2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Is A Superbike to Remember
Published March 24, 2015
Recently released for sale, the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike has a host of features to set it apart from the crowd. This street powerhouse has been teased to the public for some time, and it was a shining moment for Yamaha when a prototype was first unveiled in Milan last year at the EICMA motorcycle show launch party. There, the YZF-R1 caused quite a commotion with its sharp styling, and the public hadn’t even seen it perform yet on the track or open road.
The YZF-R1 has a race-ready appearance, largely thanks to the positioning of the headlights. Most of Yamaha’s street bikes place the headlights in the center of the fairing, but this superbike flaunts them in the side cowlings’ leading edges, much like the speed demons you would see on many of the world’s speediest tracks. With a price tag of $16,490, the Yamaha YZF-R1 isn’t as expensive as some of its competing models, so this one is expected to be popular quickly.
Yamaha’s YZF-R1 is the first of its supersport models to feature ABS and unified braking, which the company’s engineers promise will improve the unit’s balance and handling as a whole. While balance is important, motorcycle enthusiasts are less concerned about the quality of the drive than they are about the speed. On that count, the YZF-R1 doesn’t disappoint. Everything about this street bike is designed to be as lightweight as possible, and the complete unit weighs in at a mere 439 lbs. With a 998cc four-cylinder engine putting out roughly 200 hp, the Yamaha YZF-R1 is poised to win many a race.