The 2017 Yamaha R1M – The Pre-Order Lines Are Open…

Published October 14, 2016

Or rather, the online registration platform is open. However, it’s not just a simple matter of filling in a form and transferring funds, oh no. Yamaha actually vets all of the R1M’s prospective buyers, just to make sure that their limited run of exclusive track racers go to good, and loving, homes. So, if you think you’ve got the funds and a resume full of eye brow raising credentials, you might be lucky enough to own one of these incredible machines. But you’d me part of a tiny minority.

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With the price a mystery, what sort of credentials would you need to get your hands on one of these? Since the Yamaha YZF-R1M is a limited run motorcycle, specifically geared towards track racing, Yamaha prefer them to fall into the hands of professionals. If you’re an experienced amateur racer, then you’re probably in with a shot. Although, it’s much better if you’re a part of a recognized race team, or a genuine privateer outfit. Once Yamaha have satisfied the professionals, then they might have a few spare left over for us mere mortals. You need more luck than money, basically.

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But if you’re a serious track racer, the R1M won’t be a bad investment. The R1M a fiercer version of the acclaimed R1, with race specification parts and tuning, and a dry weight of 180 kg. The famous 998cc four cylinder crossplane makes the obvious 200 hp, the chassis wears carbon fiber bodywork, and Ohlins Electronic Supension. The electronics package is very impressive too, boasting a 6 axis IMU, gyro sensors, a unified braking system, and Banking sensitive traction control and ABS. Not to mention the slide control, launch and lift control, and more.

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It’s a lot of tech to play with, but any new R1M buyers will automatically be invited to the “Yamaha Racing Experience” events at some of Europe’s best race circuits. These two day events have been arranged so that Yamaha can teach you how to make the absolute most from your new R1M.


The 2016 edition of the YZF-R1M was priced at $22,499. So keep that figure in mind before you click “add to cart” on Yamaha Europe’s website. Although the price is probably a little more than the 2016 incarnation…


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