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Yamaha reveals dramatic R1 pricing

Yamaha R1
Yamaha YZF-R1

The 2014 YZF-R1 price has been slashed $3000 to make way for the hi-tech 2015 R1 arriving in March at $23,499.

Yamaha Motor Australia communications manager Sean Goldhawk has released model pricing to the public at the unveiling of the new R1 and other new models at the Melbourne Moto Expo this morning.

The current R1 costs $19,990, but Sean says they are slashing that price to $16,990 while stock lasts.2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

The new hi-tech YZF-R1 arrives in March in a choice of Race Blu, Raven and Racing Red (shown above). The totally new bike has an M1-style cowl, dual LED headlights, bigger 10.5-litre airbox, unified brakes, slipper clutch and a host of rider aids.Valentino Rossi with R1

The bike is loaded with sensors, a gyroscope and 3D motion detectors to deliver slide control, lift control and launch control, quickshift and power modes, all of which are adjustable via Yamaha Ride Control System.

The limited-edition R1M version comes with electronic suspension, data telemetry in the seat and loads of carbon fibre for $29,990. It will be available from March in Silver Blu Carbon.

Yamaha R3 Yamaha R1
Yamaha R3

Sean had previously confirmed the addition of the YZF-R3 LAMS machine to the line-up and now says it will arrive in June in Race Blue, Raven, Racing Red. “No price is set yet but it will be competitive with the Ninja 300 with performance to match a larger capacity machine,” he says.

The new YZF-R3 is powered by a 321cc parallel-twin with 31kW of power and 27Nm of torque. It’s basically a bigger version of the YZF-R25 which was unveiled for Asian markets in May.

The R3 has a tubular steel frame, a wet weight of 169kg, ABS standard with a single 298mm floating front disc and 220mm rear.

Sean also unveiled a couple of new additions to the highly successful MT-09 “Masters of Torque” range.

Yamaha MT-09 Tracer - R1
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

They are the Tracer tourer with a new windscreen, special ECU, traction control, handguards and ABS. arriving in April in Matt Grey and Lava Red and the matt-finish Sport Tracker with black frame and engine, Akrapovic exhaust, wider footrests, knee grips on the tank, gold upside-down forks and aluminium front and side number plates.

Arrival times and pricing for both MT-09 variants have not yet been announced.

However, Sean did confirm the mean-looking Bolt C-Spec cafe version will arrive in March in Envy Green, Liquid Silver. No price has yet been confirmed.

Bolt C-spec features clip-on handlebars and footpegs relocated higher and further back for a more aggressive ride, traditional fork boots, a removable passenger seat cowl, and sporty café paint and graphics.

Yamaha Bolt C-Spec
Yamaha Bolt C-Spec