Launched: Yamaha YZF-R1 facelift
The competition has just got fierce with the entry of Yamaha R1
When it comes to buying a bike, it’s like a buffet out there. From cruisers to café racer, bike manufacturers have shown us a wide range of two-wheelers. Whereas, the sports bike category have always been dominated by a few industry experts and not many try to jump into this category. Well, you can’t count Yamaha in the ‘many’ category.
Yamaha has blown off the covers of its updated R1. With 200bhp at its disposal, and keeping in mind that this bike only weighs 200kg, this thing can swallow tarmac really, really fast. The updated R1 has the same cubic capacity (998cc) as the previous one, but it has three more horses underneath, which allows the engine to hit the double ton. In a bid to save those precious kgs, Yamaha has used titanium alloy. Light weight and a powerful engine, these two components plays an important role when you are planning to beat the western frontier of the world.
While this bike will surely attract some crowd in the city, it’s a total monster on the track. It develops 197bhp at 13,500rpm and 112.4Nm at 11,500rpm. If you combine torque figures of two Tata Nanos, still the R1 has extra 2,500 at its disposal. To stop this amount of force you need some big brakes. How big? You ask, 320mm at the front and 220mm at the back, that sort of big.
If you are thinking that this is an all-power and no-brain machine, then you might want to call some experts who can make you understand stuff like: cross plane technology, the 13.0:1 compression ratio, Lift Control System and Quick Shift Setting. All this weight saving technology and space-age materials will surely dig a-big-hole in your pocket. Yamaha has kept a price tag of Rs 20.7 lakh on its mean-machine as it will be imported as CBU. Right now the R1 is available in only two colours: Yamaha blue and Tech black. Who is going to dwell about the colour options of the bike, when it can scare the hell out of you with its brutal speed.
The R1 will compete against the rest of the 1000cc super bikes like BMW S1000RR, Ducati Panigale 1299S, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS and Suzuki GSX-R1000. Do you want to see a drag race or a 6-way shootout between these superbikes? Let us know in the comment section below…