The 2015 Yamaha R1 is loaded to the gills with technology. Packed with MotoGp-inspired electronics, it has been fitted with a launch control system, a quick shift system, lift control, slide control, variable traction control, power modes, a ride control system and a Y-TRAC/Communications control unit. For prospective buyers, or even those who just want to sample the latest in technology, Yamaha’s online meter simulator lets you experience the ability to control advanced electronics on the 2015 R1. Armed with switches and a rotary dial, it lets you toggle between various settings on the fly, while all that information is displayed on a thin-film transistor LCD.
The 2015 YZF-R1M is a production Superbike that’s as close as you can get to a street-legal M1 MotoGP bike. It features a completely new, lightweight and compact, crossplane-concept, inline-four-cylinder, 998cc high-output engine. A first ever for a production motorcycle, titanium fracture split connecting rods, the first six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) ever offered on a street-going motorcycle, a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as an accelerometer or G-sensor that measures acceleration in the fore-aft, up-down, and right-left directions, all at a rate of 125 calculations per second. The R1M features an Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), carbon fiber bodywork (upper fairing, side fairings, and front fender), and 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. The 2015 R1M is fully equipped with banking-sensitive Traction Control, as well as Slide Control, Anti-Wheelie Control, Quickshifter, Launch Control, ABS, a Unified Braking System, and much more.