|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||998cc||Manual||200PS @ 13500RPM||112NM @ 11500RPM||9kmpl|
For those who have a crush on Superbikes, they must have known about the all-new Yamaha YZF R1 which is completely new in its design, electronics, mechanical features, safety and everything from their previous generation flagship model. The Yamaha R1’s project leader Hideki Fujiwara told the press that, “While making the all-new R1, we are having only two mottos ‘No excuses and No compromises’” and when the product was launched they have achieved what they have said. The bike came with completely perfect as a package with all the features and technologies that we’re not even expecting and note that precious things always carry a hefty price tag. Yamaha R1 is an all-rounder on track and behaves perfectly according to the rider’s input.
No matter you’re a motorcycle maniac or not, the new Yamaha R1 on its first glance will make you dream like you’re hopping onto this beautiful machine. The R1 is designed perfectly perfect at any angles. The LED eyebrows and Projector eyes on this beast are seductive and on top of this is the aerodynamically designed windshield which is inspired from the M1, the brand’s MotoGP machine. Underneath the glass is an all-new rectangular TFT display that looks cool. The slim and sleek fuel tank with fins may look small but it holds a massive 20 litres of fuel in it. The saddle with rear-set footpegs and aggressive riding position will push the adrenaline in the veins any rider who just swings their legs over this machine. The exhaust pipe is made as compact as possible and the tail section is designed sharper to enhance the design and to reduce the air drag. The slim LED vertical taillight design is compact and can be viewed clearly at any distance.
The new R1 hosts a hand full of features which don’t only help to produce maximum mechanical efficiency but also provides more safety to the rider. The Japanese brand uses a crossplane engine to balance the weight while riding through the twists on the race track and titanium con-rods helps improve the efficiency and reduce the vibrations. When you turn ON the key, the TFT display glows up and shows the basic information like revolutions counter, speedometer, odometer, trip meters, clock, engine heat level, turn indications and apart from these, the display brings in some other details like lap times, lean angle (Inertial Measurement Unit or simply IMU helps measure the bike’s angle on corners), riding modes, traction level, ABS indication and more. On the right side of the handlebar, there is a Menu dial from where we can control the display completely and on the left side, you can switch between light beams, riding modes, turn on hazard lights. The switch gears offered are best in its quality that the brand didn’t compromise to give their best.
Yamaha has numerous features for the rider’s safety that’s been inducted into this litre-class machine. Anti-wheelie Control, which Yamaha termed as LIFt, Traction Control System (TCS), Slide Control System (SCS) that reduces the sliding of rear wheel in the corners, Unified Braking System (UBS) which operates in a principle that when a rider pulls the front brake lever it automatically actuates the rear brake also thus by improving the braking efficiency, ABS and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which uses three gyro sensors, acceleration sensors that measures the vehicle movement in both vertical and sideways at a speed of 125 times per second that helps the bike to stabilize the speed on corners.
The flagship model the Yamaha features a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine that generates a whopping 197.3bhp of maximum power at 13500rpm and a peak torque of 112.4Nm at 11500rpm. The Ride by wire system gives the amount of throttle response given by the rider to the Transistor Controlled Ignition (TCI) system that sends the fresh charge inside the combustion chamber. The titanium con rods not only helps to reduce the weight but also neglects the vibrations inside the cylinder. The power from the motor is sent to 6-speed constant mesh gearbox through the wet multi-plate clutch which comes with Quick Shift System (QSS) for easy upshifting without the use of the clutch and also Assist and Slipper Clutch (ASC) to downshift aggressively while entering into the corners. To reduce the weight on the outside, Yamaha has used a 4-2-1 exhaust system that combines to throw away the combusted products through a titanium end pipe.
The newly designed Aluminium Deltabox frame is more rigid and provides high stability while leaning into the corners. Slip on to the first gear, you’ll reach the triple-digit speed very early and the front wheel pops up in the air. The 17-inch wheels with 120/70 sectional tyres at the front and 190/55 sectional tyres at the rear hold off the grip on straights and you can put on all your confidence into the Bridgestone Battlax rubbers that crave to lean into corners with more adrenaline.
Yamaha’s Blue Core Technology not only delivering the smooth performance out of the power mill but also helps achieve a decent mileage too. The flagship model from Yamaha offers 15kmpl on average which is a very high value for a performance motorcycle. The fuel tank which looks compact on aesthetic appeal holds a massive 20 litres in it. It also offers a range of 340km on a single tank full of fuel.
The litre-class motorcycle from Yamaha comes with fully electronically controlled suspension system with the front is equipped with 41mm Upside Down (USD) Telescopic forks with fully adjustable compression and rebound action whereas the rear suspension duties are carried by a monoshock suspension with 150mm of travel and damping and rebound action. The R1 is not a tourer or naked bike that is meant for long rides but it is a completely race-bred machine that comes with a little padded rider seat at a saddle height of 855mm that offers a minimal amount of cushion which is enough for track riding.