Here is the All New 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 (Concept)

Take a look at the all new Suzuki GSX-R1000. No, you can’t have it yet. At this stage, it’s a concept but from both the appearance of the bike and the press kit released by Suzuki, this is the finished product. This is what Suzuki will finally be releasing to update the nearly decade old current machine and we expect it to hit showrooms around the middle of next year as 2017 model.

The new GSX-R1000 gets a nice styling update while remaining true to its heritage. Aerodynamics have been improved thanks to data from MotoGP and from the rear shot you can see how compact the machine looks. According to Suzuki, it will be the lightest, the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R1000 yet.

Suzuki has gone so far as to say that they even redesigned exposed bolts to ensure minimal air resistance. The front light is LED (believe it or not, a first for Suzuki) as is the rear brake light.

The press kit from Suzuki reads like one for a production bike – all that’s missing from it are specific numbers on horsepower, torque and weight. Here’s a few highlights of the machine:

  • All-new 999cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline-four will be the most powerful GSX-R1000 motor ever
  • All-new aluminum frame
  • Ride by wire electronic throttle
  • 10-level Traction Control System
  • Three engine modes
  • Quick shifter
  • Launch control

Also of note is that the GSX-R1000 will get Showa’s Balance Free Forks and Balance Free Rear Cushion shock just like the new Kawasaki ZX-10 will have.

It’s been a long wait for this bike but on paper at least, Suzuki appears to have delivered the goods. Alongside the still fresh R1 and the all new ZX-10 coming out next year, it’s going to be another wonderful time for superbikes

Dear Yamaha, Can we Have a New FZ1?

Yamaha has been one of the strongest companies in the motorcycle scene over the past few years, the resurgence beginning with the release of the wonderfully fun MT-09. That was followed by the MT-07 and then the all new R1 which has certainly raised the bar for other brands. There’s just one thing missing that we’d really, really like – a new super naked.

There’s no doubt the Yamaha R1 is a killer machine but it’s sole flaw in many people’s eyes is that it’s a superbike. It’s designed for the track which means it isn’t the most comfortable machine around, especially for those taller in stature. Such an issue is easily rectified with a more casually arranged naked motorcycle.

Some might argue that the MT-09 fits that bill and while it’s a great bike, it is made to a price whereas a headlining super naked would come with all the best components the R1 offers, just in a more upright riding position. The MT-09’s engine is great, but there’s no disputing that the R1’s engine with its cross plane crankshaft has a special place in the motorcycle world..

The current FZ1 model was launched back in 2006 and has had only very minor modifications since then. Its biggest failing is that it still uses the pre-big-bang engine that makes the current generation R1’s so unique among current literbikes. No doubt Yamaha has saved big amounts of money in not updating the bike, but that goes hand in hand with mediocre sales, too. Given the upcoming Euro IV emissions, Yamaha’s hand will likely be forced regardless – either by discontinuing the model or giving it the upgrade it deserves.

Given how popular and hard fought the super naked category has become, it’s highly likely that Yamaha will give the FZ1 some love in the near future. The foundations are there in the new R1 – all that’s needed is some tweaks to the geometry, a retune of the engine to be more focused for street riding and some minimal fairing design and no doubt Yamaha would have a hit on their hands.

Pretty please, Yamaha?

The current FZ1 hasn't had a major update since 2006 and is looking very dated.

The current FZ1 hasn’t had a major update since 2006 and is looking very dated.

Yamaha Announces Return to World Superbike Championship

Yamaha Motor Europe has today announced that it will make a return to the WSBK championship next year after a five year hiatus. Spearheading the challenge will be 2014 World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli and 2013 British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes, both of course piloting the Yamaha YZF-R1.

The team will be formed in conjunction with Crescent Racing who currently use the Suzuki GSX-R1000 as their weapon of whoice and are the only UK-based team in WSBK. They have a 20-year racing history at both national and global level that features victories in the British Superbike Championship, World Superbike and MotoGP.

Yamaha Motor Europe will retain responsibility over racing strategy and technical development, as well as the rider agreements with Crescent’s hugely experienced, dedicated, technical and engineering racing personnel running the team’s operation at each of the Championship rounds.

