2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M — An Exclusive Track Weapon

11/03/2014 @ 2:31 pm, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS


While the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 is pretty impressive in its own right, the folks at Iwata weren’t content to let things be, and thus have produced the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M. An exclusive extension of the R1, Yamaha calls the R1M the closest thing there is to the company’s GP machine, the Yamaha YZR-M1.

Featuring the same 200hp “CP4” crossplane 998cc inline-four engine as the base model, Yamaha has added Öhlins’ ERS semi-active suspension pieces to the superbike, along with carbon fiber fairings, and a robust GPS-powered data acquisition system.

The Yamaha YZF-R1M utilizes the powerful electronics package that Yamaha has developed, with traction control, launch control, wheelie control, slide control, and anti-locking brakes all acting in unison through the inertial measurement unit (IMU).

Able to know how the motorcycle is moving through six-axis, the Yamaha YZF-R1M can then tailor how it responds to rider and road inputs, via the engine, the suspension, and the brakes.

Yamaha has also fitted a communication control unit (CCU) as standard, which will allow a rider to download riding telemetry and GPS data via wifi, and then upload settings back to the R1M’s computer.

The electronics package systems breakdown as follows:

  • Power Delivery Mode (PWR), similar to the earlier “D-Mode” system, lets the rider choose from four settings of throttle-valve opening rate in relation to the degree of throttle-grip opening to best match their riding conditions.
  • Variable Traction Control System (TCS) with lean angle calculating the differential in front to rear wheel speed as well as the lean angle, it helps prevent rear wheel spin when exiting corners. As lean angle increases, so does the amount of control…with ten separate settings (off and 1-9) enabling the rider to dial in the exact level of control needed.
  • Slide Control System (SCS), the first of its kind on a production motorcycle comes directly from the YZR-M1. It works in tandem with the IMU, where, if a slide is detected while accelerating during hard leaning conditions, the ECU will step in and control engine power to reduce the slide. This too can be adjusted by the rider. Four settings (1-3 and off).
  • Lift Control System (LIF): IMU detects the front to rear pitch rate and the ECU controls engine power to reduce the front wheel lift during acceleration. Four settings (1-3 and off).
  • Launch Control System (LCS), limits engine rpms to 10,000 wide open throttle. It maintains optimum engine output in conjunction with input from the TCS and LIF systems to maximize acceleration from a standing start. Three settings (1-2 and off).
  • Quick Shift System (QSS) cuts engine output so riders can up-shift without using the clutch and closing the throttle, for quicker lap times, also with three variable settings (1-2 and off).

Available in the USA starting February 2015, the Yamaha YZF-R1M comes only in Carbon Fiber/Liquid Metal, with a price tag of $21,990 MSRP. Only 500 units will be made worldwide.



















Technical Specifications of the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M:

Engine Type 998cc, liquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC 16 valves
Bore x Stroke 79.00 x 50.9mm
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed w/multi-plate slipper clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension / Front 43mm Öhlins electronic suspension w/ inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Suspension / Rear Öhlins electronic suspension w/ single shock w/piggyback reservoir, 4-way adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual 320mm hydraulic disc; 4-piston caliper, UBS ABS
Brakes / Rear Dual 220mm hydraulic disc; UBS ABS
Tires / Front 120/70ZR17M/C
Tires / Rear 200/55ZR17M/C
L x W x H 80.9 x 27.2 x 45.3 in
Seat Height 33.9 in
Wheelbase 55.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24 º
Trail 4.0 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy** N/A
Wet Weight*** 443 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Source: Yamaha

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  • Cool paint and 443lbs wet means I can’t afford.

  • Only 500 units world wide that means I can’t have one cos you know the dealer is gonna jack that price way up so only the boys with the big bucks can have one. thanks yamaha…

  • Kudeta Merah Putih

    the color scheme ruined the not-so-nice design …. waiting for H2

  • Corey S

    I wonder why only 500 units? Are they taking a loss on each one they build? Are they building enough just so this can be the basis of a new WSB bike? It is a very lovely bike.

  • James Codey

    As a very loyal customer with long history of Ducati/MV Agusta ownership for several decades(at least the Ducati brand), I have to admit that I love this bike! I can just imagine how it will be further improved- using lighter wheels, a race exhausts system and bunch of tuning and playing with it’s electronics! Until very recently, I was very much of a brand loyalist and I guess it’s time to test the unknown water now!

  • MikeD

    Move along people, nothing NEW or worth it to see here. (-_-)

  • Jenno

    @ MikeD – Dude, you blew it… Read the spec sheet before shooting off about it. Haters gonna hate, I guess.

  • MikeD


    Our priorities are VERY different here.

    I read the whole thing and stared at her pics like I was staring at Sara Jay’s lower back . . . NOTHING about it gave me “wood”. NOTHING. Specially when she’s a butterface.

    M1 Fan Boys are gonna Fan ? ! (o_O)’

  • MikeD

    My bad, forgot this bit ———-> I guess.*

  • Jason Lambert

    @ MikeD,

    OK, I bet if the design was completely different, you would still have found a negative approach to criticize it. Now with all respect; how do you suggest that it should have been designed and looked to suit your complex and unique taste? I’m just curious!!! Should it have been like the H2? How about the Panigale? Would that have been acceptable? Would you have rather have the designers design it after the Moto GP Honda machines? How about making it appear as it came from another planet? Do you suggest any particular design drawings of your own for this matter to share with Yamaha for the future?

  • Jason Lambert

    Would you rather have the designers design it after the Moto GP Honda machines?

  • MikeD


    Why yes, just my opinion but I think both the H2 and Panigale both look better than this.
    No, I don’t want anyone trying to be the other.
    Diversity is beautiful.
    Yamaha has to be Yamaha and if this is them . . . well, is fine . . . is just some guy on the Web with some opinion.
    I just happen to think is ugly.
    For the record, I don’t follow MotoGP. Too cheap for that.
    If I had to dress it like something else before her I would like it if looked like that crazy Aprilia GP Bike.


  • MikeD

    P.S: I have been told before my tastes are VERY questionable . . . ROTFLMAO.

  • Jaybond

    Come on, it’s just a few pieces of headlamps. What matters most is the performance of this bike that sure to kick the S1000RR’s & RSV4’s a** (not sure about the Ducati 1299 Panigale though, maybe a close fight).

  • BackSlash_cu

    If this is for the track only, why?

    Headlight, Mirrors, Kick Stand, Rear Footpegs, THIS EXHAUST!, and many non track stuffs?

  • Maculmania

    Calmer , cheaper than H2, I think this bike is more street wise than H2, I- if i could afford- would choose this because the design not so as aggressive as H2 , this bike is the combination of daily use look and street racing look, IMHO and we can judge it after this is completely ready for the market.

  • Marcus

    As a designer, I think this is a beautifully executed machine. There is very little of the overwrought styling found in so many recent bikes. No useless fins etc. It is a very rational piece of styling while still having a very exciting presence. It has a refined, strong look without being overly agressive. I especially like the sloping line created by the elements along the spine of the bike cuminating in an arrow like nose. One of the most beautiful bikes to come out of Japan IMHO. Gorgeous.

  • Hernz O

    no gimmicks on this bike opened one up today it really is packed with motoGP technology.

  • Bdubya

    I love my R1M. A little expensive but well worth it!