Back in December last year, There news that Yamaha India is looking at bringing the all-new YZF-R1 and R1 M here by March 2015. And yes, now the motorcycles are listed under ‘available’ on Yamaha India’s website at a price of Rs 22.34 lakh for the R1 and Rs 29.43 lakh for the track-oriented R1 M, ex-Delhi. The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 is available in two colours, Racing Blue and Racing Red while the YZF-R1 M can be ordered in only Silver Blue Carbon.
These are all-new motorcycles according to Yamaha with only the crossplane crankshaft and the legendary R1 name retained from the older versions. The new Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1 M use a four-cylinder, liquid-cooled 998cc engine which is good for 200PS/112.4Nm. This is before taking into account the ram air effect which liberates a few more ponies. A slipper clutch, new crankshaft, Titanium con rods and a larger airbox are some of the new features. Inspite of all these add-ons, the wet weight remains at a relatively ‘lower’ 199kg. Yamaha says that the weight reduction is achieved with the help of the new cast magnesium alloys (weighing 2kg less than before) as well as the asymmetric aluminium frame. The minimum ground clearance is 130mm while the fuel tank capacity is 17 litres.
While the looks of the motorcycle will generate different reactions from different people, we believe Yamaha couldn’t have made the new YZF-R1 more outlandish. The new Yamaha YZF-R1 is inspired by the company’s MotoGP bike, the M1, with those gills on the tank and faired-in small headlamps. The graphics on the motorcycle by themselves feel a little bland.
Looks apart, the new Yamaha R1 gets a host of electronics including Intuitive Slide Control System, ABS with EBD, launch control, wheelie control, Inertial Measurement Unit and many more. In India it will compete with the Kawasaki Ninja H2 which was launched recently, Honda CBR 1000RR, BMW S1000RR and the Suzuki GSX-R1000.