If you thought that the 2015 R1 is a mean machine, wait till you see this. Just as we thought that Yamaha’s press conference from EICMA is over, they managed to pull a fast one and announced a special limited edition R1M. The bike has been primarily aimed at professional teams and highly experienced racers (if your last name ends with a Rossi or Lorenzo :D) to give them wings at the racetrack.
If the new R1 is inspired from the M1, the R1M goes one step ahead and gets so much of additional tech which will literally make you beg for one. Here is some…
- The first being the Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), which takes the data from the new 6-axis IMU and coaxes the Suspension Control Unit to make various changes to the front and rear suspension as per real time requirements. This gives additional control while braking and improving cornering control while exiting corners.
- The carbon fiber body in the R1M is another benefit to boast of. The full carbon fibre fairing, fenders and seat cover help in reducing weight. A specially developed metallic looking silver paint with racing blue accents.
- A Communication Control Unit with GPS has a comprehensive data logging function which will allow you to record lap times, speed, throttle position, GPS tracking, lean angle and a lot more. All these can be viewed, compared and shared on a tablet allowing riders to compare their previous track data with the latest one. A special Android application (which runs on Android 4.2 and up) has also been developed.
- The R1M also gets specially designed Bridgestone tires which are made of a special compound to optimize the performance of the bike on a track.
The R1M produces 200PS of power output at 13,500rpm and 112.4Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm from its 4-stroke, liquid-cooled parallel 4-cylinder DOHC 998cc engine. Yes, this is the same as the new R1!
The R1M will not be available as readily as the R1. The company will be accepting applications for the R1M via their national distributor. Teams and individuals can do this from December 1, 2014. Even this does not guarantee you a machine. It is expected that the demand will obviously be more than supply and once the distributors get the allocated units, it will be on their discretion in managing them.
YZF R1M owners will also be invited to participate in Yamaha Racing Experience (YRE), which will take place at 4 European race tracks in July 2015. Participants will be able to meet special Yamaha VIP guests and take part in track sessions under the able guidance Yamaha technicians and top level trainers. Deliveries of the YZF R1M is expected to begin in March 2015.