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2020 Yamaha R1 Features And Specs

Chaparral Motorsports
July 17, 2019

In the continual journey to deliver the utmost in performance, technology, handling, and ridabilty, Yamaha has once again turned it's attention to its flagship sport bike, the Yamaha YZF-R1. The new R1 features a host of improvements that will ensure the model continues to reign the streets and canyons as the pinnacle in the sport bike world. Below is a list of features and specs on the new 2020 YZF-R1.

Top Features

1. MotoGP®-Derived Crossplane Crankshaft Engine

The 998cc inline-four-cylinder engine features Yamaha's exclusive crossplane crankshaft technology derived from the YZR-M1 MotoGP® machine. Every aspect of this unique engine is built to thrill, and for 2020, updates include a new cylinder head, intake system, fuel injectors and airbox.

2. Digital Superbike Technology

For 2020, the R1® features a new cable-less ride-by-wire Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T®) system that transforms the rider's inputs into motion, with a full suite of IMU-powered electronic rider aids that bring new meaning to the term 'rider confidence.' New electronic features provide even greater adjustability and control, too.

3. Upgraded Brakes and Tires

The YZF-R1® utilizes track-focused braking hardware, featuring potent 4-piston radial-mounted front calipers, stainless steel front lines, big 320mm rotors with new high-friction pads, and an all-new compact ABS unit. New Bridgestone® RS11 tires ensure true racetrack-ready traction with balanced road feel and handling.

4. Sharp New Styling

The 2020 YZF-R1 features sleek new bodywork to create an even more aerodynamic profile, with an integrated and harmonious design.

5. Legendary R- Series Handling

Built around Yamaha's refined Deltabox® aluminum frame technology and mounting high-spec, fully-adjustable suspension, the YZF-R1 exemplifies over 20 years of chassis technology developed on racetracks around the world.


NEW FOR 2020

Next Level R-Series Evolution

For 2020, Yamaha engineers combined feedback from tracks around the
world to set the bar even higher. New electronic systems boost rider
confidence and control, while the revised engine, updated suspension
and brakes, and improved aerodynamics complete the package.


Cutting-Edge CP4® Engine
The R1's 998cc inline-four-cylinder engine features Yamaha's exclusive
crossplane crankshaft technology derived from the YZR-M1 MotoGP®
machine. By equalizing inertial forces at the crankshaft, the CP4 motor
delivers a direct feeling of linear torque, giving the rider the ultimate
connection between throttle grip and the rear wheel.

High-Output Engine Technology
Titanium connecting rods use Yamaha's precision fracture-split method
to ensure reliability with minimal weight. Combined with titanium
intake valves and forged pistons, these lightweight parts help achieve
the CP4's high redline and over-rev capability. The cylinder block is
also offset from the crankshaft, reducing friction loads on the pistons
and bores.

New Intake System
For 2020, a new cylinder head, intake system, fuel injectors and airbox
work together to enhance part-throttle performance. And by creating a
smaller and shorter intake tract, new Bosch® injectors are able to spray
fuel directly against the intake valves, for improved fuel atomization.

Refined Rocker-Arm Valvetrain
Compact rocker-arm valve actuation uses optimized geometry to allow
for larger valve lift than conventional cam-driven systems, while using
lower cam lobes and reduced spring pressure to reduce friction losses.

Titanium Exhaust System
The R1 is equipped with a muffler and heat shields manufactured
primarily from lightweight titanium. The compact midship muffler also
centralizes mass low in the frame and as close to the center of the
machine as possible for optimal handling.

Compact Stacked Transmission
A 6-speed transmission features close-ratio gearing to best match the
high-revving engine. The transmission also "stacks" the input/output
shafts to centralize mass and to keep the overall engine size shorter
front-to-back, which optimizes engine placement in the frame for
outstanding weight balance.

Advanced Clutch
Yamaha's assist and slipper clutch is used to give the rider more
confident downshifts when entering corners aggressively, while still
smoothly handling the torque of the R1's high-output motor.


New Ride-by-Wire Throttle System
For 2020, the R1 features a ride-by-wire Yamaha Chip Controlled
Throttle (YCC-T®) system built around the new Accelerator Position
Sensor with Grip (APSG), which eliminates the throttle cables. As
before, YCC-T precisely senses throttle input by the rider and actuates
the throttle valves to actively control intake volume, allowing for
cutting-edge computerized engine management-now in a lighter

Variable Intake System
The YZF-R1 features Yamaha's Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I®), a
variable intake system that broadens the spread of power in across the
entire rpm range. By actively adjusting the length of the intact system
based on engine speed, the CP4 engine is able to provide a broad
spread of power across the rpm range.

