TURN & BURN II VIDEO: Yamaha YZF-R1M

Superbly consistent acceleration runs to 180 mph, with the throttle pinned the whole way!

Yamaha YZF-R1M

Price: $21,990

Weight: 419 lb.

Horsepower: 173.3 hp @ 13,610 rpm

0–180 mph: 16.68 sec.

Distance to 180 mph: 2944 ft.

With the glistening silver and blue YZF-R1 R1M, Canet was instructed by the Yamaha rep to have engine power in its max setting, TC in its least intrusive mode, launch control at its most aggressive level, lift control set to 1, and suspension in Auto 3. Then, after pinning the throttle to have the electronics keep the engine at a constant 10,000 rpm, Canet would release the clutch and modulate it as the R1M shot down the runway, throttle pinned the whole way. The runs looked superbly consistent, with Canet banging upshifts as the front wheel skimmed above Lemoore concrete for what looked like a quarter-mile.

“I like the launch control strategy of this thing and the tall first gear,” Canet remarked. “It never feels like it’s going to come over on you. It keeps the front wheel just skimming the ground. And the assist clutch has none of the chatter and grab I’d feel on the old R1s.”

Because the R1M's trick 999cc four-cylinder doesn't have the thick midrange power of the supercharged H2 or the big Ducati twin, Canet said it was best to keep the R1M above 9,000 rpm. "But to tell you the truth, I'm not even noticing the shift lights," he explained. Of note, the Yamaha YZF-R1M, with its track-only ECU, was our slowest bike in the quarter-mile (by a mere 0.07 second), but its ultimate velocity of 188.7 mph was the highest peak speed reached by a motorcycle at Lemoore that day. "It's a piece of cake getting tucked in on that thing," Canet said with a grin.

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Yamaha YZF-R1M at our 0-180 MPH Ultimate Performance Shootout.Jeff Allen

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