Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale

The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 is a dedicated sports bike and is powered by a 998cc inline four engine which puts out 197bhp. It was originally launched in 1998 with updates in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012.

Yamaha YZF-R1

What Is It?

  • Very fast, agile, great handling, all the toys, excellent dashboard
  • Seat can be quite hard, aggressive riding position, heavy on the fuel

Launched in February 2015 with a power output of 197bhp and a plethora of electronics to aid the rider. Tweaks include self adjusting suspension, race style traction control, GPS tracking and larger 320mm disc brakes. The explosion of electronics was aimed squarely at competing better with the S1000RR. Peak power is achieved at 11,500rpm.

  • New 998cc crossplane 4-cylinder engine
  • Dual 320mm discs up front with 2 piston calipers
  • 220mm disc at the rear with single piston caliper
  • Fully adjustable 43mm KYB fork and KYB shock
  • 6-axis IMU with Gyro/G sensors for 3D motion data
  • New short wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame
  • Magnesium wheels and aluminium fuel tank
  • New TFT LCD instruments
  • Launch control, quickshifter
  • Progressive anti-wheelie system
  • Titanium 4->2->1 exhaust system

The bike features a linked ABS system whereby the bike will apply an equal braking force on the rear wheel when the rider deploys the front brakes. When both brakes are used the system controls the balance between front and rear but when only the rear brake is used the system doesn't interfere.

Accessories include an Akrapovic full system evolution Titanium exhaust system (£2,130), Akrapovic full Titanium system (£1,640), Akrapovic slip on silencer (£670), sprint screen (£115), pillion seat cover (£200) and LED indicators (£89).

Available colours:

  • 2015: Red/white, blue/silver, grey/black
  • 2016: Blue/silver, red/white, yellow/black 60th SE
  • 2017-2018: Black, blue

For £18,750 the limited edition R1M adds semi-active Ohlins electronic racing suspension, carbon fairing, GPS data logger, some magnesium additional components and premium tyres. Less than 500 will be built so don't expect to see many on the used market.

2016: 60th Anniversary edition model for £15,749 featuring a yellow/black/white colour scheme with racing block graphics and an Akrapovic silencer.

2018: Up/down quickshifter with smooth and fast settings.

2019: GYTR 20-unit limited edition with red/white colour scheme, race wiring and ECU, Ohlins FGRT 219 fork, TTX36 GP shock and Akrapovic Evolution 2 Titanium exhaust system. Check the pics above.

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2015 £11,000 £8,800 £7,700 3,900
2016 £12,050 £9,650 £8,450 2,800
2017 £13,200 £10,550 £9,250 2,100
2018 £14,400 £11,500 £10,100 1,200
2019 £16,500 £13,250 £11,600 600

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Model History

The R1 launched in 1998 with a 998cc inline four engine producing 150bhp at 10,000rpm. 

2000 shaved weight with a Titanium muffler, 177kg down to 175kg dry.

2002 improved suspension, frame stiffness and introduced a completely Titanium 4-2-1 exhaust system. Power increased to 152bhp and dry weight dropped another 1kg down to 174kg.

The first major re-design appeared in 2004 with a 1:1 power to weight ratio i.e. 172bhp at 12,500rpm and 172kg dry. There were also dual beam headlights and radial brake calipers.

2006 bumped the power up to 175bhp and shifted the balance of weight forward a little.

2007 bumped the power to 180bhp. It also introduced a slipper clutch and YCC-I.

2009 introduced the iconic eye headlights, both of which can do high and low beam. Most notably the new engine uses MotoGP crossplane crank technology and power is up to 182bhp. The Titanium exhaust is now 4-2-1-2 and there are three YCC-T riding modes.

2012 introduced 7 level traction control but little else of note. The three riding modes work with the traction control, YCC-I and YCC-T.

The latest generation launched in 2015 with a brave new look and 197bhp at 11,500rpm. Front brakes are up to 320mm, there is launch control, a quick shifter, anti-wheelie, new dashboard and the headline trick ABS system.