We knew there were a couple new R1s coming, we reported about them in our Top 10 Bikes To See At EICMA, and here they officially are: The new YZF-R1 and limited-edition YZF-R1M. Yamaha says the two R1 models will have as big an impact on sportbikes as the original R1 had nearly two decades ago. Hyperbole we’ll examine later, but there’s certainly a lot to be excited about with these new liter class weapons. Electronics is the name of the performance game nowadays and the R1 is awash in electrons. Like Ducati’s Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) reported earlier this morning, and similar in concept to the system first seen on KTM’s 1190 Adventure, Yamaha is now boasting one of its own. The six-axis IMU is responsible for banking-sensitive Traction Control, as well as Slide Control, and Anti-Wheelie Control. The 2015 R1 also boasts a quickshifter, Launch Control, ABS, and a Unified Braking System.

The M1-inspired fairing on the new R1 is equipped with LED position lights and two small-diameter LED headlights positioned on either side of the central air intake

The M1-inspired fairing on the new R1 is equipped with LED position lights and two small-diameter LED headlights located on either side of the central air intake

The new 998cc crossplane-concept, inline Four-cylinder engine has twin injectors fueling each cylinder and is said to be nine pounds lighter than the current engine as well 1.2 inches narrower. A bi-directional spray in the lower injectors directs fuel toward the back of the intake valves while at high RPMs, the secondary injectors boost in fuel delivery. The R1 features titanium fracture-split connecting rods, which are around 60% lighter than steel. A new Deltabox aluminum frame with a 10mm shorter wheelbase was developed for the 2015 R1. The stressed member engine is mounted rigidly to the frame at four points. There’s also an upward-truss-type aluminum swingarm, and titanium exhaust with a midship muffler.

The new R1’s engine features a magnesium oil pan, engine covers and cylinder head cover

The new R1’s engine features a magnesium oil pan, engine covers and cylinder head cover

Keeping with the lightweight theme, the R1 boasts a weight-reducing aluminum fuel tank (3.5 pounds lighter than steel), a magnesium subframe and magnesium wheels. Claimed wet weight of the new R1 is said to be 439 pounds. The 2015 YZF-R1 will be available in three color options: Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, Rapid Red/Pearl White, and Raven. Bikes will available in dealerships by late February for the retail price of $16,490. YZF-R1M The R1M showcases an additional range of components including Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), carbon fiber bodywork (upper fairing, side fairings, and front fender), and a Communication Control Unit (CCU) with GPS that enables the rider to capture ride data (including GPS tracking) and then download it via WiFi to the Yamaha Y-trac smartphone and tablet app. Once the data is downloaded, the rider can analyze it overlaid with the track map, make setting changes, and upload those changes back to the R1M.

“The R1M is as close to race-ready as I’ve ever seen in a production bike,” says four-time AMA Pro Superbike Champion Josh Hayes. “I can’t wait to race it next year in the new MotoAmerica series.”

“The R1M is as close to race-ready as I’ve ever seen in a production bike,” says four-time AMA Pro Superbike Champion Josh Hayes. “I can’t wait to race it next year in the new MotoAmerica series.”

The R1M features specially developed tires from Bridgestone. The 200/55-ZR17 rear tire and 120/70-ZR17 front tire use a special compound formulated to optimize the performance characteristics of the R1.

The Ohlins Electronic Racing Suspension has three manual modes where a rider can fine tune the settings

The Ohlins Electronic Racing Suspension has three manual modes where a rider can fine tune the settings

Additional R1M features include a clear-coated aluminum fuel tank, a highly polished aluminum swingarm, gold-colored front radial-mount calipers, specially finished gold inner tubes on the 43mm Öhlins front forks, and a special R1M badge on the airbox cover. Less than 500 of the limited-edition model R1Ms in its Carbon Fiber/Liquid Metal color scheme will be available in the U.S. Like the standard R1, the R1M will be in dealerships around late February but with a substantially steeper price tag of $21,990.

Follow the rest of our 2014 EICMA Show coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

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  • Guest

    I thought that front end looked familiar…

  • Jeremy

    Whaa, whaa, whaaaaaaa. I am sure Honda appreciates Yamaha updating their 1000RR. I waited 5 years for this butt ugly unholy offspring of every motorcycle manufacturer out there? It looks like a chop shop got a hold of it and started playing Mr. Potato Head. Front end of a Honda RC-213V, tail inspired by the new Kawi H2R, tank vents from a S1000RR, side profile from a RC51, swing arm from a S1000RR, side pipe from a Suzuki.

    • Antwan

      LOL

      Yeah I am sure they based the design of the tail from the H2r which just recently went public.

      They release their most potent street bike yet, and you want to cry about how it looks.

      Stick to your stretched ‘busa or gixxer, you lame ass squid.

    • Stuki

      And you, sir, have no sense of aesthetics whatsoever……… :)

      I love the way this one looks. From the squared off profile to the slightly more upright and taller windscreen to the way the color on the grey blends with the muffler and the engine parts to the way Yamaha leapfrogged even KTM in re imagining headlights for the LED era…….. The only blemish, is the darned gold anodized forks everyone seems to stick on every bike of every kind these days…. I like it enough in fact, that a Japanese make may just have introduced THE best looking bike at THE Italian MC show…….. And those Ducs aren’t exactly bad looking, either….

      On Yamaha’s site, they have a picture of the swingarm. It’s shaped, full of cutouts; looks stiff, light and sleek at the same time. Knocks those SS swingarms back to the 90s where they belong alongside undertail exhausts…..

      :)

    • Thangtea Thangx

      Dickhead, whats so ugly about it, it looks race ready, kawasaki h2r should be in tranformers movie, sr1000rr should be with mickey mouse, panigale what a beauty!!!! Shame that nobody wants to ride it, honda fireblade!!!!!!!!!, don’t even get me started…

    • Thangtea Thangx

      Yeh, let me get myself started, honda fireblade is the worst looking SBK ever, it makes me wanna throw up, looks more like a commuter than a track machine…sr1000rr may be the most potent SBK yet, but looks like a trash can, who in their right mind would appreciate its odd looking heads, yeh, new one looks more animated…kawasaki h2R!!!! come on, are u like 5,6,7 or somethin?????

  • little britches

    The dual clutch thingy disappeared with the single sided swingarm! Still a pretty impressive spec sheet, what is the rear wheel HP going to be? Better be near 175 or it will be 2009 all over again.

    • Kevin Duke

      If it is as MotoGP-derived as Honda indicates, it will surely have more than 200 crankshaft horsepower.

  • Craig Hoffman

    It definitely has a more pugnacious “Butch” look to it.

    The original ’98 R1 remains one of my favorites. Probably has to do with it being quite revolutionary when it was released. We were used to heavy and clumsy liter bikes, that original R1 was light and downright pretty, and it packed a wallop at the time.

  • Old MOron

    Well, who knows what Honda’s RC213V-S has under the plastics, but in terms of aesthetics, victory to Yamaha.

  • sagittarius

    i have no word to explain the yzf r1m,it is just awesome wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww