Ever wish you could own a Yamaha Factory Racing M1? Your wish pretty much just came true.

YZF-R1M race motorcycle is a special version of the all new R1, and comes with even higher factory specification - enabling every racer and track rider to discover their true potential.

Continue reading for more information on the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M.

  • 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M
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Most Technologically Advanced

6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) offers controlability over traction, slides, front wheel lift, braking and launches. Its Communication Control Unit with GPS allows to look at lap times and other running data on an Android-based tablet - and R1M’s Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) delivers ultimate handling.

With its 200PS crossplane engine, short wheelbase chassis, 3D control electronics and exclusive carbon bodywork, R1M brings M1-derived factory-bike technology to private owners.

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M Key Features:

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  • The 2015 YZF-R1M is a production Superbike that’s as close as you can get to a street-legal M1 MotoGP® bike, effectively blurring the line between the two.
  • The YZF-R1M features a completely new, lightweight and compact, crossplane-concept, inline-four-cylinder, 998cc high-output engine. Featuring a first ever for a production motorcycle, titanium fracture split connecting rods delivering extremely high horsepower and a strong pulse of linear torque for outstanding performance.
  • The YZF-R1M features the most advanced MotoGP®-inspired electronics package ever offered on a supersport machine: a full suite of inter-related technologies, enabling the rider to enjoy the fullest range of performance with great comfort, control, and ease of operation.
  • Featuring the first six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) ever offered on a street-going motorcycle, the 2015 R1M represents the dawn of a new digital era where all riders can experience total 3D controllability.
  • IMU consists of a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as an accelerometer or G-sensor that measures acceleration in the fore-aft, up-down, and right-left directions…all at a rate of 125 calculations per second. By calculating each signal, the IMU finds the precise vehicle position and movement, and communicates it to the ECU, enabling it to control the bike’s systems.
  • The R1M features an Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), carbon fiber bodywork (upper fairing, side fairings, and front fender), and a Communication Control Unit (CCU) with GPS that enables the rider to capture ride data (including GPS tracking) and then download it via WiFi to the Yamaha Y-TRAC smartphone and tablet app. Once the data is downloaded, the rider can analyze it overlaid with the track map. Setting changes can then be made via the Yamaha “YRC” app, and upload those changes back to the R1M.
  • The 2015 R1M is fully equipped with banking-sensitive Traction Control, as well as Slide Control, Anti-Wheelie Control, Quickshifter, Launch Control, ABS, a Unified Braking System, and much more. The all-new R1M gives street riders, track day participants, and full-on racers an unmatched and unprecedented level of rider-adaptive performance.
  • All-new aluminum Deltabox® frame is designed to provide optimum longitudinal, lateral and torsional rigidity balance. The engine is a stressed member of the chassis.
  • An all-new titanium exhaust system with titanium headers and muffler canister with mid-ship layout is positioned low and in the middle of the chassis for centralized mass.
  • Additional R1M features include a clear-coated aluminum fuel tank, a highly polished aluminum swingarm, gold-colored front radial-mount calipers, special finished gold inner tubes on the 43mm Öhlins front forks, and a unique R1M badge on the airbox cover.

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M Features and Benefits:

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  • The all-new 998cc in-line 4-cylinder, crossplane crankshaft engine features titanium fracture-split connecting rods, which are an industry first for a production motorcycle. The specific titanium alloy used to manufacture the new connecting rods is around 60% lighter than steel, and this major reduction in weight gives the new R1M engine a responsive and potent character at high rpm. This all-new engine delivers extremely high horsepower and a strong pulse of linear torque.
  • With an ultra-high 13.0:1 compression ratio, the all-new engine also features twin injectors on each cylinder, with a bi-directional spray in the lower injector where fuel is directed toward the back of the intake valves, boosting the number of droplets that go directly into the combustion chamber and at high rpms, the secondary injectors add a boost in fuel delivery maximizing combustion efficiency and engine performance.
  • Lightweight magnesium engine covers are used to further reduce weight while rocker-arm valve actuation allows for larger valve lift further boosting horsepower.

Electronics Package:

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  • The R1M features the most advanced MotoGP®-inspired electronics package ever offered on any motorcycle: a full suite of inter-related technologies, enabling the rider to enjoy the fullest range of performance with great comfort, control, and ease of operation.
  • Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) is the first on production motorcycle featuring six axis of measurement: It consists of a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as an accelerometer, or G-sensor, that measures acceleration in the fore-aft, up-down, and right-left directions…all at a rate of 125 calculations per second. The IMU communicates with the Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) Yamaha’s most advanced electronics package ever offered on a production motorcycle. Includes Power Delivery Mode, Traction Control System, Slide Control System, Lift Control System, Launch Control System and Quick Shift System. All these systems are adjustable and can be saved within four presets.
  • Another feature exclusive to the all new R1M that takes electronic control to an all new level is the Yamaha-exclusive Communication Control Unit. The CCU allows riders to communicate with the vehicle via Wi-Fi through Yamaha’s exclusive Y-TRAC smartphone and tablet app.
  • The onboard system is comprised of the CCU and GPS antenna. Running data can be recorded via a data logger, with course mapping and automatic lap timing managed by GPS. This data can then be wirelessly downloaded to the Android or Apple iOS app where it can be analyzed, and setting changes can be made within the app to later be uploaded to the R1M. This Yamaha exclusive Y-TRAC system gives an all new connection to the machine that has never been seen outside of the factory race pits, further blurring that line between production superbike and MotoGP® bike.
  • 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).
  • Assist and slipper clutch is used to give the rider more confident downshifts when entering corners aggressively.
  • The R1M uses YCC-T® (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle), fly-by-wire technology providing optimum power delivery. YCC-I® is Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake which is a variable intake system that broadens the spread of power in both low and high rpm.


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  • The R1M features a highly advanced Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension. The Suspension Control Unit receives data from the Inertial Measurement Unit, which communicates vehicle speed, attitude, lean angle, acceleration and brake pressure, then adjusts the front and rear compression as well as rebound damping for optimum suspension performance. The system comes with two modes. “Automatic” mode continuously adjusts rebound and compression damping as you ride providing ideal damping force for the track or the street and can be fine tuned to the riders needs. The “manual” mode allows riders to fine tune to the settings they choose then holds these settings while riding.
  • All-new Aluminum Deltabox® frame and magnesium subframe contribute to a light weight and compact chassis design. The aluminum frame is both strong and flexible, with rigid engine mounts, making the engine a stressed member of the frame for optimal rigidity balance and great cornering performance on the race track.
  • The wheelbase is 10mm shorter than the previous R1 adding to cornering performance, however the ratio of swing arm length to wheelbase is 40.5%, the same as the current R1 for excellent linear stability.
  • Also featured is an aluminum 4.5 gallon fuel tank, weighing in at a full 3.5 pounds less than a comparable steel tank.
  • The track developed and tested racing ABS and Unified Braking System provide maximum braking performance. UBS inhibits unwanted rear end motion during braking by activating the rear brake when the front brake is applied, with force distribution based on the bike’s attitude and lean angle.
  • All-new Nissin 4-piston radial mounted front calipers ride on big 320mm rotors for excellent stopping power.
  • The 2015 R1M is equipped with a newly designed exhaust system manufactured mainly from titanium. Plus, a compact, midship muffler contributes towards the mass centralization that is a key feature on the R1M.
  • 10-spoke cast magnesium wheels that reduce rotational mass by 1.9 pounds over the previous model reduces unsprung weight for quick direction changes and improved handling.
  • The R1M features a thin-film transistor LCD meter, with brilliant color, for precise monitoring of all vehicle systems, including front brake pressure and fore/aft G-force making it easier than ever to take the bike to its limits. It features a “street mode” and a “race mode” that focuses on information that’s more important on the track, such as YRC settings, a zoomed in view of the tachometer in the upper rpm range, a lap timer with best lap and last lap feature, gear position indicator and speed, just to name a few.

Additional Features:

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  • Ultra-lightweight materials are used throughout like carbon fiber body components with unique R1M color and graphics and the exclusive “R1M” badge on top of the air box.
  • All-new dynamic “M1” inspired styling that creates a more compact profile with improved aerodynamics.
  • All-new LED headlights are both lightweight, and compact allowing for a more streamlined design and layout of the front face.
  • All-new LED front turn signals are integrated into the mirrors for improved aerodynamics.


Engine Type Liquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC 16 valves
Displacement 998cc
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 O-ring 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 220mm hydraulic disc; UBS ABS
Tires / Front 120/70ZR17M/C
Tires / Rear 200/55ZR17M/C
Length 80.9 in
Width 27.2 in
Height 45.3 in
Seat Height 33.9 in
Wheelbase 55.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24º
Trail 4.0 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy 34 mpg
Wet Weight 443 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Carbon Fiber/Liquid Metal
Price $21,990 (Available from February 2015)


“In addition to the all-new R1 that Valentino Rossi wheeled onto the stage during Yamaha’s 2015 model unveil at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, the Japanese manufacturer also introduced its limited-edition 2015 R1M. Much like the limited-edition R1 models of yesteryear, the 2015 R1M gets the Öhlins treatment and a long list of other upgrades aimed at increased on-track performance. The fun hardly ends at the fornt fork, however, as in addition to the Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) you also get carbon fiber bodywork, higher-spec Bridgestone tires, and a Communication Control Unit (CCU).

The R1M’s Suspension Control Unit (SCU) makes adjustments to the Öhlins suspension based on the data it’s continually gathering from the bike’s six-axis IMU and various sensors. The goal, as is the case with the electronic suspension on BMW’s new S 1000 RR, is to provide added stability under braking and increased traction on corner exits through changes to the rebound and compression damping. The ERS has Automatic and Manual modes, and within each of these two modes there is a selection of three different base settings, which enables you to fine-tune the bike for different tracks or conditions. In Manual mode, the system does not make adjustments to the settings, but rather sticks to your predetermined setup. Seat height is 5mm taller than on the stock model, a result of the new suspension.” ----- Sport Rider

“Rather than issuing an SP model as it has in the past, Yamaha has concurrently released an upgraded model with a new “M” designation clearly designed to evoke the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike’s mighty name. The R1M shares most of the R1’s specifications, but replaces some of the bodywork with carbon fiber to effect some 5-odd pounds of weight loss. The other key selling point for the R1M is an advanced datalogging GPS system that communicates via WiFi with an iOS or Android app to give riders a huge range of data about the track season they’ve just completed, including the ability to make settings changes to re-upload back to the R1M. Yamaha says this level of data availability blurs the line between a factory superbike and a MotoGP bike.” ----- gizmag

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