Video: All-new 2015 Yamaha R1 being ridden by Cameron Beaubier at Chuckwalla Raceway
The Yamaha R1 has always been an iconic bike, setting the standard for others to follow. The new-gen 2015 spec bike was recently taken for a spin at the Chuckwalla Raceway by none other then Cameron Beaubier. The 2015 R1 is a completely different bike as compared to its predecessor.
The new bike has been developed to give the consumers an experience of a track spec bike. The 2015 Yamaha R1 is propelled by a completely new inline 4-cylinder 4-valve crossplane engine, which produces 200PS. All that without the use of ram air induction! A lot of technical changes have been made to the bike to enhance performance. The bike, now sitting on a shorter wheelbase, weighs only 199Kgs. The weight reduction can be attributed to the use of magnesium subframe and magnesium alloy wheels, which are lighter and also offer superior strength at the same time. The updated Yamaha R1 will be the first ever to feature a 6-axis Inertia Measurement Unit (IMU). This will be the first time such technology will be used on a street legal bike. To give the rider better stability, the bike also comes equipped with banking sensitive control, slide control, Front lift controller, quickshifter, Launch control and ABS with a unified brake system amongst other things.
Video of the 2015 Yamaha R1 model being ridden by Cameron Beaubier around the Chuckwalla speedway has been shown below. He is seen preparing for the MotoAmerica AMA superbike Series starting in April 2015.