YAMAHA R1M (2015 - 2017) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 197 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.7 in / 855 mm)
Weight: Medium (441 lbs / 200 kg)


New N/A
Used £9,600 - £14,800

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Semi-active electronic Ohlins suspension gives the special edition R1M an extra layer of sophistication, grip, control and confidence over the already brilliant 2015 standard model. You also get carbon goodies, a datalogger and a Yamaha Racing Experience thrown in with the price. 

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The main difference between the R1 and R1M is the suspension. The standard bike comes with fully-adjustable KYB forks and shock and the M has Ohlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), which works together with the Yamaha’s clever internal, six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) gyro. Spring rates are up on the standard R1 to cope with hard track use.

Using data gathered from the IMU, the R1 knows whether it’s leaning, accelerating, stopping, spinning, adding traction control or making a cup of tea. For the R1M this data is used to continually adjust the rebound and compression damping inside the rear shock and forks, as well as controlling the linked brakes, traction and slide control.

You can run the ERS in a number of set modes, fine-tune the damping yourself, or turn the whole system off, so you’re left with normal manually-adjustable suspension. 

The system gives you the perfect suspension set-up every step of the way, giving you maximum grip, stability and confidence as it softens over the bumps and stiffens under hard braking and acceleration. And we’re talking Ohlins forks and shock here, so the ride quality is second to none and plusher than the standard bike’s.


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Engine spec is identical to the standard model’s (see 2015 Yamaha R1 review) and wails like the factory YZR-M1 at full pelt. Producing 197bhp and crammed with lightweight internals, the short-stroke, high compression crossplane motor hits hard, but it’s lost some of the previous R1’s low down grunt and linear power delivery. 

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Swathes of carbon fibre, electronic Ohlins, a polished swingarm and a lacquered ali tank make the R1M one of the most desirable Japanese superbike ever made. Built quality is top drawer and reliability shouldn’t be a problem. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It’s going to be out of reach for all but the most well-heeled of bikers, but compared to its fully-loaded European rivals, the R1M is a bargain. 


5 out of 5 (5/5)

You get all the same mechanical and electronic bells and whistles of the standard R1, plus the electronic suspension, but for the extra money the R1M also comes with carbon fibre fairing panels, front mudguard and single seat. The exposed ali fuel tank is clear lacquered and the swingarm polished. You also get sticky Bridgestone RS10R tyres, and a place on a Yamaha Racing Experience and a ‘Communication Control Unit’ (CCU) – a datalogger to you and me. It records everything from speed to lap times, GPS tracking and lean angle and can be viewed via an app on a tablet. The CCU is also available as an option for the standard R1.


Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v, inline four
Frame type Twin spar aluminium
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 855mm
Bike weight 200kg
Front suspension 43mm semi-active Ohlins forks
Rear suspension Single semi-active Ohlins rear shock.
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston calipers.
Rear brake 220mm single disc with twin-piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price £9,600 - £14,800
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 197 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

2015: R1M launched alongside revised standard model 

Other versions

R1: Standard model with KYB suspension and lower-spec bodywork 

Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA R1M (2015 - 2017)

1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA R1M (2015 - 2017) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA R1M (2015 - 2017)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
5 out of 5 Work of art.
04 November 2017 by Charlie

Year: 2017

Wow what an amazing bike, So much fun to ride and when not riding you find yourself going out to the garage just to look at it.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

The finish on the bike is excellent. I love the bare metal tank.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

It’s Japanese so will be fine.

Equipment 5 out of 5

So many toys to play with the screen takes a little working out but once you do it’s super easy.

Buying experience: Bought from a dealer had to pay full asking. Yamaha customers service has been amazing and are super quick to resolve any issues.

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