the R1M is kind of a bust. the "ohlins" suspension isn't anything on par with their off the shelf stuff you buy from a retailer. if you don't believe it's not just oem crap try to have them rebuilt and you will quickly find that ohlins doesn't sell the parts... and definitely isn't adequate for racing. this has been said so by many race teams including graves. so what's the point?
who the hell keeps stock fairings for racing? no one. so carbon fiber fairings=waste.
so who needs carbon fiber farings and over priced OEM suspension for street riding? no one. it's just bling. period.
the CCU is cool but it's also just $1200. not really worth it since only a hard core race team would be interested but it's not a serious tool and lacks many functions of professional grade systems offer. suce as being able to pull it up on a laptop instead of a pretend computer tablet. so they're not going to be using it. what can it tell an average track rider? not much since the guy on the 250 just went around you in the same corner lol the stock CCU = entertainment.
R1m...kind of a waste of money when you really crunch the numbers. you will appear to be the coolest guy on the block to most people. but to anyone that knows anything...not really
MAN, I finally find someone else who gets this. The Ohlins stuff on the R1M is higher quality construction than the stock stuff, absolutely - and it's actually really useful to be able to change the settings on the fly electronically. If I were to do a lot of track days, and I had to stick to a stock bike, I would still choose the R1M over the stock R1 or R1S. There are benefits.
However, here in Australia, it's an extra $12,000 for the R1M. I can get the R1 for $19,000 (although it's sticker price is more, you can always get some discount), the R1M is $32K (No discount. It's 32K firm). Add the difference in insurance between the R1 and the M... an extra $800-$900 for the M, and you're basically $13K difference.
So, for $13,000, what can I get? Retail Ohlins, complete ECU retune, flash, aftermarket exhausts, the lot. Especially when you consider, that the stock Ohlins on the R1M is the lowest quality Ohlins stuff they make. It doesn't compare to retail Ohlins. If I got an R1M, the first thing I'd do is get my suspension guy to replace the guts (forks and shocks) with retail Ohlins.
The R1M valving configuration is straight up stock Yamaha spec, with pistons & internals built to a tight budget. The difference in quality, tolerances, valving, all the rest between retail Ohlins and that supplied stock on various models, is huge. The guys on the IBSF (Independent Bike Suspension Forum) all say that the stock internals in Ducati, Honda, and Yamaha factory Ohlins is really not crash hot. You have to throw it away at rebuild time as it's junk.
I spoke to my suspension guy about the R1M, he told me not to waste my money and instead get the base R1 and spend the money on correctly specced retail Ohlins. He also made exactly the same points about the Ohlins CCU you did.