The 2015 Yamaha R1M when launched back in November at EICMA alongside the new R1, had a clear indication of its racing focus. So it comes as no surprise that the bike has smoothly cleared the homologation norms with the FIM.
The R1M is one out of many bike that have recently been added to the list of homologated motorcycles. The list includes the BMW S 1000 RR (+ABS, DTC, Electronic Gear Assist, DCC, Forged Wheels), Ducati 1199 Panigale R, MV Agusta F4 RR and the Aprilia RSV4 1000 RR/RF. While all the bikes in the list are new or with updates for 2015, the Ducati is the only one that is running the exact same machinery as last year.
The R1M that has been homologated is the one with the forged wheels. The Yamaha along with the rest of the bikes provide a cheap development platform for many new teams that have small budgets to enter racing. Out of all, the Yamaha seems to be the most sensible bike to go for, not just by costs, but also by its technical advancements over the last year’s model.
The 2015 Yamaha R1M features a lightweight carbon fibre body that houses a 998 cc liquid-cooled, in-line four cylinder engine that produces 201 bhp of power and 112.4 Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The 2015 R1M comes equipped with adjustable riding modes, lean sensing traction control, launch control and lift control, banking sensitive ABS, electronic racing suspensions, 6-axis Inertia Measurement Unit and a communication control unit that connects with a tablet to give out detailed data.