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2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 — Game On

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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.

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Technical Specifications of the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1:

Engine
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
Chassis
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
Dimensions
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
Other
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Source: Yamaha

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Jensen Beeler

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