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.


Yamaha R1M – The Closest Thing Ever To A Street Legal Moto GP Bike

Yamaha is dialing up the volume for it’s marketing hype before the brand new Yamaha R1 and R1M hit the dealerships in the next few months. They’ve released a new video titled ‘YZF-R1M – The closest thing ever to a street-legal M1 MotoGP bike’ on YouTube which features four time AMA Superbike Champion, Josh Hayes taking the bike through its paces and talking about it.

A big theme of the video is reflected in the title – that the new R1M is just about as close to the real thing as you can get. It some ways however, it goes beyond what’s even in MotoGP as it features both ABS and electronic suspension – rider aids that are not allowed in almost all forms of racing.

There’s a few interesting features about the bike in the video which we haven’t seen or heard of before. The R1M will be limited to 500 units (it’s not disclosed if this is 500 units worldwide or the US market), it’s 8% more aerodynamic than the previous R1, the aluminium fuel tank is 3.5 lb lighter than the R1’s steel tank, magnesium wheels save an additional 1.9 lb and it’s also the first production bike to feature titanium fracture split connecting rods.

But probably the most interesting aspect of the video is it’s discussion about the electronics package. It seems that in the space of a few years, we’ve gone from bikes having ABS and some limited traction control to full blow electronic everything. At it’s heart, the R1M features a six axis Inertial Measurement Unit (also another production first), consisting of a gyro-sensor (measuring pitch, roll and yaw), accelerometer and four axis g-sensor. Measurements occur at rate of 125 times per second.

It’s been interesting watching the grumpy old men and women of the internet lament the good old days when bikes didn’t have any form of technology, making the riders real men. This is despite the same people no doubt riding bikes with suspension, brakes and tires that all benefit from the latest technology which is leaps and bounds ahead of what was on offer even 10 years ago. The R1M is just the continual evolution in motorcycle design – yes, it may make an average rider faster but the better rider will still always be the quickest on the same machine.

The Yamaha R1M has a MSRP of $21,990 and will be available by the end of March.


UK | Pricing For 2015 Yamaha R1 and R1M Announced

Yamaha Motors Europe has today confirmed pricing for the brand new Yamaha R1 and if you were hoping it would be the same price as the outgoing model, prepare to be disappointed. The 2015 YZF-R1 will retail at £14,999 – £1,000 more than the outgoing model which is a fairly large price hike and it will be available from around March 2015.

If the cutting edge R1M is what you’re after, you’ll need to let go of £18,499. You’ll need to register your interest in the R1M by filling out an online registration form and then print the email the form generates to take it to a local Yamaha dealer within 14 days. Buyers of the new R1M will also get an invitation to an exclusive Yamaha Racing Experience event in the summer of next year where owners will have access to on-track training and technicians who can provide race set-up advice

If those prices for the new R1 and R1M seem a little bit high, by way of comparison the new Ducati 1299 Panigale will retail for £16,695. Delivery For the R1M expected anywhere from January to July next year, so don’t wait at home for the doorbell to ring.

2015 Yamaha YZF R1M – Special Edition R1 Price, Specifications and Image Gallery

One of the rumors floating around the blogosphere prior to today was that there would be two versions of the new Yamaha R1 – a street legal version and a track only model (like Kawasaki has done with the Ninja H2 and H2R). Those rumors turned out to be half right – there are two versions but they’re both street legal. Meet the 2015 Yamaha YZF R1M. The M signifying it’s close relationship to the Yamaha M1- the MotoGP bike ridden by Rossi and Lorenzo.

So usually with a special edition, it consists of some special decals, maybe different wheels and the satisfaction that you paid a couple of extra grand for the privilege. Well, the Yamaha R1M is certainly much more than that – it’s pretty much the most technologically sophisticated bike you’ll be able to buy come February next year.

Here’s a summary of what is has over and above the standard Yamaha R1:

  • Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS). The Suspension Control Unit receives data from the Inertial Measurement Unit, which communicates vehicle speed, attitude, lean angle, acceleration and brake pressure, then adjusts the front and rear compression as well as rebound damping for optimum suspension performance. The system comes with two modes. “Automatic” mode continuously adjusts rebound and compression damping as you ride providing ideal damping force for the track or the street and can be fine tuned to the riders needs. The “manual” mode allows riders to fine tune to the settings they choose then holds these settings while riding.
  • Carbon fiber bodywork (upper fairing, side fairings, and front fender).
  • A Communication Control Unit (CCU) with GPS that enables the rider to capture ride data (including GPS tracking) and then download it via WiFi to the Yamaha Y-TRAC smartphone and tablet app. Once the data is downloaded, the rider can analyze it overlaid with the track map. Setting changes can then be made via the Yamaha “YRC” app, and upload those changes back to the R1M.
  • The onboard system is comprised of the CCU and GPS antenna, running data can be recorded via a data logger, with course mapping and automatic lap timing managed by GPS. This data can then be wirelessly downloaded to the Android or Apple iOS app where it can be analyzed and even make setting changes to later upload to the R1M. This Yamaha exclusive Y-TRAC system gives an all new connection to the machine that has never been seen outside of the factory race pits further blurring that line between production superbike and MotoGP bike.
  • Additional R1M features include a clear-coated aluminum fuel tank, a highly polished aluminum swingarm, gold-colored front radial-mount calipers, special finished gold inner tubes on the 43mm Öhlins front forks, and a unique R1M badge on the airbox cover.

Horsepower between the R1 and R1M will be the same, and despite the use of carbon fiber, the R1M weighs 4lb more – most likely due to the electronic suspension components.

The price is also a fair bit higher – $21,990 but for that, you’re certainly getting something special.


EngineLiquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC 16 valves, 79.00 x 50.9mm
Power147.1 kW (197 hp) @ 13,500 rpm
Torque112.4 Nm (82.9 lb-ft) @ 11,500 rpm
Gear Box6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Front BrakesDual 320mm hydraulic disc; 4-piston caliper, UBS ABS
Rear Brakes220mm disc; UBS ABS
Front Suspension43mm Öhlins electronic suspension w/ inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Rear SuspensionÖhlins electronic suspension w/ single shock w/piggyback reservoir, 4-way adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Front Tire120/70ZR17M/C
Rear Tire190/55ZR17M/C
Wet Weight443 lb
Tank Capacity4.5 gal