New Yamaha R1 unveiled at Eicma

New YZF superbike makes 200hp and weighs 199kg fuelled

THIS is Yamaha's 2015 R1, with more power, less weight and a sophisticated new electronics package.

The new version of the flagship sports bike makes a claimed 200hp and weighs 199kg wet, 18hp more and 7kg less than the current model. It gives the new R1 a power-to-weight ratio of more than 1hp/kg and one of the best available in any bike on the market.

It's got a new crossplane engine with titanium fracture-split conrods, a 10.5-litre airbox, two-directional fuel injectors and a titanium exhaust.

Highlights of the new eletronics package include banking-sensitive traction control and ABS, launch and lift control, power modes and a quick-shifter. A modified chassis features an asymetrical aluminium deltabox for compact dimensions and a short wheel-base. It's got a magnesium sub-frame, aluminium tank and cast magnesium wheels. 

The fairing design is influenced by Yamaha's M1 MotoGP bike with a central ram air take, according to the firm.

Yamaha also unveiled a higher-spec limited edition called the R1M, with Ohlins Electronic Racing Suspension, a data-logging system with integrated GPS, and the capability to upload new settings from a mobile phone or connect wirelessly to a tablet.

Both bikes were revealed at a press conference in Milan tonight by MotoGP legends Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, who acted as development riders on the project. The machines are due to be shown at this week's Eicma Milan motorcycle show.

The new YZF-R1 will cost around £15,500 when it comes to the UK in March next year. The R1M will cost roughly £20,000.