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Yamaha’s back with a new, smarter and even sexier flagship R1M.


Back when I was lad with scabbed knees and bogeys, the first incarnation of Yamaha’s YZF-R1 hit the showrooms and blew everyone’s minds. Not only was it feted as a thing of beauty, but it also redefined the perception of what a superbike should be. It looked fast, it rode fast, and it sold fast. Now 20 years and 150,000 unit sales later, Yamaha’s flagship model, the R1M has been treated to some special upgrades. Rather than reinvent the wheel and develop a whole new bike, Yamaha have done what any good manufacturer would do by listening to what their customers have asked for and delivering on those demands, which saw a clutchless downshift system added to the arsenal.

Another complaint of the old stock was that the lift control (LIF) would often feel somewhat abrupt, like the taxman banging on your door when he’s after some dosh, so some attention has gone into making the system more sophisticated for a more natural feel. Possibly the greatest upgrade to the new R1M though, is the revised Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS). Now featuring the latest SMART EC2 ERS (it’s got to be good with a name like that) the R1M sits on the most advanced bouncy bits in its class and promised to be quite the ballerina around Portimao where we were putting it to test.

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