2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 [Model Overview]

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By Simon Bertram

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1

Introduced back in 1998, the Yamaha YZF-R1 was the bike to spark the imagination of many riders as the century drew to a close. In those days, the R1 was known as one of the highest power (140 crank HP) and fastest (0-60 in 2.9 seconds) bikes you could buy.

Coming into the 2020 model year, the R1 has had 6 generations to develop new technology and features, which come into play with things such as anti-slide, anti-wheelie, offset crossplane 4 cylinder firing inline engine (refined with input from both MotoGP riders Valnetino Rossi and Maverick Vinales), throttle-by-wire (new for 2020), and a host of other top-model systems including optional clutchless upshifts (QuickShift in Yamaha’s nomenclature). The R1 is still known as one of the highest power supersport bikes with power coming in at 198 crank HP (with optional 199 HP in track mode).

As well, for 2020, Yamaha has introduced the newest and, in our opinion, the greatest street/track variant of the R1 known as the R1M. It is differentiated from the R1 the most by having electronic semi-active Öhlins suspension on both front and rear, which makes advanced sports riding and track riding feel less like riding on the tarmac and more like the bike grew out of your hands and legs, and plugged directly into your central nervous system.

Other improvements over the stock R1 are: nearly all body panels are made out of carbon fiber, Yamaha Racing’s excellent Communication Control Unit (derived from the MotoGP YZR-M1) which allows you to view lap times, speed, shifts per lap, and more on a notebook or smartphone by tying into the Y-TRAC application, and street/track-oriented Bridgestone RS11 tires as standard, with a wider 200/55 size rear tire. Finally, the R1M has a slightly …read more

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