

    Why is it so hard for Suzuki to understand what visually sexy looks like. Bold and redesign is the theme for 2015 and 16 hopefully.

    Cmon Kawi, please redesign the ZX10r for 2016.

  • MikeD

    Nothing RADICAL . . . YET AGAIN. Not even a crappy quick shifter as standard.
    Oh Japan . . . you’ll never change . . . I guess. One underwhelming Biatch, that’s for sure. Way to rise expectations and then so much BLAH and MEH. Friggin thing looks already 5 years old before being on the show room. The supercharged Kawasaki looks like a LaFerrari compared to this blue and white JellyBean.

    I personally don’t care for any of the fancy electronic band aids.

    Would rather take a DCT or at the very least a quick shifter over some glorified Magnesium wheels, subframe, TFT display, LED lights and WIZ BANG software hocus pocus . . . you can keep all that.

    Euro bikes are starting to looks A HECK OF A LOT more attractive . . . $$$$$$$$ be damned.

  • Mitch

    MikeD… the quickshifter is standard, on both this bike and the R1M.

  • vince

    Very nice. Glad they have a nice 4 into 1 exhaust. My 09’s under seat exhaust gets too hot and blackens the tail lightevery 6 months. I may have to put my 09 up for sale.

    @eg the 4 into 1 for an inline four makes the best power. That’s why it’s used in MotoGP with the M1. If you feel that’s played out, maybe you should try to get a job at Yamaha Factory racing and tell them what’s up. The Panty-Galley’s exhaust looks nice but that bike is a failed design. Ducati will have to ditch that monocock chassis if they want to win in World Superbike again….

  • vince

    @eg Of course I’m only joking…just trying to get a rise out of you. I love the Panigale. It’s troubles in WSBK probably have more to do with the throttle body restrictors the bike is forced to run. Peace.

  • MikeD


    Crap . . . and here I bothered on reading where it never was mentioned and yet is there on a couple of photos, all camo-ed and blending in and shit but THERE.

    I did read it was standard hardware on the M. Thanks for helping the Blind Guy (me), LMAO. (^_^)

  • MikeD

    Software, electronic safety nets and fancy materials be damned, I want more DCTs !!! What a let down !

  • Piglet2010

    sburns2421 says: “At that price it had better be unquestionably the best bike of the year.”

    Hmmm, a H-D cruiser with a 1950’s engine design and no modern technology beyond fuel-injection (and in some cases ABS) costs more yet few complain about the price.

    Superlight says: “Priced like a Euro bike.”

    And why should a Japanese bike cost less than a European bike? Labor costs are similar, as are relative exchange rates. Old memories of when Japanese bikes were all small and inexpensive (that was more than 45 years ago, before the CB750)? Because the European bikes have greater prestige value when parked outside the coffee shop, or because they are built by people culturally closer to most USians?

  • luckyguy19

    @ MikeD Have you ever driven a dual clutch car? They suck to say the least, my TDI Jetta Sportwagen sure was. I really don’t see the need to add the complexity and cost to a motorcycle. Gear changes, especially with a quickshifter, are almost instant. Downshifts are easy with a slipper clutch.

  • luckyguy19

    I’ll be interested to see how the new Bridgestone RS10s pan out. I love my Q3s but I’m always down to try the latest and greatest tire.

  • Jaybond

    This is one mean looking bike with mean looking spec sheets ! Lets bring the 2015 Superbike Smackdown!!

  • Kudeta Merah Putih

    beautifully ugly

  • sunstroke

    Beautiful bike. Moving the headlamps off of the fascia and onto the top of the radiator cowl was a smart move. Makes the bike look like a race bike rather than a road bike. Nice way to thwart the headlamp sticker rules, as well.

    If the stock R1 includes titanium rods, magnesium subframe, and magnesium wheels, Yamaha may not need a homologation special. At $16,490 the R1 would probably be the privateers bike of choice, especially since the crossplane crank is supposed to make such useable power.

  • ulises

    Congratulations Yamaha, you made an Aprilia rsv4

  • Paul

    Comparisons to European bikes are a bit rich. Lots of short memories clearly. European bIke companies were brought to their knees by the Japanese and didn’t com close to building any remotely as good as the cbr1000rr until the s1000rr. That is essentially a European bike built in the mould of a Japanese bike. The rsv4 is an awesome bike but on paper at least it won’t match this. Dont get cocky euro fags, the Japanese manufacturers have destroyed you before.

  • keef247

    haters gonna hate…. dont knock it till you ride it! people keep knit picking but most of the cons they refer too are negligable…. exhaust c’mon, whats the first thing most sportbike riders upgrade hint (exhaust) , headlights…. its meant to be a racer, easy to cover or remove. comparing it to the Panny, all bikes have taken styling cues from previous bikes… id take a jap bike over a euro any day, cept for the RSV4. plus most of you could never push this bike to its limits anyway. imo.

  • Gutterslob

    This image = 2015-Yamaha-YZF-R1-46.jpg

    C’mon Yamaha. You NEED to build a streetfighter outta this thing!!

