Yamaha R1 is one of the oldest and most famous bikes in the world of sports bikes. The full fairing and twin headlights style of Yamaha R1 has always impressed the bikers. It always looks fascinating with full body cowl and the newest version takes the game even ahead. The new aggressively styled fairing has been extended and comes with almost no graphics except R1 printed on it. Yamaha has used nickel bolts on its fairing to mount it on the R1 and that looks cool with nicely integrated side indicators. Its cowl has full-size integrated rear view mirrors and tinted visor at its front which makes its appearance compact and sporty with twin circular headlights. New Yamaha R1 has projector headlights which are placed very near to each other forming the nose of this bike. It looks extremely aerodynamic when seen from the side thanks to its upswept muffler, under cowl and racing strips on its wheels. Its split seat and funky rear cowl complements the overall designing. The rear LED tail light and fatty tyre makes it look macho and attractive at the back. Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is its biggest challenge and Yamaha has made sure that R1 maintains its credibility by getting ranked high on the styling parameters.
Yamaha YZF R1 is underpinned by a diamond design aluminium frame and an inline four 998cc petrol engine. The YZF R1 gets telescopic forks in front and double swing arm for the rear. Given that the engine produces 179bhp @ 12500rpm and 115Nm @ 10000rpm of torque, Yamaha has fitted the front wheels with 310mm dual discs while the rear has been given a 220mm single disc. The engine sends power to the rear wheel via a chain drive and a six-speed sequential manual gearbox. As per Yamaha, R1 clocked a record top speed of nearly 285km/hr. While doing so, you shouldn?t be complaining about the refinement level of this engine. You will need only 3 seconds to reach the speed of 100km/hr from standstill. The bike is certainly impressive and feels better than its rival in terms of power delivery at high speeds.
Yamaha R1 has front projector headlights give you clarity while driving at night and its extremely wide rear tyre adds stability to this bike for your additional safety. The front suspension system of R1 is similar to the other Moto GP bikes of Yamaha. Its front telescopic forks are self-adjustable which works individually. The rear suspension includes swing arm with new linkage which adds confidence and comfort to this bike. The braking system of R1 has dual discs of 310mm at its front while at the back; it has a single disc brake of 220mm.Yamaha R1 is cheaper than many of its rivals and enjoys a big price difference. This difference should work in the favour of this bike. It has got the looks, performance and handling which you look for in a bike of this segment. Yes, it could have had more features but looking at its price, it has everything which makes it a complete value for money bike.
Yamaha offers the YFR1 in India in three ades-blue, white and WGP anniversary edition which is a combination of red and white. It competes with the Honda Fireblade CBR1000, Suzuki GSX-1000 and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in the litre class category.