Yamaha UK's Marketing Manager, Jeff Turner, talked us through three of their key new models for 2015, theR1, R3 and MT-09 Tracer at the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC this week.
The R1, which was unveiled at the Milan motorcycle show by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo (Click here for the full spec), contains 90% of the electronics that can be found on Rossi's MotoGP bike. The R1 will be available from March 2015 while the more track-focussed R1M will be available only via application due to its limited numbers. That process opens on Monday 1st December.
The MT-09 Tracer is described by Yamaha's Jeff Turner as the "right price at the right time" with its 115bhp three-cylinder engine from the MT-09. Yamaha claim it has the protection of a sports-tourer as well as traction control, ABS, hand guards, panniers, adjustable seat, revised suspension and revised 2015 mapping. The MT-09 was criticised for slightly jerky fueling on the current bike. This version is meant to be an all-rounder with MT character and long distance potential.
The Tracer is available in February for £8,149.
Onto the new YZF-R3 and with a new R1 at one end of the range, an unchanged R6 as well as a successful R125, there was a gap in Yamaha's range.
Yamaha now has a complete step-up through the R-range with the new R3. It's A2 licence compliant and more of an all-day, practical bike with a high torque engine.
The R3 will be available in UK dealers from April 2015 and be priced around £4,700.
Bike Social's Marc Potter also went to see the Yamaha race bike display which featured the 0W01 which won British championships with Terry Rymer and Rob McElnea.
Also on the stand is the YZF750R which had numerous success with James Whitham and Niall Mackenzie on-board, and the British Superbike 2011 Championship-winning bike that Tommy Hill rode.
After a few lack-lustre years for Yamaha's model range, the Japanese firm was keen that their dealers get excited again with the new models and held a party on the stand to get them fired-up for the new models to sell to the likes of us.
Have you seen the R1 yet? What do you think?