  • Superlight

    @Paul: Short memory, heh? I bought a CB750 K0 in 1969 because that bike had so many forward-thinking technologies for the time. I’m well aware that the Japanese are capable of great engineering if challenged, though they haven’t displayed those virtues in quite a while.
    I take issue with “didn’t come close to building any as remotely good as the CBR1000RR until the S1000RR” comment. I know the CBR is quite good, but the RSV4 and 1098 Ducati were arguably more than a match for the CBR, even a few years ago. The Japanese will “destroy” the Euros again only when they offer more bike for the money, whereas this new Yamaha seems to offer similar content for similar money, all wrapped in typical nondescript bodywork (compared to the Euros).

  • BlackhawkXX

    I think it looks more trick with the bodywork off! That frame is very impressive.

    Can’t wait to see one with a Movistar replica paint job.

  • Roadrash

    I don’t see anything wrong with the bike as long as it performs like it should, and not another Yam dud R1 only good in the hands of WSBK team. As for the pipe, it’s ok, not stylish but functional, function over form here, heat shields that also perhaps act as some aerodynamic enhancements? Again, at least they removed the exhaust from the worst place you could put a pipe, under the seat? As for DCT? OMG, this is a superbike folks leave the DCT for the commuters, or wait, perhaps you would like a CVT yeah that would be good for ya.

  • MikeD

    To the DCT nay-sayers . . . try the latest version on the latest SHAMU.
    Is ok to deny, w/e makes you happy I say.
    I had a friggin ball playing with it and think it should at least optional equipment by now on all motorcycles. JMO.

    CVTs BLOW. Car or motorcycle version, UBER POO.

    @LUCKYGUY19: If VW builds CRAPPY DCTs it doesn’t mean the other do too.
    Don’t judge a whole book by only reading one page.

  • Unclebob

    Good evening mr. phelps your mission today duck hunting!!!

  • Superlight

    @Unclebob: I don’t know about duck hunting (if you mean competing with Ducati), but I can see evidence of duck copying (that R1 tail section is a complete rip-off of a Panigale).

  • Roadrash

    MikeD says:
    November 4, 2014 at 8:36 PM
    To the DCT nay-sayers . . . try the latest version on the latest SHAMU.
    Is ok to deny, w/e makes you happy I say.
    I had a friggin ball playing with it and think it should at least optional equipment by now on all motorcycles. JMO.

    Sure Mike but lets be realistic, this is a Superbike! let’s not take all the fun and technique out of the equation. Sure DCT is awesome put in it’s place, perhaps even on a sportbike, but I doubt Yam or anyone else is going to spend the extra cash to create two versions of this in a Superbike Homologation, and I sure wouldn’t buy one. As for CVT, that’s another story, I think it is great if it works well and some do from what I have read in the car industry. I’m not speaking of Motorcycles here, just cars.

  • Jeff

    eg: get used to that exhaust pipe man, that’s what you and your pani will be seeing the most of…………. (if you can get close enough!)

  • Roadrash

    Jeff says:
    November 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM
    eg: get used to that exhaust pipe man, that’s what you and your pani will be seeing the most of…………. (if you can get close enough!)

    Roadrash says: LOL, that is some good smack talking there! I have to admit, I like the idea of an inline four over the V Four of the Aprillia. Perhaps the V Four is a better engine in some way but I like the simplicity of the inline four in packaging etc. Has anyone ever tried to work on a V Four omg, quite compact, no room to work in there.

  • Leo

    i can’t believe you guys!
    how couldn’t you see that Yamaha RUINED the looks?! it looks like a freakin snail with eyes upside down.
    oh man! why??? wwhy???
    so UGLY

  • Roadrash

    I agree Leo, but some will like this type of headlight, nobody I hang with but still lol. It almost seems as though they did this just to leave a space open for a racing number? OMG! Yamaha, please move those hideous lights to the center, over under style, and give them a little style? or not but please move them.

  • Jeff

    I don’t see any problem with the headlights. They are only to make it road legal.

  • Superlight

    @Jeff: Each of us is entitled to our opinions, especially when it comes to something subjective like design, but from my standpoint Yamaha took a good idea (make the front look like a race bike) and squandered that opportunity in their poor execution.

  • Roadrash

    The lights were an after thought, they forgot to put them on and then…well, they found a couple of LED’s laying around and Walah, snail eyes LOL.

    Jeff says:
    November 8, 2014 at 8:48 PM
    I don’t see any problem with the headlights. They are only to make it road legal.

    Roadrash says: What? you think the only reason they sell these bikes are to race LOL. They sell/build these bike to make money…and that’s all, so why would they not put a headlamp with some decent looks? I think it is fugly and the spot where they should have put a light is just empty space, why I ask, why? I hope some will like it so Yamaha doesn’t loose to many sales, just a horrible decision.

  • jeff

    Roadrash says: LOL, that is some good smack talking there! I have to admit, I like the idea of an inline four over the V Four of the Aprillia. Perhaps the V Four is a better engine in some way but I like the simplicity of the inline four in packaging etc. Has anyone ever tried to work on a V Four omg, quite compact, no room to work in there.

    I just did a basic service to my RSV4F. Not much room to work especially changing plugs.
    Its a nice motor and power delivery not the fastest by any means but very satisfying with the right gearing and the exhaust note is intoxicating.

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  • The Truth

    I prefer no ABS, no traction control, no software controlling my bike. If I dump it’s my fault because of lack of skill. I haven’t had a crash in over 20 years. Knowing how to ride separates the wannabes from the men. ABS is another tool that covers up lack of riding skill.

  • The Truth

    That ugly cat needs to go. If I got one of these first thing I’d do is get a full Akra. You’d drop 20 lbs at least.