GP Motorsports R1-M1 near as damnit the real thing

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What if you could build a street-legal MotoGP replica so accurate that you actually had to build in some flaws so as not to make it too perfect? GP Motorsports has, witness the R1-M1′s “R1″ logo on the fairing and intentionally included filler panels below the tank. The rest? Yeah, we can’t tell the difference either.
This 2008 M1-replica was built using a 2008 Yamaha R1. Retained is the
frame and not much else. The engine is Superbike-spec, the forks are
off Carlos Checa’s 2003 GP bike, the shock an Öhlins TTX, the triple
clamp is pinched from an R7. A custom exhaust from England’s
beguilingly talented Racefit and 16.5″ carbon Dymags round out the
package (carbon wheels are illegal in MotoGP).

The price for something this exotic? About $65,000 (sans the priceless
forks) or $7,000 less than a Ducati Desmosedici. We think we’d rather
have the R1-M1.

Don’t need a SBK-spec engine and TTX suspension? Expect to spend Ducati
money. GP Motorsports will also sell you the parts: swingarm,
tank, bodywork, whatever. And if your golden parachute is really
burning a hole in your pocket they’ll build you a replica of any bike
you want. They’ve already built a ZX-RR, YZR500, Ducati GP6 and even a
replica of the prototype M1. The limit? The depth of your credit
or your life partner’s tolerance.

The attention to detail of this replica is simply staggering. The
taillight is hidden beneath the tailpiece’s red-painted end. There’s no
gap or discernable difference in daylight, until you hit the brake
pedal. There’s plans to hide projector beams in the air intake. We
can’t wait to see what the company does with the 2009 Yamaha R1 and its
crossplane crankshaft.

GP Motorsports via Performance Bikes

  • monkeyfumi

    Yes it is good. But so good you can’t tell the difference? No.
    Firstly, I love that someone has done this.
    But, why spend all that money, and then add “some flaws so as not to make it too perfect”.
    The wheels and brake discs are wrong for a start, yes you can’t run carbon discs on the street (and they are horrendously expensive) but no motogp bikes run wave discs in the wet either.
    The body work is nice, but still doesn’t look right. The tail section in profile particulary looks off (probably a consequnce of have to hide the R1s’ subframe) Why not develop a monocoque tail like the real M1? It isn’t exactly a bargain.
    As for the forks, they are so rare that I would be amazed if they had another set to go on any of the bikes they are hoping to sell.
    I could go on, but I probably sound like the pedantic bike nerd that I am.
    Like I said, I love that someone has tried it, but why not go that little bit more.
    On a side note, if you want to see proper obsesive 500cc style gp replicas, check out

  • Mark Roddis

    Who is monkeyfumi the moron probably doesn’t even own a bike. Just to let you know the m1 isn’t a 500cc gp bike nor is it supposed to be a full on gp bike. I have wirked on these machines and if you made a replica it would fall apart after 2 weeks of riding on british roads. The company making this product have designed it as a trick street REPLICA not a copy of a gp bike. What a prick stick to your scooter you NOB!

  • cody

    can I play this is this a bloody games is it a stupid repulic storage stock information