In 1998, the Yamaha YZF-R1 came out and for the next three years, the world nearly forgot that other litre-class sportsbikes existed. It was lighter, faster, better looking and most importantly, it instantly made every other competing motorcycle feel like its makers were asleep. The new YZF-R1M is a seismic event on an even larger scale. The new R1 is designed to look like a racing motorcycle and under the skin it is. From the all-new incredibly powerful inline four cylinder engine to the light new chassis, it is every inch the ultimate performance motorcycle. The software it brings derives directly from the M1 and its balance of power and the rider’s control over it is so sublime that reviews, whether from the motorcycle press or its owners, have been off the charts. Nothing else comes close.