“Having re-written the Supersport rule book and changed the game with the new YZF-R1, directly developed from Yamaha MotoGP technology, it was clear we would need to return to the World Superbike Championship to show the full potential of our new Superbike machine” said Yamaha Motor Europe Chief Operating Officer, Eric De Seynes. “We took one year to grow experience with the new R1 in many other championships where the bike has shown its potential already, with the amazing 8H of Suzuka victory and the very positive results that our official Teams are gathering all around Europe. Now we are ready to be back on the world stage and I am happy we have found in Crescent the same values of professionalism, engineering detail and passion for victory we share.”

Frenchman Guintoli has over 15 years experience in racing, with 45 podiums, 10 race wins and, of course, the 2014 world title to his credit – in classes spanning 250cc, MotoGP, British Superbike and World Superbike. While young British rider Lowes took 20 podiums, 8 wins and 6 pole positions on his way to his 2013 British Superbike title. He has also competed with Crescent for the last two seasons so is no stranger to the team or the WSBK series.

With Kawasaki preparing to release a new ZX-10 for the 2016 season and the potential for Suzuki to sell update their GSX-R1000, it looks like next year’s WSBK season will be one of the most competitive yet.

Yamaha Announces Return to World Superbike Championship



Yamaha R1S to be Entry Level R1, Released at end of 2015

The all new Yamaha R1 and R1M have been huge critical successes. Packed to the brim with the latest technology, a wonderful engine and a well sorted frame, the all new R1 set the bar for Japanese superbikes. The only criticism of the bike has been its price where instead of competing with other Japanese literbikes, the new Yamaha superbike plays with the European heavyweights from Ducati and BMW. But it looks like Yamaha is set to rectify that with an ‘entry’ model R1 titled the R1S.

We’ve heard whispers of something like this happening ever since the release of the R1 last year. The reason Yamaha didn’t release a cut price model initially was to try and keep the launch simple but also provide a shock and awe introduction of the new machine. Now that the desire and demand is there, Yamaha feels that after a year it’s now time to release a more affordable R1.

So what’s likely to disappear on the R1S? The simplest way to lessen the price of the R1 would be to do away with some of the trick electronics it currently has. That would likely mean the deletion of the Internal Measurement Unit which consists of a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as an accelerometer that measures acceleration in the fore-aft, up-down, and right-left directions. That however would mean Yamaha would have to use some other system to ensure the R1S at the very least as traction control and engine modes – a necessity for a 200 hp machine. . A lower end dash display may be used instead of the full color TFT currently employed. There’s also the possibility that Yamaha may swap out some of the higher end engine and frame components for cheaper items, however that then runs the risk of diluting the R1 brand as it would quickly move north of 200 pounds of weight and that’s something that Yamaha has been strict about adhering to.

While it’s too early to know what the price of the Yamaha R1S will be, it’s likely to sit between the R6 and the standard R1.

Yamaha R1S to be Entry Level R1, Released at end of 2015

This Is What the Inside of the Yamaha R1M Looks Like

The 2015 Yamaha R1M is one of the most technically advanced motorcycles on the road today so no doubt some would be interested to see what’s going on under the fairings. Thanks to a dedicated group of employees at Yamaha USA, now you can. Unveiled on the weekend at the WSBK round held at Laguna Seca is a Yamaha R1M with its guts on display for all.

The surgery took a month and we can see why. It’s would require plenty of patience and ability to do what Yamaha have done, showing off various parts of the bike’s innards including the engine, fuel tank, fairings and even the seat. Unfortunately the tires remain as is less the air escape…

Source: Lanesplitter

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YZF-R1 Project Leaders Celebrate the Evolution of the YZF-R1

The current and previous YZF-R1 project leaders celebrated 17 years of development on the YZF-R1 model during the YZF-R1 and R1M press test on 23rd of February. The world’s motoring press had been impatient to get a first hand experience of the all new 2015 models at the at Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek racetrack, together with those who know the YZF-R1 the best; the project leaders.

As a part of the test, former project leaders Kunihiko Miwa (1998), Yoshikazu Koike (2002 – 2004), Mokoto Shimamoto (2007), Toyoshi Nishida (2009) and the latest YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M models Project Leader Hideki Fujiwara (2015) donned their racing suits and took a ride aboard the models they developed.

Fujiwara-san developed the all-new YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M with the help of nine-time World Champion and test rider Valentino Rossi, ensuring the new models remain as race-ready as their predecessors.

The 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M recently made their debut in the European Superstock 1000 (third place at the first race in Aragon), Endurance World Championship (fifth place at the first round, Le Mans 24H Motos), British Superbike Championship (two third places in round two at Brands Hatch), and will make its mark in the Superbike*IDM International German Championship this weekend.

