Yamaha unveiled 2020 YZF R1 and R1M, price is still unknown

Covers are now off the 2020 Yamaha R1 and R1M at American round in Laguna Seca. Yamaha has unveiled the 2020 edition of street-ready YZF R1 and tracks ready YZF R1M to keep up in the race of liter-class superbikes. The design tweaks on 2020 R1 is significant since 2015.


This 2020 sleek machine draws inspiration from Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP machine. The latest entrant feels stop on in terms of Yamaha’s sport-oriented design philosophy. LED projector lamps are now redesigned which looks far better than the previous complete round units. The eyebrow DRLs are smartly placed on top of projector lamps. At the center of the front cowl is the Ram air intake. This time around, a taller windscreen is provided for improved aerodynamics by up to 5%.

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Powering new Yamaha R1 is same 998 cubic-centimeters, inline-4, crossplane crank engine. This powerplant churns out good 197bhp at 13,500rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission which is assisted by up & down quickshifter. The power output is same as that of the outgoing model but the engine now comprises of finger-follower rocker arms and cam lobes for better valve operation at higher engine speed.


New engine is now Euro-5 complaint due to revised air intake system, wide spraying 10-hole Bosch fuel injector, and four catalysers in the exhaust system. On the other hand, top end performance is improved by Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCCT) ride-by-wire system.

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Speaking of electronic aids, Yamaha has given a lot on this machine. There is three-mode engine braking management which gives you the option to increase or decrease level of engine braking. A six-axis IMU assists new brake control system which in turns works with ABS. The brake control system maintains proper braking even at the corners. The reworked Traction control system now activated at 9000 rpm.


The suspension is taken care of by 43mm Kayaba fork with new damping set up and redesigned rear monoshock. Steering damper is also tweaked a bit to provide better steering feedback. To keep the bike sticking to the asphalt, new Bridgestone Battalax RS11 tyres are used. The instrument cluster is a completely digital unit with option for smartphone connectivity. You can change the bike’s settings via a mobile app on Android and iOS.

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R1M, on the other hand, get fully adjustable Ohlins suspension set up at both ends. The complete body of R1M is done with carbon-fiber which makes it lighter than the road going version.


Pricing and availability are not revealed by the company yet. But we think that 2020 Yamaha R1 and R1M will go on sale in the upcoming months.

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