Yamaha R1, R1M to be taken off the market

Gajanan Kashikar Updated: February 23, 2024, 11:45 AM IST

The day we thought that could never happen has arrived - it is a time for a reality check as Yamaha has announced the legendary YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M will not be updated to meet the Euro+ emission standard. Therefore, the latest development raises the question as to whether or not the iconic litre-class superbike will remain on sale in the future.

There were wild speculations that the Japanese bike maker could put a full stop to the sales of the R1 and R1M. Yamaha UK released an official statement, which said "Yamaha Motor Group have taken the decision not to develop an EU5+ version of the R1 or R1M instead focussing on other mid-term business and product strategies that will provide future opportunities."

This official announcement is a shocker to the motorcycle community and enthusiasts. Having said that, it is possible that Yamaha might continue sales of the iconic superbikes in a few markets with less stringent emission standard. That said, the R1 and R1M received their last major updated in 2020, making them Euro5 compliant. The Yamaha R1 was first introduced to the world at 1997 Milan motorcycle show and then it had gone on sale in different markets in 1998.

In late 2022, Suzuki announced that it no longer sale the legendary GSX-R1000/GSX-R1000R in the European and Japanese markets. However, Suzuki did not see the need to update the GSX-R1000 but its other motorcycles, such as the legendary Hayabusa, Katana, GSX-S1000, V-Strom 1050, and GSX-S1000GT.

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