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The Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M Sport Bikes to Hit the Streets Next Year

The nearly 1,000 cc motorcycles draw inspiration from Yamaha’s seven-figure MotoGP race bike…

The recently unveiled 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 was inspired by the advanced engineering and design of the company’s seven-figure MotoGP race bike. At the heart of the new sport bikes—the YZF-R1 ($16,490) and its more aggressive spin-off, the YZF-R1M ($21,990)—are 4-cylinder, 998 cc power plants with aggressively tuned components, including titanium fracture-split connecting rods, a first for production motorcycles. Because all that power is nothing without control, a complex electronics suite—with a six-axis gyrometer that measures ride dynamics and modulates throttle and brake application accordingly—ensures optimum handling and power delivery. Magnesium wheels and other lightweight parts help keep the curb weight of the R1 down to just 439 pounds. The R1M version adds carbon-fiber components, an electronically adjustable Öhlins suspension setup, and a built-in GPS system that connects to smartphones via Wi-Fi. Rounding out both bikes is MotoGP-inspired bodywork that discreetly hides a thin row of LED headlights. Both bikes will be available beginning in February. (yamahamotorsports.com)

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