2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 And YZF-R1M
Yamaha is really swinging for the fences with its new flagship models, the 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M, and at first glance, it looks like they’ve connected in a big way.
The R1 ($16,490) features the same inline 4-cylinder, 998cc engine used by its predecessors, and that’s good for a blistering 200 horsepower and 112.4 Nm 82.9 ft-lbs of torque. Yamaha is calling this “the most MotoGP-inspired motorcycle ever” because of the wealth of advanced electronics onboard, including a six-axis “Inertial Measurement Unit” (IMU) that uses gyros and accelerometers to measure pitch, roll, yaw, and acceleration. Working in tandem with the Yamaha Ride Control ECU, it all results in a lengthy list of handling tweaks, including adjustable and user-programmable power delivery modes, lean angle sensitive traction control, and full-throttle launch control.
The R1M ($21,990) separates itself from the R1 with a few extra perks, including lots of carbon fiber, a fully electronic, active Ohlins suspension works in conjunction with the IMU, and a data-logging GPS system that uses Wi-Fi and an iOS or Android app to give riders tons of info about the track season they just tore through. [Purchase]
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