2015 Yamaha YZF R1M – Special Edition R1 Price, Specifications and Image Gallery

One of the rumors floating around the blogosphere prior to today was that there would be two versions of the new Yamaha R1 – a street legal version and a track only model (like Kawasaki has done with the Ninja H2 and H2R). Those rumors turned out to be half right – there are two versions but they’re both street legal. Meet the 2015 Yamaha YZF R1M. The M signifying it’s close relationship to the Yamaha M1- the MotoGP bike ridden by Rossi and Lorenzo.

So usually with a special edition, it consists of some special decals, maybe different wheels and the satisfaction that you paid a couple of extra grand for the privilege. Well, the Yamaha R1M is certainly much more than that – it’s pretty much the most technologically sophisticated bike you’ll be able to buy come February next year.

Here’s a summary of what is has over and above the standard Yamaha R1:

  • Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS). 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.
  • Carbon fiber bodywork (upper fairing, side fairings, and front fender).
  • 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 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 even make setting changes to later upload 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.
  • 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.

Horsepower between the R1 and R1M will be the same, and despite the use of carbon fiber, the R1M weighs 4lb more – most likely due to the electronic suspension components.

The price is also a fair bit higher – $21,990 but for that, you’re certainly getting something special.


EngineLiquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC 16 valves, 79.00 x 50.9mm
Power147.1 kW (197 hp) @ 13,500 rpm
Torque112.4 Nm (82.9 lb-ft) @ 11,500 rpm
Gear Box6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Front BrakesDual 320mm hydraulic disc; 4-piston caliper, UBS ABS
Rear Brakes220mm disc; UBS ABS
Front Suspension43mm Öhlins electronic suspension w/ inverted fork; fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Rear SuspensionÖhlins electronic suspension w/ single shock w/piggyback reservoir, 4-way adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Front Tire120/70ZR17M/C
Rear Tire190/55ZR17M/C
Wet Weight443 lb
Tank Capacity4.5 gal


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  • Over 20 grand for an R1…..lol. Good luck selling them.

    • alright

      I dont think you realized what this R1M has to offer. if your a track enthusiast, this R1M is a must have. The long list of electronics/technology embedded in this R1M is being use in motogp and so far with the recent reviews from a few journalist , this is going to be talk about lot! Wait in a couple of months with bike comparo

      • I can tell you from first hand experience that most “track enthusiasts” are normal guys with normal budgets. So by the time your done financing the bike you will end up spending what 25 grand on it? That’s a pretty tough nut to crack unless your fairly affluent.
        Additionally, we’ve all heard this song a dance before. Yamaha is famous for understating weight, overstating performance and talking out their you-know-what’s. The only bike that has somewhat lived up to it’s hype in the last 5 years has been the S1000RR.
        The rest have simply been remakes of the same old song and dance with some zero to hero nannies. All this said, it is nice to see an interesting new design theme from a manufacturer.

        • alright

          Quote : Additionally, we’ve all heard this song a dance before. Yamaha is famous for understating weight, overstating performance and talking out their you-know-what’s.

          I have chatted with 2 affluent journalist from different mag who already rode these bikes. Even more if you read other journalist as well. My opinion is not derived from Yamaha but from those journalist who test rode these bike on the track before us. I don’t ever believe what the manufacturer say until it has been tried and tested and we can assume from that non bias opinion.
          As for those normal guys and normal budget, this may seem too expensive. That is why R1M is only limited to 500 and it has been spoken for in europe and a few left in US to those lucky blokes.
          If you can’t buy a ferrari you can buy a Mustang V8.

          • I think you’ll find most journalists have some skin in the game. It’s pretty hard to find any real unbiased opinion anymore. I’m not saying it’s not a decent bike. But all these bikes are more a matter of evolution, not revolution.
            Every couple of years the magazines are glowing over something, Youtube videos blow up and everyone is all over “The next Big Thing.” As for your analogy, you’re right. This said, in many cases, the Mustang will outperform the Ferrari. Which brings me back to my point. Is the new R1 twice as good as the bike it replaces? Not sure, time will tell.
            And as far as the track is concerned, it’s always been a matter of skill over hp and nannies. This is why you see guys on 600’s (bikes with half the power) spanking some noob on the latest and greatest.
            All this said, the trend to cram more nannies and tech in bikes is pushing the prices sky high. It’s putting bikes out of the reach of the manufacturer’s bread and butter consumers (18-30). If the trend continues, future R&D will suffer due to lack of funding.
            Anyway, just my two cents.

          • alright

            Ahh yes I remember preaching it religiously to the young and old, HP is just a number and the skills rules above all. The 600s guys hating on the big guy and vice versa and still goes on till today. In the end, its just fun and much to do with ego. Everyone has the right to buy whatever they see fit for them.

            Your 2 cents is worth more than you think! Back in what, 1998 or 99 with its first appearance of the R6, I bought it brand new then for 6500. Today its way more than 12K! Every 15 years the price goes up double. If this keeps up and salary stays the same, who the hell can afford it?! Of course much have change with new tech etc. At some point these guys have to stop and produce the product and keep on improving and innovating new tech for the later models. Sadly, I’m afraid, this trend will not stop anytime soon.

          • I’m with you 100%. I bought and modded my 1100 back in the day for a fraction of the price of my newest Gixxer years later. We’re talking about a bike with custom paint, turbo, aftermarket everything, etc.
            What I think a lot of people forget is that when performance increases so do maintenance intervals. And as long as the hype continues, I believe you are correct, and it won’t stop anytime soon.

          • alright

            ..maybe one of us will hit the mega lottery..till then I’ll keep complaining.. there is still hope lol

          • It’d be nice. This said, I wont buy another sport bike. I’ll keep the one I have and am keeping my eye out for an interesting new sport touring bike. From what I understand, Suzuki is working on a Hayabusa replacement.
            May be interesting.