2020 Yamaha YZF-R1M And YZF-R1 First Look

The next evolution of Yamaha’s legendary superbike.

2020 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M
Yamaha has unveiled the 2020 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M, both models will be available September 2019.Yamaha

Smack-dab in the middle of Saturday's World Superbike and MotoAmerica race day at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Yamaha gave the world a first look at the 2020 YZF-R1M and YZF-R1 Supersport models. Featuring a reworked CP4 crossplane inline-four engine, updated and augmented electronics, more aerodynamically efficient bodywork, and enhanced suspension, these new R1s are the peak of Yamaha's superbike development gleaned from 22 years of progress in MotoGP, World Superbike, MotoAmerica, and Endurance World Championship racing.

The R1 has seen multiple stages of evolution since its introduction in 1998, many of those garnering praise and awards. In fact, the previous YZF-R1 that debuted in 2015 was chosen as the Best Open Class Street Bike in 2017 and 2015 and the Best Superbike in 2016 in Cycle World's Ten Best Bikes awards. In the past couple of years the superbikes have, once again, leapt forward with more power, refined electronics, and better handling. The R1 has held its own, but Yamaha has decided the time has come for the next generation.

Both the R1M and R1 run a new-generation 998cc inline-four. It still features the crossplane crank, 90-degree crankshaft, but a new cylinder head with revised finger-follower rocker-arm valve actuation, lower camshaft profiles, and lighter springs to reduce friction. Just as in the last iteration of the CP4, lightweight titanium engine internals, magnesium outer covers, and aluminum fasteners are used on the R1M for reduced weight, whereas the standard R1 uses less exotic materials. Fracture-split titanium connecting rods are used on both versions for reliability with minimum weight, and the engine architecture retains offset cylinders from the crankshaft centerline to reduce friction loading on the piston and cylinder bore.

2020 YZF-R1M
Both the 2020 YZF-R1M and YZF-R1 get revised cylinder heads and intake tracts.Yamaha

Feeding the revised engine is a new, shorter intake tract and airbox for improved mid-throttle performance. New Bosch fuel injectors spray directly on the intake valve for better fuel atomization and throttle response. A new Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip (APSG) has been combined with a ride-by-wire Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) system to eliminate the throttle cables used on the previous model; Yamaha says this reduces weight and provides smoother throttle operation.

Yamaha’s six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) is the keystone of the R1M and R1’s lean-sensitive traction control and ABS electronics package, processing real-time wheel-speed data and chassis attitude for control of the stability systems. New Brake Control (BC) tech gives the rider two intervention modes: BC1 for enhanced upright, straight-line braking or BC2 for enhanced corning braking where the system intervention increases as the lean angle becomes steeper. A new Engine Brake Management (EBM) system offers three levels of engine-braking force, allowing for less or more compression braking to suit the road or track. Adjustment of both BC and EBM can be done onboard via Yamaha Ride Control or using the Y-TRAC smartphone (Android only) and tablet app.

Yamaha utilizing their own Inertial Measurement Unit
Yamaha’s own Inertial Measurement Unit is used on the R1 and R1M to process chassis attitude.Yamaha

Suspension performance has been upgraded on both YZF-R1 models, with the R1 receiving a new Kayaba fork with new internal shim stack design. The shock gets revised internal damping settings matched to the fork for improved feel on the track and street. The YZF-R1M gets an upgrade to its Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) with an NPX pressurized fork featuring a gas cylinder built into the axle block. Just like the standard model, the shock internals are revised to complement the new fork. The rider can make changes to the suspension settings via Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) or Y-TRAC.

Yamaha Ride Control
Changes to the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1M’s suspension are made via Yamaha Ride Control on the bike, or the rider can use the Y-TRAC app on their smartphone.Yamaha

In addition to the updates to the ABS electronics, the Bosch ABS hydraulic control unit is lighter and more compact and braided stainless-steel lines add feel and responsiveness to the front brakes. A new high-friction pad compound is also used for 2020. Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tires have been chosen by Yamaha for the YZF-R1 and R1M, and feature and new tread pattern and updated multi-compound carcass.

Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tires
Yamaha has chosen Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tires for the 2020 YZF-R1 and R1M.Yamaha

The new face and body of the YZF-R1 and R1M is claimed to be 5.3 percent more efficient. In a tuck, wind noise and pressure on the rider are reduced, while comfort has been improved thanks to smoother side sections where the rider’s legs contact with the motorcycle. The R1M also gets a new carbon-fiber tail cowl, and both models get LED lighting for headlights, taillight, and turn signals. For improved aero, the mirrors now house the turn signals.

The 2020 YZF-R1 will be offered in Team Yamaha Blue and Raven color schemes with an MSRP of $17,300 and will be in dealers in September 2019. Initially the R1M will be available in limited quantities and must be ordered through Yamaha’s online order system. A single Carbon Fiber colorway will have an MSRP of $26,099 and will begin shipping to dealers in September as well.

2020 YZF-R1
2020 Yamaha YZF-R1: $17,300.Yamaha

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 Specifications

MSRP: $17,300
ENGINE: 998cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 4-cylinder; 16 valves
BORE X STROKE: 79.0mm x 50.9mm
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE: 6-speed/chain
FUEL SYSTEM: Fuel injection w/ YCC-T and YCC-I
CLUTCH: Multi-plate wet clutch w/ assist and slipper
FRAME: Aluminum Deltabox w/ magnesium subframe
FRONT SUSPENSION: 43mm KYB inverted fork, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION: KYB single shock, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE: Dual 320mm hydraulic disc; Brake Control System and ABS
REAR BRAKE: 220mm hydraulic disc; Brake Control System and ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR: 10-spoke magnesium
TIRES, FRONT/REAR: 120/70ZR-17 / 190/55ZR-17
RAKE/TRAIL: 24.0°/4.0 in.
WHEELBASE: 55.3 in.
FUEL CAPACITY: 4.5 gal.
WEIGHT: 448 lb.
CONTACT: www.yamahamotorsports.com

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1M Specifications

MSRP: $26,099
ENGINE: 998cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 4-cylinder; 16 valves
BORE X STROKE: 79.0mm x 50.9mm
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE: 6-speed/chain
FUEL SYSTEM: Fuel injection w/ YCC-T and YCC-I
CLUTCH: Multi-plate wet clutch w/ assist and slipper
FRAME: Aluminum Deltabox w/ magnesium subframe
FRONT SUSPENSION: 43mm Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension NPX fork, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION: Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension single shock, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE: Dual 320mm hydraulic disc; Brake Control System and ABS
REAR BRAKE: 220mm hydraulic disc; Brake Control System and ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR: 10-spoke magnesium
TIRES, FRONT/REAR: 120/70ZR-17 / 200/55ZR-17
RAKE/TRAIL: 24.0°/4.0 in.
WHEELBASE: 55.3 in.
FUEL CAPACITY: 4.5 gal.
WEIGHT: 450 lb.
CONTACT: www.yamahamotorsports.com