It’s tough cookies if you want to order a Yamaha YZF-R1M in the European Union right now, as what is shaping out to be the superbike of 2015 has sold out in every European country.
This means only those riders who pre-ordered an R1M online, on Yamaha Europe’s registration system, will be able to get a 2015 model — perpetuating the saying from the translated French: “you snooze, you lose”.
To rub salt into the wounds, all European customers of the R1M will get to join Colin Edwards and other Yamaha racing staff at an upcoming Yamaha Racing Experience events in July. Schwing!
We rated the new Yamaha YZF-R1M very highly at its press launch in Australia, an opinion that was formed in-part by the R1M’s robust electronics package, which sets a new standard for Japanese and European motorcycle manufacturers, alike.
Of course all eyes on the internet are now turning to the trademarked “R1S” name, which we saw in USPTO filings, and what the absence of such a branded machine could mean.
Is there another model R1 coming around the corner, something extra exclusive over the already pricy R1M? With the R1S name only registered in the USA, any such machine would likely be for the American market.
It wouldn’t surprise us if Yamaha wasn’t sure about the R1M name for the American market, and decided to hedge their bets with the more noticeably high-spec “S” designation for us American dullards.
All of that is up for debate until we hear more from Yamaha. But until then, we’ll have to wait and see if a mountain develops out of this molehill.
Source: Yamaha Europe