Chapter One: Infused in 1998
R-DNA infused in 1998
Technology developments influenced the headlight design
Toshiyuki Yasunaga from the YMC Design Center and designer Isao Sakata talk us through the elements that made the first R1 so special and that have become part of today’s R-series design DNA.
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Chapter Two: Linked with technology
Toshiyuki Yasunaga from the YMC Design Center comments on the influence of technology and design and remarks: “When technology moves forward, design changes dramatically, both in shape and size.”
Isao Sakata illustrates this with examples regarding silhouettes and lines. Also the aerodynamics are discussed. See how the iconic dual headlight design evolved over the years!
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Chapter Three: The connection with the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike
2015 YZF1000R1 The connection with the M1 MotoGP bike
Our collegues discuss the influence the M1 had on the R-series design. Also an interesting discussion on what makes a design typically Yamaha. Isao Sakata says: “For Yamaha product designers, creating beautiful forms is a given, but that’s not all. We express the product’s philosophy, and the ideals and thoughts of the engineers, through the form and overall feel of the bike." <SHIFT+click to open Chapter Three in a new window>
Chapter Four: Innovation
Innovation The challenges the staff had to face
Zooming in on the 2015 R1: As a flagship model it had be innovative, not only from a technical point of view but from a design point of view as well. Design planner Toshiyuki Yasunaga explains the process that led to the special design of this new R1, and the sometimes surprising discoveries they made along the way. Designer Sakata explains how his sketches had the M1’s DNA in the bike, without being a copy of the M1.
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Chapter 5: The right staff
A look behind the scenes regarding the difficult challenges the design staff had to face, from designer to digital modeller and our clay modeller who talks about doing everything possible to make the bike more tight and compact, down to 1mm or 0.5mm increments... <SHIFT+click to open Chapter Five in a new window>