Build your own Yamaha R1M (out of printer paper)

If you’re unable to afford a Yamaha R1M, no worries — the manufacturer is willing to help you out, as long as you have access to a printer.

Every once in a while, Yamaha designs paper models of their motorcycles. Past bikes to get this treatment include previous generations of the R1, the SR400, and the XJR1300. You can see a complete list here.

Now, Yamaha has added the new R1M superbike to that list. It appears to be one of their most ambitious paper models yet — you can see it here. It will take 54 sheets of paper to make, cut into 914 parts. That ought to keep you busy over the next few days, while you wait for the holidays to end. Actually, if you can convince your kids to put this together, instead of climbing the walls, this project could be a lifesaver.

The finished model will be about 41 cm long, if you print it off on Yamaha’s 1:5 scale.


  1. so… there’s one on Yamaha’s website that is a recreation of Rossi’s famous pass on Stoner at Laguna Seca.

    It took a year for the guy to design it.

    It is 323 pages of printout.

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