Yamaha announced the latest evolution of its supersport motorcycles, the 2020 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M.
Refined CP4 Engine
The new 2020 R1 and R1M come equipped with the next generation of Yamaha’s unique 998 cc inline four-cylinder crossplane crankshaft engine for refined performance. Returning features such as titanium fracture-split connecting rods and offset cylinders contribute to a responsive and potent character, while the cylinder head, fuel injectors, finger-follower rocker arms, and camshaft profiles are new for 2020.
An all-new Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip (APSG) ride-by-wire system with Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) eliminates throttle cables and reduces weight while providing smoother throttle operation.
Enhanced Electronics Package
The most technologically advanced electronics package in Yamaha’s supersport lineup complements the evolutionary engine of the new 2020 R1 and R1M. Yamaha’s proprietary six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) continues to be the key feature of the package, processing real-time vehicle attitude and wheel speed data for the new Brake Control (BC) technology that gives riders the option to choose between two intervention modes for enhanced braking control. Riders can select a “BC1” setting for enhanced upright, straight-line braking, or a “BC2” setting for enhanced braking into corners, where intervention timing grows faster the deeper the lean angle becomes.
A new Engine Brake Management (EBM) system also allows the rider to select between three levels of engine braking force to suit their individual preference or riding situation on the road or track. Both the BC and EBM settings are adjustable through onboard Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) and Yamaha’s Y-TRAC smartphone (Android only) and tablet app (Android and iOS).
Enhanced Suspension Performance
Premium Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) has been a staple of the R1M’s chassis performance, and a new NPX pressurized front fork with a gas cylinder built into the front fork axle bracket, along with revised rear shock settings to complement the performance of the front fork, are features of the new 2020 model. With rider adjustability options through YRC settings and Y-TRAC, the new Öhlins ERS suspension package takes the R1M to the next level of performance.
The base-model R1 also receives suspension performance enhancements courtesy of a new KYB front fork with a new internal shim stack design, and a KYB rear shock with revised internal settings. Together, the changes result in smoother suspension dampening paired with an improved feeling of contact and grip with the street or track surface.
Advanced Bodywork with Next Generation R-Series Design
Redesigned bodywork contributes to higher-quality performance and a more comfortable rider fit. The new design creates a 5.3 percent increase in aerodynamic efficiency while reducing wind noise and pressure on the rider when in a tucked position, while improved comfort comes from smoother side sections where the rider’s legs contact the bike. The 2020 R1M also receives a new carbon fibre tail cowl to accompany the existing carbon fibre fairing, front fender and passenger seat cowl.
New lightweight, compact LED twin headlights optimize illumination for both the low and high beam, integrating with the redesigned body styling to create a new front face symbolizing the next-generation of R-Series design.
The new 2020 YZF-R1 will be available in Team Yamaha Blue and Metallic Black for an MSRP of $21,999 and will begin arriving at Yamaha dealers in September. The 2020 YZF-R1M will be available in a Carbon Fibre colour scheme for an MSRP of $27,999. Quantities in Canada will be limited; contact your local dealer to place your order.