The R1M remains the pinnacle of Yamaha supersport motorcycles, and short of grabbing one of Valentino Rossi’s old MotoGP bikes, this is the most performance you can have with the tuning forks logo. For 2018, Yamaha has left the driveline the same – most of us would be happy with figures of 197bhp and 112Nm from a crossplane four-cylinder motor – but upgraded the electronics package. Therefore, in addition to the 6-axis IMU which controls traction control, ABS, slide control, lift control, and launch control, the R1M gets Ohlins semi-active suspension which adjusts the compression and rebound on the go, depending upon the feedback it receives from the sensors. It is called the Ohlins Smart EC 2ERS. It gets an updated quickshifter that now allows it clutchless downshifts as well.
A new colour scheme will debut on the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1M, called ‘Silver Blu Carbon’.