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First Impression - Brett McCormick on Yamaha's 2020 R1

Growing up in Canada, one can always count on August being great weather for the most part, and we can also count on September throwing curveballs every year.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 16:34 Published in Feature Stories

Yamaha Unveils New 2020 R1 and R1M Supersport Motorcycles

Toronto, ON – July 13, 2019 – Yamaha Motor Canada is thrilled to announce the latest evolution of its flagship open-class supersport motorcycles, the 2020 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M. Featuring a refined engine, augmented electronic control features, enhanced suspension performance, advanced bodywork, outstanding aerodynamic performance and next-generation R-series design, the 2020 R1 and R1M were built to deliver improved handling and rideability with more electronic control for mastering both the street and track.

Our History. Your Future.
Yamaha has a rich heritage of building the most sought-after supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track. Based on 22 years of proven race-winning engineering, the 2020 Yamaha R1 and R1M are forged from the technology and development gained from countless challenges in MotoGP, World Superbike and MotoAmerica Superbike races, and the gruelling demands of Endurance World Championship racing. From crossplane crankshaft engines to revolutionary electronics such as the six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), Yamaha’s historical achievements have become the future of R World.

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 for More Rider Control
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.

New Features:
• Redesigned cylinder head, fuel injectors, finger-follower rocker arms, and camshaft profiles
• All-new Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip (APSG) ride-by-wire system with YCC-T
• Brake Control (BC) and Engine Brake Management (EBM) for a total of seven electronic control rider aids
• Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) NPX front fork with integrated gas cylinder and optimized rear shock settings (R1M only)
• KYB upside-down front fork with new internal shim stack design (R1 only)
• Optimized settings for linked-type Monocross KYB rear shock (R1 only)
• Next-generation R-Series redesigned bodywork with outstanding aerodynamic efficiency
• Carbon fibre tail cowl (R1M only)
• Bridgestone RS11 Battlax Racing Street tires with updated tread design
• New front brake pad friction material for excellent control while braking

Returning Features:
• Compact combustion chamber and large-diameter intake/exhaust valves (intake 33 mm, exhaust 26.5 mm)
• Twin-injector fuel injection
• Forged aluminum bridge-box pistons
• Titanium fracture-split (FS) connecting rods
• Offset cylinders
• Crank inertial moment engineered to achieve linear throttle response
• 4-2-1 midship muffler with two variable exhaust routes (based on rpm)
• Assist and slipper clutch
• Aluminum Deltabox frame
• Forced air intake
• Aluminum fuel tank with 17-litre capacity
• Cast magnesium wheels
• 320 mm front brake discs and four-piston monobloc calipers
• Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) (R1M only)
• Six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for three-dimensional vehicle attitude detection
• Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) technology
   1. Traction Control System (TCS)
   2. Slide Control System (SCS)
   3. Lift control system (LIF)
   4. Launch Control System (LCS)
   5. Quick Shift System (QSS) with upshift and downshift function
• Power mode selection system (PWR)
• Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) (R1M only)
• Digital thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display
• Communication Control Unit (CCU) (standard equipment for R1M, optional accessory for R1)

Sunday, 14 July 2019 11:09 Published in Industry News

Photo of the Week: Gettin' Low! Mitch Card by Richard Coburn

Looking through our archives this week, we came across this must-see photo taken by regular IM photographer Richard Coburn. Here we see CSBK racer Mitch Card getting reeeeeally low at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader season finale in August. Card showed up to his first CSBK event of the year and finished the weekend with a double-win in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:18 Published in Feature Stories

Beaubier wins Superbike Race 2, makes it a sweep for Yamaha

Cameron Beaubier turned the tables on his Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes today at the Circuit of The Americas, the 22-year-old Californian beating Hayes by .445 of a second in a thrilling race two of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship of Texas, the opening round of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Superbike Championship.

Hayes, who won Saturday's rain-sodden race one, pushed Beaubier for the full 12 laps with the battle coming down to the final corner. That's when Hayes tried to put his Yamaha YZF-R1 where there simply wasn't room. Beaubier held his line as Hayes tried to stuff it up the inside, the pair coming together with Beaubier sprinting off to the checkered flag for his fourth career AMA Superbike win. Hayes, meanwhile, gathered himself up to still finish a close second.

The pair now head to Road Atlanta with a win apiece and an identical tally of 45 points.

For the second day in a row, Yoshimura Roger Hayden finished third with the Suzuki rider much more competitive in the dry than he was in Saturday's wet race. The Kentuckian led some laps early, despite getting his GSX-R1000 completely sideways through the esses on the opening lap. Hayden eventually lost touch with the lead duo and fell into a battle with RoadRace Factory's Jake Gagne. Hayden prevailed for his second third-place finish in a row with Gagne holding on for fourth overall and a runaway victory in the Superstock 1000 class, which runs with the Superbikes but is scored separately.

Monday, 13 April 2015 09:29 Published in Reports, Results & Points

First rides! Yamaha R1, R1M, R3, FJ-09

Yamaha has been on a roll of late with a wide variety of strong new models. The trend continues for 2015.

Monday, 16 March 2015 13:46 Published in Feature Stories