Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. of Japan announced on November 4 that
it unveiled its new flagship YZF-R1 and high-end YZF-R1M supersport motorbikes.
The bikes were unveiled at a press event of the EICMA international motorcycle
show in Milan, Italy. The show runs from November 4 to 9, 2014.
Those present at the unveiling were Yamaha Motor Co. CEO and Presdient Hiroyuki Yanagi and riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
Both the motorcycles feature an entirely new 998
cubic-centimeter liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine with a crossplane
crankshaft. According to a Yamaha press release, the all-new 2015 YZF-R1
and YZF-R1M are based on Yamaha’s "High Tech Armed Pure Sport"
concept of an all-out supersport model fully armed with advanced technology. These
bikes are designed to be the fastest machines on the circuit. They allow riders
to experience firsthand the technical philosophy behind Yamaha’s MotoGP racing
machine, the YZR-M1. With 200hp at its disposal, these are the world’s first
two commercial motorcycles with a 6-axis position sensor that detects 3-axis
angular velocity and 3-axis acceleration. Coupled with advanced control
technology, Yamaha’s sophisticated sensor provides high-dimension handling and
performance, allowing the rider to devote more attention to pure riding.
These two motorcycles incorporate hot features from the
YZR-M1 MotoGP machine and its design is an entirely new R-DNA based on Yamaha’s
“Speed Racer” concept, which combines a small silhouette, rider-machine unity
and headlight-less front face. The high-end YZF-R1M also boasts an
electronically controlled suspension, lightweight carbon fairing and a digital
interface that records valuable racing information.
The European market for 1,000cc supersport models has grown
considerably, led by users with a passion for riding their machines on racing
circuits. Loaded with signature technologies from Yamaha Motor, the YZF-R1 and
YZF-R1M will appeal not only to developed markets, but also to emerging markets
and beyond where they are expected to help drive the Yamaha global brand.
The two models will be released in Europe in early March
2015 and later in North America, the release said.
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