2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 STG Project Bike

The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 literally blurs the line between MotoGP and bike available to mere mortals. This bike has more trickle down technology from MotoGP than any other offered before. I ordered this bike immediately after watching the video unveiling and have been patiently waiting for its arrival. My intention with this project is to first do a street / track day build and once that is completed I will begin prepping it for track only duty. It has been a while since I have ridden the same bike for more than a season so I am looking forward to keeping this one for 2-3 so we have more time to make friends. Every bike deserves a proper name and I have landed on Elaine.

Unfortunately this is not going to be a giveaway bike (we have a Suzuki for 2015) but the project will still be a ton of fun. Once I am ready to move on we will offer the bike for sale. – Brian Van

How to install a Graves Fender Eliminator Kit on a 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

The stock rear fender on the new R1 is the first thing that needed to go. Van installed a Graves 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Fender Eliminator in it’s place. Graves does a great job across the board but when it comes to their Yamaha Parts they knock it out of the park. The fender eliminator is a perfect example of just that. Our install reused the stock LED rear turn signals and delivered a clean, race ready look as expected.

This fender eliminator kit took a little more engineering than most do to produce a finished product worthy of being installed on the R1. The kit includes a full set of instructions with pictures to help with the install and ensure you get a good clean result. Graves covered all the bases with this one and I would recommend it for sure.

How to install a Graves Cat Eliminator Exhaust System on a 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

The stock exhaust system needs to go for many reasons and Graves is a great choice. Van installed a Graves 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Cat Eliminator Exhaust System on the STG Project Bike. This system reuses the stock header and replaces the cat/muffler box as well as the canister. The performance is very close to that of the full system, it shaves about 14 lbs and the cost is about half of the full system which makes for a well rounded package. The install is pretty straight forward for the most part with the most difficult part being the Lambda sensor on the throttle side as I had to partially remove the fuel tank to deal with it.

Graves and Yamaha are like Corona and limes, they belong together and do not disappoint. Graves has been racing Yamaha’s at the highest level here in the US for a long time with a ton of success. All that goes right into their parts so it’s hard to go wrong IMO.

How to install a Graves Moto1 Slip-On Exhaust on a 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

The stock exhaust system is not even close to being sexy enough for this bike. Van installed a Graves 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Moto1 Slip-On Exhaust System on the STG Project Bike. The install is a breeze, taking 5-10 minutes and requires the use of two allen wrenches. Personally I really like the look of this canister design, it looks amazing on this bike. This system keeps the stock catalyst, muffler box and EXUP valve on the bike so there is no need to install a fuel controller or a tune which is nice as it saves money. Weight of the stock can is 3.4 lbs. and the Graves Slip-On is only 1.6 lbs. shaving nearly 2 lbs. The difference in sound as compared to the stock canister really surprised me, it sounds every bit as good as it looks!

I would recommend this for a rider looking to enhance the look and sound of the R1 that does not want to invest in a system that eliminates the emission control systems and requires additional expense for tuning, block off plate installation and an exhaust servo eliminator to turn off the engine light once the EXUP is removed.

How to install a SkutrNet Exhaust Servo Buddy on a 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

If you install an exhaust system that allows for removal of the EXUP valve and servo it will require the use of a servo eliminaor of some sort to prevent the check engine light from turning on. Van installed a SkutrNet Yamaha YZF-R1 Exhaust Servo Buddy on the STG Project Bike. The install is not very difficult and removing the servo motor assembly helps to shave a little more weight as well as clean up the electronics bay in the tail. The SkutrNet part is well made and we have a seasons worth of experience with them as we also installed it on the Honda CBR1000RR Project Bike in 2014.

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