Not many have had an opportunity to ride the all new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1. But the ones who have already seem to be impressed by the performance of Yamaha’s latest litre class offering. And who would be better to learn more about the new 2015 YZF-R1 than Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Rider, Valentino Rossi himself. MotoGP presenter Gavin Emmett speaks to the Italian professional motorcycle racer about this new offering and his experience riding it.
The 998cc inline 4-cylinder 4-valve crossplane engine develops 200PS without the use of ram air induction. But what’s interesting is the fact that the motorcycle only weights 199 kilograms (wet) which gives it a good power-to-weight ratio of 1.005 PS/kg. The crossplane engine has been derived from M1 (Yamaha’s MotoGP motorcycle) technology.
When asked about the most beautiful part about the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1, Rossi said, “The first thing that you notice when you ride the bike for the first time is the front air box that is similar to the (Yamaha MotoGP bike) M1. The whole bike is very similar. They (Yamaha) have tried to make it same like the MotoGP bike. But the air box is the thing that I like more.”
Here is the complete video of the conversation with Valentino Rossi:
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