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Rossi unveils 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike

Yamaha have this evening unwrapped the 2015 YZF-R1 on which Josh Brookes will try and conquer the MCE British Superbike Championship next season, ridden onto the stage at the Milan Show by Valentino Rossi.

The new model, which bikesportnews.com will be on hand to help uncrate at the Milwaukee Yamaha workshop on Thursday night, was launched at Milan’s EICMA show just a couple of hours after Ducati unveiled its new Panigale 1299R.

A compact and new inline four-cylinder four-valve crossplane engine develops 200PS without the use of ram air induction, and delivers a strong pulse of linear torque for outstanding running performance - while the new short wheelbase chassis benefits from weight reducing features such as a magnesium subframe and magnesium wheels in order to achieve a wet weight of only 199kg - with a dry weight of 179kg.


The application of cutting edge MotoGP-derived electronic control technology represents a major leap forward in superbike design, and sets the new YZF-R1 apart from its peers. By monitoring every byte of data coming in from multiple sensors in the engine and chassis, the new R1’s advanced electronics enable riders to achieve the very highest levels of engine and chassis control.

Featuring the first ever six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) ever featured on a street-legal machine, the new R1 represents the dawning of a new digital era where all riders can experience total 3D controllability.

Fully equipped with banking sensitive Traction Control, as well as Slide Control, Front Lift Control, Quickshifter, Launch Control, ABS and a Unified Brake System – and much more – the next generation R1 introduces racers and track day riders to a new era of rider-adaptive performance.

Ex-racers Giacomo Agostini, Noriyuki Haga, Fabrizio Pirovano and Alex Gramigni were in the audience while Jorge Lorenzo gave his rival a hand on stage.

2015 R1 technical specification:


Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, forward-inclined parallel, 4-cylinder

Displacement 998 cc

Bore x stroke 79.0 x 50.9 mm


Compression Ratio 13.0:1

Max. Power 147.1 kW (200.0PS) @ 13,500 rpm

Max. Torque 112.4 Nm (11.5 kg-m) @ 11,500 rpm

Lubrication system Force-feed lubrication,wet sump


Fuel supply system Fuel Injection

Clutch type Wet, multiple-disc

Ignition system TCI

Starter system Electric

Transmission system Constant mesh, 6-speed

Final transmission system Chain

Primary reduction ratio 67 / 41 (1.634)

Secondary reduction ratio 41 / 16 (2.563)

Gear ratio 1st gear 39 / 15 (2.600)

Gear ratio 2nd gear 37 / 17 (2.176)

Gear ratio 3rd gear 35 / 19 (1.824)

Gear ratio 4th gear 30 / 19 (1.579)

Gear ratio 5th gear 29 / 21 (1.381)

Gear ratio 6th gear 30 / 24 (1.250)


Frame Diamond

Front suspension Telescopic forks, Ø 43 mm

Front wheel travel 120 mm

Rear suspension Swingarm (link suspension)

Rear wheel travel 120 mm

Caster angle 24º

Trail 102 mm

Front brake Dual Hydraulic Discs, Ø 320 mm

Rear brake Single Hydraulic Disc, Ø 220 mm

Front tyre 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)

Rear tyre 190/55 ZR17M/C (75W)


Overall length 2,055 mm

Overall width 690 mm

Overall height 1,150 mm

Seat height 855 mm

Wheelbase 1,405 mm

Min. ground clearance 130 mm

Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 199 kg

Fuel capacity 17 litres

Oil capacity 3.9 litres

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