Yamaha Releases Y-TRAC System App For 2015 YZF-R1M
As if owning a Yamaha YZF-R1M isn’t reason enough to jump for joy, Yamaha USA has announced the launch of a new app that could redefine the way owners ride the YZF-R1M. Basically, the app, called Y-TRAC System, allows riders to connect their Android devices with the YZF-R1M’s Ride Control (YRC) system, opening up a new world of information about the bike’s performance that everyday riders normally aren’t privy to.
This type of information can normally be seen on a factory race team’s pitbox so you can understand why Yamaha is promoting it with so much fervor. With the Y-TRAC System, riders will now have access to a wide range of data from their YZF-R1M bikes, including engine RPM, throttle position, front/rear wheel speed, gear position, lean angle, pitch (front-to-back), front/rear brake pressure, engine coolant temperature, ambient air temperature, fuel usage and acceleration. Talk about comprehensive, right?
Should an owner be the type who loves to geek over the data being recorded to the app, he or she can even download the info to the app where they can analyze whatever data they deem important to them. Oh, it doesn’t end there, either. Supposing an owner finds something on the bike that needs to be tweaked, he or she can change the YZF-R1M’s settings from within the app and upload it back to the bike.
I don’t think owners of the YZF-R1M are going to need any more prodding to download the Y-TRAC application. It’s already available for downloading at the Google Play Store. Don’t worry, Apple users. Your turn will come this summer when the app becomes available on iTunes.
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Why it matters
If there was ever a clear-cut sign on how technology has dominated our everyday lives, this one has to rank pretty high up on any list. It’s one thing to ride a superbike like the Yamaha YZF-R1M and pay close attention to all the readings in the instrument panel. But it’s another thing entirely to have the information fed to your smatphone or tablet while also allowing you to tweak whatever changes need to be made on your bike.
This kind of thing would have been next to impossible 10 years ago and yet, here we are.
The Y-TRAC System will redefine the way people look at the YZF-R1M. As if the bike isn’t awesome enough on its own, you now have an app that basically allows owners to have unprecedented control of their bike in ways only race teams were once privy to.