Yamaha has this past weekend unveiled its latest YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M supersport models.
Featuring an all-new MotoGP-inspired look, the 2020 model year YZF-R1 gets a restyled front cowl and racing screen, while the new fairing’s sides flow into the fuel tank assembly to give a more clean and integrated appearance than previously; this is further enhanced by the use of colour matched lower tank panels.
With all of the changes, Yamaha’s designers claim to have enhanced aerodynamic efficiency by over 5% over the outgoing model, resulting in “significant” performance gains at high speeds.
The bodywork also features a new aluminium air duct behind the front cowl that is said to offer increased rigidity, and the lower section of the fairing covering the exhaust system is now manufactured from titanium.
Additional exterior mods include newly styled LED headlights together with redesigned LED position lights.
The bike’s 197 bhp, 998cc 4-cylinder engine has also undergone a number of tweaks. One of the most significant changes is a newly designed intake layout that features a redesigned cylinder head and relocated injector assembly that reportedly improves engine performance.
Further upgrades for the new YZF-R1 include a redesigned exhaust system that features a total of 4 catalysers – with one pair located in front of the exhaust chamber and another pair at the rear – and both the silencer and also the engine heat protectors feature additional noise-reducing counter measures.
The inner structure of the bike’s 43 mm Kayaba forks have also been modified to achieve better rider feedback. Newly designed damping valves are arranged in a laminated layout, and this feature – together with a slightly reduced fork spring rate and a revised fork oil level – is claimed to transmit more accurate road surface feedback to the rider. The changes to the front suspension are complemented by a modified steering damper as well as revised settings to the rear shock.
While the bike’s dual 320 mm front discs with monobloc calipers remain the same as before, there’s a new brake control system that allows riders to select one of two ABS modes – BC1 and BC2; the former features a fixed level of ABS sensitivity, while the latter has a flexible ABS sensitivity that is dependent upon the machine’s lean angle and attitude.
Another new addition to the YZF-R1’s line-up of electronic control technologies is a three-mode engine brake management system that offers riders the option to choose from one of three different levels of engine braking force, namely, High, Medium and Low.
For 2020, the bike’s launch control system has also been modified to activate at 9000 rpm with a throttle opening of 41 degrees.
The track-focused YZF-R1M, meanwhile, features the latest Öhlins ERS NPX gas pressurised forks, as well as a new lightweight carbon tail cowl and more sophisticated electronics.