Doesn’t have anything to do with the R15S of India 😀
Yamaha unveiled the new R1 last year at the EICMA with tons of technological betterments over its outgoing version. The R1 is controversially gorgeous and to widen its appeal, the company has launched a new variant, YZF R1S, into the lineup in USA.
The R1S looses out on the glittery and ‘ahh so expensive’ components, the quickshifter though continues to be available as an optional extra.
The engine remains largely the same in-line four cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC mill but it loses out on most of its magnesium parts for aluminium ones. This includes the oil pan, engine cover and wheels. Even the titanium connecting rods and exhaust headers have been replaced with steel ones.
The bike also gets new valve springs which leads to slightly lowered red line. The company though has not specified the figure. Even the output is expected to be reduced but Yamaha has kept even that as a secret. The weight (wet) increases to 203.2 kg which is 4 kilos more than the full blown R1.
The tyres have been downgraded a bit but can still be expected to be pretty sticky. What has not changed is the chassis, suspension and the electronics package. So you will continue to get a six axis Inertial Measurement Unit of the ECU which in turn activates the Yamaha Ride Control (YRC). The YRC includes traction control, wheelie control, launch control, and even slide control programs. The titanium mufflers also remain the same.
The new R1S will get two colour options:
- Matte Grey
- Intensity White/Raven/Rapid Red
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Yamaha R1S has been priced at 14,990 US dollars (Rs 9.74 lakhs), $ 2000 lesser than the R1 and aims to target value concious buyers. Yamaha sells both the new R1 and R1M in India as CBUs at Rs 22,34,300 and Rs 29,43,100 ex-showroom in Delhi respectively. The R1S, if and when it comes here may cost under 20 Lakhs.