Yamaha USA have posted a video of MotoAmerica’s Monster Energy Graves Yamaha (that’s a team name that just rolls off the tongue) rider Cameron Beaubier, giving his first ride impressions of a near stock 2015 Yamaha R1. It’s an interesting insight before the team start taking the bike apart for racing and Beaubier is very positive of the bike, making special mention of the traction control system and electronics package of the machine.
That’s good to hear because with the new crop of machines like the 2015 YZF-R1, the quality of the electronics can make or break it – too much intervention and it just takes the fun out of the bike but too little can make make these super powerful bikes nearly unrideable for mere mortals.
That being said, Cameron Beaubier is hardly the most unbiased source here. A rider for a team that gets a fair amount of cash via sponsorship from Yamaha is unlikely to call their most important bike of 2015 a piece of crap. Nevertheless, it’s nice to hear some ride impressions of the new R1 so we’ll take whatever we can get.