The past year been an amazing year for us motorcycle enthusiasts. With manufacturers beginning an arms race, setting benchmarks and introducing technology that has never been seen earlier on production motorcycles. The Yamaha YZF-R1 is no exception. It looks different from the previous generation of R1’s, and yet, feels unmistakably R1. But, Yamaha were not ready to be outdone by the BMW HP4 or the Aprilia RSV4 RF.
Yamaha R1 and Yamaha R1M:
Yamaha R1M attempts to blur the line between Yamaha’s MotoGP bike, the mighty YZR-M1 and a road-going production motorcycle. Beneath the R1 and the R1M is a host of advanced technology, some of which are a first for a production motorcycle.
At the heart of the YZF-R1 and the R1M is the 998 cc, crossplane crankshaft engine that makes 200 hp @ 13500 rpm. The pistons are lightweight, with fraction-split titanium connecting rods that are a first for a motorcycle. Yamaha also wanted to use different cams, and has diamond coated the rocker arms to withstand aggressive lobes. The stroke is shorter compared to the 2014 R1. This reduces piston speed and offset cylinders take away stress from the rotating assembly. This in turn implies that the components can take withstand greater levels of stress while being highly efficient.
Yamaha Ride Control
The R1 and the R1M contain the Yamaha Ride Control unit, which uses an inertial measurement unit (consisting of a gyro sensor, GPS unit, and a G-sensor) to measure attitude, lean angle, acceleration, and brake pressure across six axis.
Adaptive Slide Control
A first for a production motorcycle, this technology is lifted directly off Yamaha’s Moto GP bike; the YZR M1. The adaptive slide control kicks in when the bike is leaned over and the rear starts to get all over the place. It slightly cuts power to keep the bike from falling into the corner.
Adaptive Launch Control
The launch control is relatively new to production motorcycles. Here, limits the maximum revs to 10,000 rpm. This value can be adjusted depending on the conditions; from slick to rain mode.
Track Developed ABS
This is technology is lifted from the YZR-M1. The integrated ABS works with both brakes even if only one is applied. The ABS is actuated when the bike is leaned over and the brakes are grabbed hard. This is possible due to the lean-angle ABS which will send a different, unique signal to actuate the brakes when the bike is leaned over.
The new Yamaha R1M packs a punch with its share of MotoGP derived technology. It is a machine that is not to be taken lightly. For all of its complexity and sophistication, the R1 does an amazing job of not making a big hype of it all. All these systems work quietly in the background, allowing the rider to get on with his agenda and ride the bike faster and safer than ever before. Yamaha is back on top of the superbike game with its latest offering.
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