Yamaha R1 is India’s only Unified Braking System superbike

Combined Braking System is a mandate for bikes and scooters below 150cc in India. When one presses the rear brake (Indian tendency), 40% of front brake too is activated. This ensures a safer braking system plus a shorter time as well. No substitute to ABS but works well. However, there is another bike in India that uses this technology and a name that we all are synonymous with – Yamaha R1. The Yamaha R1 superbike is available in the Indian market and is priced at Rs 20.39 lakh, ex-showroom. Yamaha has named CBS as Unified Braking System (UBS). In the Yamaha R1, it works in a different fashion and is something we will explain in a bit. Interested in knowing more, read on on why this technology has been introduced in this bike and how it functions overall.

Yamaha R1

How does the Unified Braking System work with the Yamaha R1?

The R1’s Unified Braking System also involves ABS. Yamaha says that, “UBS inhibits unwanted rear-end motion during braking by activating the rear brake when the front brake is applied, with force distribution based on the bike’s attitude and lean angle.” In the sense, the principle here is the converse of what we have seen on the Yamaha Ray -ZR 125. Activating the front brake brings in the rear brake to play as well. Not only does this stop the bike in time but also prevents the rear wheel from hopping. Good enough, we say!

The 998cc, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine makes 200PS of power and 112Nm of torque. A 6-speed transmission with a slipper clutch and quickshifter is dialled in as well. Yamaha says that the R1 will do 0-100kmph in just 3s while the top speed borders close to 300kmph. The claimed mileage is around 13kmpl while the tank capacity is 17 litres. The wet weight of the bike is 200kg.

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