Yamaha have now released a third short film clip on the YZF-R1, in which the project leaders have an emotional reunion with the models they created on the Australian track. Not only did they ride their beloved bikes but they also provide insight into how they managed to entwine Yamaha’s racing DNA with the YZF-R1 design throughout the years to keep producing outstanding results.

You can watch the video below:


Immerse Yourself In the New Yamaha R1M

It’s now just weeks until the first batch of brand new Yamaha R1’s hit the dealerships. If you’ve put down a deposit then good for you because so far the feedback on the machine has been nothing but positive. But if you’re still sitting on the fence (or just really enjoy watching a fast motorcycle go fast) then check out this video from Yamaha.

Taken from onboard a lap at the Sugo circuit in Japan, it’s actually a great demonstration of how technologically advanced the new R1M is. Everything that you see on the video is courtesy of the R1M’s onboard computers. Down the bottom right is a read out that indicates what systems are in use on the bike, including traction, skid control and the quick shifter.

To the left of that is an indication of pitch and roll on the bike and in middle top right is a GPS readout of the track. Owners of the R1M will have access to all this telemetry plus more from the onboard system. Never before has such detail been available on a stock production bike.

It’s been a while since a superbike has excited us this much, but there’s every indication that the new Yamaha R1 and R1M will shift the category forward a great deal. Here’s hoping the competition follows too.


News Round-Up: MV Agusta Turns 70, Yamaha YZF-R1M Gets Homologated, Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Debuted

MV Agusta Turns 70

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, MV Agusta. It’s been a rocky ride at times, with both car maker Proton and Harley-Davidson having periods of ownership of the company which proved unsuccessful. But with a recent investment by Daimler into MV Agusta things may be looking up. To mark this anniversary the Schiranna-based motorcycle manufacturer has drawn up an impressive calendar of events and activities.

Things kick off at Philip Island (Australia) this week, where they’ll be presenting the MV Agusta “Reparto Corse” team competing in WSS and WSBK. In WSBK, riders will pilot the all-new F4 RC (Reparto Corse). That’s the name of the latest version of the F4: a 212 hp machine, type-approved for the SBK category that, in its road configuration will potentially be one of the great new bikes for 2015.

On 24 May Cascina Costa will be the venue for the 22nd MV Agusta Revival. With its procession of vintage motorcycles, this history-evoking event will take place ahead of what is, perhaps, the most eagerly awaited event of all: Gli amici di Claudio (Friends of Claudio).

This exciting celebration will be held over a weekend inside the long-standing Schiranna factory and will include displays, competitions, shows, tests, and exhibitions and everything else that orbits around MV Agusta and the legendary figure of Claudio Castiglioni.

New developments for this seventieth year include the strengthening of the partnership with Mercedes Benz–AMG. During the season, this will take the form of various communication initiatives and events designed for the respective car/motorcycle communities that focus on the shared values of performance, exclusivity and style.

MV Agusta F4 RC


Yamaha YZF-R1M Gets Homologated

Good news if were planning on entering a new R1 in World Superbikes this year (and series that follow the international WSBK rules), both the R1 and R1M are now eligible to race.

With the R1M, that would potentially mean that you’ll get to race with the extras of carbon fiber fairings, Ohlins electronic suspension and the communication control unit. But almost all professional racers are better off without electronic suspension, most teams would surely use better telemetry systems than would be offered on the R1M and carbon fiber fairings after banned by WSBK. That basically leaves you with an R1…

So perhaps this is more of a marketing exercise than something anyone will actually take advantage of. We’d love to hear from any racers out there as to what benefit the R1M would have over the R1 as a base from which to develop a race bike.

2015 Yamaha YZF R1M


Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Debuted

Ducati has finally shown off their 2015 MotoGP title contender, the Desmosedici GP15. If reports are true, this might be Ducati’s last shot at MotoGP because if they fail again, the factory team may be saying goodnight.

The Desmosedici GP15 didn’t appear at Sepang for the first round of MotoGP testing, so it was today unveiled at Bologna and there’s quite a few changes to be seen. Ducati’s famous 90 degree V4 engine has been shifted backwards to give more room to the front of the bike and that in turn compacts things within the wheelbase.

The bodywork has undergone quite a number of changes, with the rear tail section much smaller and compact. Last year, the exhausts came from either side of the machine rather than just the right hand side which they now do. The entire frame has been redesigned although it remains a twin-spar aluminium arrangement.