Yamaha YZF-R1M First Look

Yamaha YZF-R1M

Insurance Costs: 10 of 10


Buying New: £22,000


Power: 197 bhp

Engine: 998 cc, 14,000 rpm red line, 185 mph top speed


Economy: 35 mpg

Range: 130 miles from the 17.0 litre tank


Seat Height: 860 mm

Weight: 200 kg (wet), 179 kg (dry)

What Is It?

The Yamaha YZF-R1M is a top of the line dedicated sports bike which builds on the standard R1 with semi-active suspension and lots of Carbon bits. It's powered by a Euro 5 compliant liquid cooled 998cc inline four engine, producing 197.3bhp at 13,500rpm and maximum torque at 11,500rpm. 

  • Magnesium sub-frame
  • Aluminium frame, swingarm and tank
  • Dual 320mm discs up front with 2 piston calipers
  • 220mm disc at the rear with single piston caliper
  • 2-level cornering ABS plus linked brakes
  • Adjustable 43mm Ohlins NPX fork with 120mm travel
  • Adjustable Ohlins TTX36 shock with 120mm travel
  • Launch control, slide control, wheelie control
  • Traction control, slipper clutch
  • 3-level engine braking
  • 2-level up / down quickshifter
  • Speed sensitive steering damper
  • Four ride modes, TFT dash
  • LED lighting all round
  • 6 speed gearbox with gear position indicator
  • 4->2->1 exhaust system

It builds on the £16,800 standard R1 with semi-active Ohlins electronic suspension (ERS), a new NPX fork, new Carbon front fender and tail cowl, Carbon fairing, wider rear tyre and a range of apps to set custom ride modes, track all the data from the bike and to display a re-run of the race on Google Maps. As before it's a limited production run with the number stamped on top of the tank.

Compared to the 2015-2019 model there's an upgraded chassis, fuelling tweaks, a sharper new front end with new light layout, new side fairings, a smoother tank, 5% improvement in aerodynamics, new lighter Titanium lower fairing, new multi level ABS and EBC systems, more rigid airbox design, new lighter throttle sensor, suspension / steering damper tweaks, updated tyres, updated launch control, better brake pads, new tail light design and some exhaust tweaks to further reduce noise and emissions.

The 10-spoke 17" wheels take a Bridgestone Battlax RS11 120/70 tyre at the front and a 200/55 at the rear.

Accessories include a range of Akrapovic exhaust systems, sprint screen and pillion seat cover.

  • 2020: Black/blue

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