Yamaha struts its wares, launches YZF-R1, YZF-R1M, MT-09, and STMAX scooters

The highly anticipated EICMA 2014 in Milan, Italy hasn’t kicked off yet, but Yamaha couldn’t wait much longer as it grabbed the limelight with the unveiling of its new models, that include the improved versions of its supersport bikes (YZF-R1 and MT-09). So also, Yamaha has also launched its STMAX scooters.

In the upcoming event in Milan the YZF-R1 and its top-of –the-shelf YZF-R1M will carry the cudgels for the upbeat Japanese-based Yamaha. The two bikes will share the technology enjoyed by the MotoGP bikes brand.

The daredevil machines will be lighter at just 199 kgs as it is beefed up with lightweight components such as magnesium wheels and an aluminum fuel tank.

The two bikes are driven by an impressive a brand-new 998 cc inline four-cylinder engine with a crossplane crankshaft and capable of producing 200 hp and are sprinkled with cutting edge technology like the 6-axis position sensors, which constantly monitor and evaluate the movement of the motion of the chassis to maximize control over traction, sliding, wheelies and braking.

Not contented yet, Yamaha has also launched the newly enhanced MT-09 Tracer (or FJ-09 in the US), a variant of the MT-09 (which is known as FZ-09 in the US). Similar to the MT-09 version, the, Tracer comes with a liquid cooled 850cc inline 3-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder. The sport-touring model provides some modifications to the driving position, so as to make it convenient for riders with different body types. Yamaha also beefed up the Tracer with an aluminum body and ABS as its standard feature.

Though the prices of the YZF-R1 and R1M were not announced yet, the new models along with the Tracer bikes are expected to hit European dealerships beginning on March 2015. The MT-09 Tracer’s is also disclosed it will fetch an entry-level price of €9,500 in Europe ($11,900).

On the other end, Yamaha has also unveiled its 2015 TMAX lineup, and showcased the Iron Max. The TMax series received just a handful of tweaks and comes with an enhanced front cowling that is equipped with LED headlights, new inverted front forks for better stability, and an improved instrument panel that features backlit analog speedometer and tachometer gauges.

The company added a novelty feature too, as the 2015 TMAX also debuted with a smart key system, enabling drivers to start the bike with relative ease and convenience.

The TMAX Iron Max varies from the entry-level 2015 TMAX model as it flaunts gold-colored accents, aluminum footrests, special two-tone seat, and a special instrument panel trim.

These two new scooters will be release on December 2014.


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