India Yamaha Motor has launched the company’s flagship superbike, the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M, without any fanfare. Termed the ‘most MotoGP-inspired motorcycle ever’ by Yamaha, the company is also claiming that new R1 and R1M blur the lines between the race-spec superbikes and road-going superbikes. Highlights of these bikes include a focus on function-over-form styling, re-tuned in-line 4-cylinder engine, lighter overall weight (R1M), all-digital TFT instrument cluster and electronics heavily inspired from the company’s MotoGP program.
The Yamaha YZF-R1 is priced at Rs. 22.34 lakh and the YZF-R1M is priced at Rs. 29.43 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The previous generation R1 was priced at Rs. 15.60 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
Styling is a subjective thing, but it is evident that the R1 and R1M have been designed with styling taking a back seat. There is no ‘face’ to the bike, the DRLs and the projector headlamps are integrated into the shape of the front fairing. The rest of the fairing design, though it may look messy to some, is fully functional aiding both heat-dissipation and aerodynamics. The large rear-view mirrors with integrated indicators are functional and aerodynamically designed as well. There are minimal body panels after the fairing though, the frame is exposed as your gaze goes towards the rear of the bike. The chunky upward angled mufler is placed at the end of a 4-2-1 exhaust system. The brake light and indicators are slim LED units and there is a number plate holder which extends a long way rear-ward over the tyre. The instrument cluster is an improved all-digital TFT screen unit as compared to the unit on the previous bike.
The R1 and R1M are powered by an improved version of the 998cc, in-line 4-cylinder with a crossplane crankshaft found on the previous bike. Yamaha has tuned this to produce a maximum of 200PS @ 13,500 rpm and 112Nm @ 11,500 rpm. This is connected to a 6-speed transmission via a slipper clutch, with final drive sent to rear wheel via a chain. The chassis is an aluminium deltabox with inverted forks at the front and mono-shock suspension at the rear, the R1M gets electronically adjustable Ohlin shocks at front. Braking is provided by 320mm dual discs at the front and 220mm single disc at the rear. The R1 weighs 199 Kg wet, while a carbon-fibre body helps the R1M lose 1 Kg in weight.
The biggest addition to the R1 and R1M is the MotoGP-inspired electronics package. This includes a six-axis “Inertial Measurement Unit” which measures different aspects of the bike at any given moment for a humongously large number of functions. This unit communicates with the Yamaha Ride Control system to provide different power modes with an option for the rider to adjust it to their own liking, lean sensitive traction control, slide control, lift control, launch control, upshift quick-shifting, linked ABS etc.
The R1M’s electronically-adjustable front suspension communicates with the IMU unit to constantly adjust for the best ride. The R1M also gets a data-logging system which lets riders get every detail of their ride to improve their skills, it also lets riders dial in settings to improve their ride, everything through an app on their iOS or Android device.
The R1 and R1M are available on sale through select Yamaha dealerships. The R1M is available only in select numbers as Yamaha is manufacturing only 500 units of the bike.
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