Rossi vs a Robot. WTF is Yamaha’s MOTOBOT?
Simply speaking, MOTOBOT is Yamaha’s autonomous motorcycle riding humanoid robot. But how and why have Yamaha decided to try and build a robot that can beat nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi round a track? And more importantly, have they achieved it? Well according to the guys in charge of... Read more
The £2,500,000 Garage | Yamaha Racing Experience
What happens when Yamaha assembles 150 R1Ms into the garage at Silverstone? You have yourselves a £2,500,000 garage. That’s exactly what happened last August (yes, we know, apologies for the late upload) when the Yamaha Racing Experience rolled into the UK for what should have been the ultimate trackday.... Read more
Video: ECU Flashing
Some forms of flashing are frowned upon, and rightly so. However, ECU flashing has become a staple part of sportsbike lifestyle in recent years, particularly as superstock racing now permits ECU fettling, and rightly so. Is the good old fashioned fuelling module redundant? Based on these results, yes. At... Read more
Video: Yamaha R1M Datalogger
Sometimes there isn’t time/space to divulge certain specifics during our videos/reviews (sometimes no-one gives a damn anyway), though sometimes certain specifics on certain bikes are worth sharing. Yamaha’s R1M is arguably the most technologically advanced sportsbike that’s ever graced this planet and comes laden with enough gizmos to open... Read more
Video: Aprilia RSV4 RF v Yamaha R1M – Road Test
Here’s the second instalment of our mammoth Aprilia RSV4 RF v Yamaha R1M test in glorious audio-visualisation, and this time it’s a road-based analysis for the sportiest steeds of 2015. The pairing proved problematic to split after a day at Silverstone, with only subjective characteristics swaying the halfway conclusion.... Read more
Video: Aprilia RSV4 RF v Yamaha R1M
In case you didn’t know, we’ve just nailed a marathon back-to-back test with Aprilia’s RSV4 RF and the Yamaha R1M: a day of circuit assessments at Silverstone followed by a few hundred pothole-infested road miles in the south of England for the ultimate conclusion. And entertainment. If there was... Read more
Yamaha R1M: The Beautiful Darkness
I’ve often wondered if vehicles have a soul. It’s a silly notion that inanimate objects can have a bearing and influence over one’s life, or indeed bestow it with love or fear or mediocrity. These things enter our lives as blank storyless books, empty pages waiting to be filled.... Read more