Yamaha YZF R1
To many of us, the 2013 Yamaha R1, for the last nine years, has been one thing above all other superbikes — an ultimate cornering machine. The introduction of the crossplane crankshaft in 2009 complimented that prowess by enhancing a rider’s feel of what the rear wheel was doing, meaning you could get on the power that much earlier in complete confidence. Compared to the previous model, this version didn’t changed too much. However, the main upgrade is the addition of a traction control system. If in the past traction control was a rarity among motorcycles, in the latest years has started to become a mainstream feature. Priced at INR 12.60 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi, Yamaha R1 is cheaper than many of its rivals and enjoys a big price difference. It has got just the perfect recipe with a lot of MotoGP blended in it - 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 YZF R1 Bikes
998 cc, Petrol, 20 KmplRs 15,60,183*
998 cc, Petrol, 20 KmplRs 29,43,100*
Yamaha YZF R1
When it comes to Yamaha, we know that they have been known for producing some real high quality motorcycles that have some sheer amount of menacing power-packed performance just out of this world. If a motorcycle which is already in perfect condition is getting an update for more perfection, then how it would be? Definitely, the motorcycle will be at the best degree. Yup! We are talking about the finest superbike of Japanese motorcycle giant, the YZF R1. Yamaha R1 represents a paradigm shift in technology, performance and controllability among litre class sport bikes. It’s a motorcycle that has everything you need for the racetrack, but is still civil enough for the street. You’d think that would be its undoing—after all, don’t you want the street cred owning the meanest, baddest, most un-tamable junkyard animal of a sportbike? And then comes the real thrill,one thing that the 2012 R1 has that no other bike in its class does: An engine truly derived from MotoGP. So how has Yamaha YZF-R1 managed to reach this level of finesse and prompts to up the ante with this newest model, let’s find out.
Engine And Performance
Powering this mammoth Yammer is an equally big 998cc liquid cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine, which supplies the needed immaculate power to this racing machine. This DOHC 4-stroke engine has been mated with a six speed manual gearbox with a gear shift pattern of one gear down and four gears up. This engine generates a healthy power and torque output figures of 182 Bhp and 115.5 Nm, which can be achieved at 12500 rpm and 10000 rpm respectively. With such figures on paper, there is no need to tell that this bike is Yamaha’s fastest sports bike in India. And this is reflected back on the streets as well as tracks too. There are certain factors which contribute to its high quality of acceleration and performance. Firstly, it uses a light weight frame which helps it to cut down its weight and get better power to weight ratio than its competitors. Secondly, Yamaha has induced their chip controlled throttle, YCC-T technology, which is inspired from its highly regarded MotoGP model, YZR-M1. This helps this bike to get off to a flying start after every gear shift. This situation further improves with its well matched gear ratios which always prompt you to rev this bike hard which is the only way to keep it on the move. Along with this, the Crossplane crankshaft technology proven in victory after victory on MotoGP machines provides a high-tech uneven firing interval. Unlike typical inline-four engine design, where the two outer and two inner pistons move together in pairs with 180° intervals, the crossplane crankshaft has each connecting rod 90° with a unique firing order of 270° – 180° – 90° – 180°. This overcomes the inherent fluctuations in inertial torque during each engine revolution, and the accompanying peaky torque characteristics. Instead, combustion torque continues to build, giving the rider more linear throttle response with awesome power and traction out of the corners.The maximum power arrives at 12500 rpm and with its smooth gear transitions; it’s quite easy to reach there. 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 mere 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, due to its peak power available at higher rpms. The R1 is proving to be very dynamic and also fuel efficient with an efficiency of 12 kmpl.
Braking And Handling
You don’t look for much comfort on these bikes, as the priority is serious outright performance. Still, Yamaha has tried their best to please you with its well-padded rider seat and adjustable foot-pegs. One can set these foot-pegs according to their height which keeps you on the safer side. The knees stick firmly around its fat tank to give you a tight grip of this bike. It offers extremely sporty posture which gives you a clear view of the road. You always have to bend forward to reach its handle bar which is also convenient to hold and gives you an aerodynamic position. The pillion rider is going to face tough times as the perch is too small and uncomfortable for longer distances, though the back seat comfort has never been found in priority list of such bikes, so that’s not an issue. 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 a racing bike which needs to have a quick and responsive handling and to do so; Yamaha chose a lighter aluminium frame which also reduced its wheelbase to 1415mm for swift and light handling. The bike comes with a ground clearance of 135mm which improves its dynamics and that’s quite evident at high speeds. The new age suspension system is able to hold this bike properly at high speeds as you never feel the weight of this bike while changing lanes frequently. All these unmatched qualities make gthis machine delightful around corners as it steers perfectly and always boosts your confidence. The road grip provided by the fatty R17 tyres used in this bike is really commendable too.
The Yamaha YZF R1 is impeccable in offering perennial safety features such as ABS, traction control, disc brakes and many more. That's the profit when you make a motorcycle on the lines of MotoGP.
The belligerent Yamaha YZF R1 comes in many shades including all popular black, blue and white . The body colour is painted at the front portion of the bike and both the side flaring and even the rear grab rail. The stickers at the bike create magic that add to the sporty image of the machine.
Brutal looks, unmatched performance, traction control.
Price, maintenance, pillion comfort.
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