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2020 Yamaha R1 and R1M overview | A superbike for the masses

Visordown takes a closer look at what’s new and improved on Yamaha's flagship superbikes; The 2020 YZF R1 & limited edition R1M. 

At the time of writing, Yamaha’s 2020 R1 and R1M are being thrashed around Spain by Visordown’s Toad... the lucky git. Jealousy aside, what’s actually been changed and improved on the new R1? 

Well, besides a fairly subtle front fairing profile change to match that of the M1 MotoGP bike, you’d be hard-pressed to figure out what’s different on this new R1 compared to the 2015 model. It shares the same chassis and powerplant, but under the skin, Yamaha has modified the 200bhp 998cc 4-cylinder cross plane crank engine to have a more potent top end right up to the13,500rpm redline. And despite the gains, it’s still EURO 5 compliant.    

It’s fair to say that Yamaha has perfected and built upon the already exceptional 2015 machine, making subtle but important tweaks to form the R1 into a road-going superbike for the masses. 

Here’s an overview exactly what they’ve improved:

Yamaha YZF-R1 New Features


Yamaha YZF-R1 New Features

Aggressive new M1-style cowling

Fully integrated bodywork for improved rider/machine unity

Aerodynamic efficiency increased by over 5%

Reinforced feeling of quality and M1 DNA

Uprated suspension for refined surface feedback

New 2-mode Brake Control (BC) cornering ABS

New 3-mode Engine Brake Management (EBM)

Optimised Launch Control System (LCS)

New APSG ride-by-wire throttle

Enhanced combustion efficiency and high rpm performance

Increased braking performance

New settings for steering damper

Latest Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tyres

Uprated TFT instruments with BC and EBM indicators

EU5 compliant engine

Price



R1

Price: £16,799

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YZF-R1M New Features


YZF-R1M New Features

Highly sophisticated Öhlins ERS NPX gas pressurised forks

Lightweight carbon tail cowl

Aggressive new M1-style carbon cowling

Stamped with its unique production number

Updated Y-TRAC and YRC settings apps

Fully integrated bodywork for improved rider/machine unity

Aerodynamic efficiency increased by over 5%

Reinforced feeling of quality and M1 DNA

New 2-mode Brake Control (BC) cornering ABS

New 3-mode Engine Brake Management (EBM)

Optimised Launch Control System (LCS)

New APSG ride-by-wire throttle

Enhanced combustion efficiency and high rpm performance

Increased braking performance

New settings for steering damper

Latest Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tyres with 200-section rear

Uprated TFT instruments with BC and EBM indicators

EU5 compliant engine

Price



R1M

£21,199

Click here to find out more

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