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Yamaha Motor Group may have plans to discontinue their most celebrated bike series, the R1 and the R1M. From 1998 to 1999, an era of litre-class motorcycles and eye-watering speeds down highways was born. India, especially, witnessed this through the Yamaha R1, which sported a very aggressive sharp design, powered by the iconic 998cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-cylinder engine producing a peak power of 148bhp, while still weighing only 177kgs.

The latest rendition of the R1 in 2023, powered by the 998cc engine, produced a peak power of 219bhp and a peak torque of 11.4kgm, at a weight of just 200kgs. The R1 was a petrolhead’s dream, but like all eras, this too shall pass. According to the latest reports by Yamaha Motor Group UK, Yamaha has plans to discontinue the R1 and the R1M due to stringent EURO5+ norms and to focus more on mid-term business and product strategies for future opportunities.

Yamaha R1M

It must be noted that current Euro-certified bikes, including the latest Yahama R1, will be sold until the end of 2025, which could make it the last year of the YZF-R1!

Stay tuned for more updates on this and here is our review of the Yamaha R1, click here.