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)
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