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Top 10: Best New 2015 Bikes


by Pascal Bastien ,

No. 1
2015 Yamaha YZF-R1
Yamaha's latest weapon of mass acceleration should be feared by all on the starting grid. The company has put its entire know-how into the YZF-R1 to set new benchmarks for superbikes, achieving 200 hp with a machine that weighs 200kg (all tanks full). Additionally, numerous electronic aids from Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit mark a clear improvement from the generic, road-oriented system.

Whereas the old model often felt like wielding a heavy hammer through S-turns and striking an anvil in switchbacks, the chassis of the new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 is a marvel of grace and precision. In corners, the bike stays neutral, easy to steer, and predictable in all phases. You can brake late and hard without compromising safety, and then shoot your way out at full throttle even on rough pavement. Good luck trying to upset the chassis – it is arguably the biggest upgrade over the previous edition.

The great thing on the track is that the various electronic assist systems prove extremely competent and transparent, yet do not affect the riding skills involved or the thrills you enjoy. Just choose the settings based on your experience, and the YZF-R1 will act as an extension of your body and mind.

So, after five years with little change, the fearsome Yamaha evolved substantially and now eclipses its domestic rivals, setting the stage for a tight race with the best from Europe.
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