Last month, we got a bit excited about the announcement of the brilliant Yamaha YZF-R1 bike. Now we're able to fill in the gaps as Yamaha reveal more details about this exciting machine.
Firstly, the Japanese manufacturer has announced how much this fine piece of engineering will set you back. For the plain vanilla YZF-R1 machine, the basic cost will be £14,999; while the higher specced YZF-R1M variant adds a few quid to the price tag – it's going to be £18,499.
The good news is that you can now register your interest in the stock YZF-R1 through your local Yamaha dealer (that's us, by the way, with all the after-sales care that you'd expect from one of the UK's leading motorcycle sales teams), while you'll have to go direct to Yamaha direct for the M type. Yamaha say delivery of the M will be in the first half of 2015, so put it on your Christmas list.

The US bike press has already had a first look at the new YZF-R1, so we're able to bring you news of what they think.

Ultimate Motorcycling says that the new Yamaha gets an upgraded engine, all-new electronics and new look styling that departs radically from the old YZF-R1 models. According to them, the 998cc engine features "titanium fracture split connecting rods delivering extremely high horse power and a strong pulse of linear torque for outstanding performance". This means approximately 200hp, incredible output for a production road bike.

There's been much talk about the new electronics, which features a monitoring system that measures pitch, roll, yaw, acceleration in three dimensions, 125 times per second. That means the bike is always working with the rider to put the machine in the correct attitude for whatever you're doing. That's traction control, lean angle calculation slide control, and anti-wheelie control to you and me. The whole machine working to keep itself on two wheels, the right way up, with you on top.

Trust us, it's an incredible bike for the experienced rider, and it's ready for UK riders now. Talk to Colin Appleyard today to book a test ride.