Yamaha R1 2015 first test. Track day

Yamaha YZF-R1 2015 is strong and agile like a big cat. It’s purring until 7500 rpm but it roars in high RPM. With electronic systems borrowed from MotoGP, The new R1 almost defies the laws of physics. We have tested the new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 on the Serres race track, along with her sister, the R1M.

The weekend we spent at Serres was the end of a fully loaded week where we had a new bike each day. The press conference held the night before had only further enhanced our curiosity. And although it rained in the morning of the test, the weather joined our side eventually. By 9 AM, the sun was up and we were on the circuit, with our racing suits on and ready for action. The test sessions were programed to last until 5 PM with an hour break for lunch.

The 2015 Yamaha R1 has more in common with Rossi and Lorenzo’s YZR-M1 than with the first generation YZF-R1. It’s for the first time when MotoGP technology is available on a road registered motorcycle. At least, that’s what the Yamaha’s project manager Oliver Grill stated at presentation. Now it was time to see the business combination of the 200 HP and electronic systems.

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Yamaha R1 2015 electronics

It seems that in recent years, in each motorcycle r&d center, there is a “battle” between internal engineers. First, the experts in mechanics are trying to obtain as much power and as much torque from a certain displacement, without sacrificing reliability. On the other side are those who elaborate electronic systems so that this power could be tempered and controlled. And we love that battle.

The good part of the new Yamaha R1 is that electronic systems are adjustable, so if you want power slides or wheelie, you can do them without any intervention from the computer. When starting the bike, it seems you turn on a computer server. You can choose between two display settings : street or race.

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In addition to the four steering modes (A, B, C, D) for control purposes we have the LCS WPS, PWR, TCS, SCS, LIF, ERS and ABS. A detailed analysis of these acronyms would be a long and tedious exposure such as biblical psalms (if you’re curious, you find in any brochure Yamaha R1). The general idea is that all systems are adjustable in several steps and they help you to get a quick launch from START, shift gears more quickly, adjust throttle response, traction control, suspensions and brakes. The Yamaha YZF-R1 2015 has three acceleration sensors and three gyro sensors that analyze 125 times per second how the bike behaves. Brilliant.

Yamaha R1 is Ready to race

It is enough to jump in the saddle and you can realize that the engine screams extreme sportiness. After two laps the Conti Race Attack Continental Comp tires warmed up and we started to enjoy what the new Yamaha R1 can offer. Compact and agile as a 600cc, the R1 jumps from a turn to another instantly, no matter what gear.

Another attraction of the Yamaha R1 is the Crossplane engine. Besides the fact that it sounds unlike any other four-cylinder engine, it delivers torque in a pleasant way so you can feel confident after exiting turns.

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The way Yamaha R1 behaves when braking at the end of the straight line is almost physics defying. You feel like landing space shuttles after releasing its parachute. Even if you brake hard, the bike will not make any move that would surprise you. All of the R1’s responses are highly manageable.

The Yamaha R1M comes in addition with professional adjustable semi active Ohlins electronic suspensions, carbon fairings and GPS or CCU (Communications Control Unit). TheR1M bike settings can be adjusted wireless from a tablet or smartphone.

Yamaha R1 2015 – One of the best

The power to weight ratio and advanced electronic systems make the 2015 Yamaha R1 one of the most sophisticated and advanced superbikes on the market. The MotoGP technology is not a marketing gimmick but a palpable reality. Noble materials are also present such as: aluminum (frame, swing arm, tank), magnesium (wheels, the stems), titanium (evacuation, rods) or carbon (R1M). The Yamaha YZF-R1 2015 cost 19,700 euros and it’s more expensive than its direct competitor, the BMW S1000RR, but it’s cheaper than Ducati Panigale. The new S 1000 RR costs 17.150 euros in the basic version and 19,000 euros full option. The 1299 Panigale costs 21,700 euros and 1299 Panigale S costs 26,000 euros. We look forward to see what will be the difference in seconds on the track at the first comparison test.

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