BEST of the BEST 2015: Yamaha YZF-R1M

Yamaha’s overhaul of the YZF-R1M (and the base-model YZF-R1) added innovations from the brand’s YZR-M1 race bike. Among them is a slide-control system that is the first of its kind for a Yamaha production motorcycle. The system works in conjunction with another novel feature, an Inertial Measure­ment Unit. The IMU is essentially a six-axis gyrometer that makes 125 readings per second to monitor the bike’s lean angle, yaw angle, front-to-rear pitch, and tire slide.


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