MotoGP®-Level Controllability
Yamaha's Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) combines a gyro sensor and
G-sensor accelerometer that measures all six axes of movement in 3-D
space at a rate of 125 calculations per second. This information is fed
into the Engine Control Unit (ECU) to create a detailed picture of the
motorcycle's position, which then powers the R1's rider-assisting
technology package, Yamaha Ride Control (YRC).

New Engine Brake Management (EBM)
For 2020, the YZF-R1 features an all-new EBM system that allows the
rider to adjust engine braking to suit personal preferences and track
conditions. The EBM system offers three levels of engine brake force to
allow smoother corner entry.

Power Delivery Mode (PWR)
PWR mode lets the rider adjust engine response to best match their
preferences and riding conditions, adjusting throttle feel,
responsiveness, and overall power. The PWR system offers four
settings of progressive power delivery.

Lean Angle-Sensitive Traction Control System (TCS)
The R1's TCS calculates the differences in front and rear wheel speeds
to monitor and reduce unwanted wheel spin during hard acceleration.
Unlike many simplified TC systems, the R1 also uses the IMU to
calculate lean angle, then adjusts the amount of TCS intervention to
best suit the rider's demands. The TCS offers ten separate settings
enabling the rider to dial in the exact level of control needed.

MotoGP®-Developed Slide Control System (SCS)
Yamaha's SCS comes directly from the YZR-M1 MotoGP® bike. By
using the IMU to detect lateral slides under hard cornering acceleration,
the ECU intervenes to regulate power delivery and seamlessly control
the motorcycle's cornering attitude. The SCS features four settings to
suit rider preferences and track conditions.

Lift Control System (LIF)
The Lift Control System utilizes the IMU to detect when the
motorcycle's nose pitches upwards higher or faster than desired, then
progressively regulates engine power to maintain chassis attitude with
minimal loss of forward drive. LIF offers five settings of adjustment for
fine tuning.

Launch Control System (LCS)
Built to deliver an optimum racetrack start every time, the R1's LCS
limits maximum engine rpm and throttle plate opening with input from
the TCS and LIF systems to maximize acceleration from a standing start.
The LCS offers three setting levels to adjust engine control and

Up and Down Quick Shift System (QSS)
The QSS uses a sensor on the shift linkage to modulate power during
shifting, allowing for split-second clutchless shifts up and down
through the gearbox. Full-throttle upshifts maximize forward drive
under power, while the ECU precisely matches engine speed while
downshifting for nearly instantaneous gear changes with minimal
chassis disruption. The QSS can be adjusted between three settings
with independent downshift function control.


New Brake Control (BC) System with ABS
Developed on racetracks around the world, Yamaha's new Brake Control
system works with an Antilock Braking System (ABS) to minimize brake
slip under aggressive braking, or on less than ideal surfaces. The
adjustable BC system uses the IMU to provide progressive brake force
intervention as lean angle increases, to boost rider confidence when
braking mid-corner.

Upgraded Braking Components
The YZF-R1 features 4-piston radial-mounted front calipers riding on
big 320mm rotors for excellent stopping power, with a new highfriction
pad compound for 2020, all supported by a 220mm rear disc
and compact floating caliper. A new Bosch® ABS hydraulic unit is
lighter and more compact, with high-quality braided stainless steel
front lines to provide firm, responsive control feel.

Fully Adjustable KYB® Fork
The R1 features an inverted KYB® front fork with 43mm inner tubes
and a 4.7 inch stroke with full adjustability, for incredible front-end
feel on the track. For 2020, new shim-stack damping pistons improve
road feel under aggressive conditions. All adjustments are also made
on the top of the fork legs, for simplified tuning.

Linkage-Type KYB® Shock
The fully adjustable KYB® shock utilizes a rear bottom link pivot
position that is optimally placed to provide exceptional handling, and
excellent transmission of engine torque to the track surface. Internal
settings are also revised to match the upgraded front fork.

New Bridgestone® RS11 Tires
For 2020, the R1 mounts the latest Bridgestone® RS11 tires. Featuring
a new tread pattern and updated multi-compound carcass, the RS11 is
designed to offer true racetrack-ready traction with balanced road feel
and handling.

Race-Ready Magnesium Wheels
10-spoke cast magnesium wheels significantly lower rotational mass
compared to conventional aluminum cast alloy rims, reducing
unsprung weight for quick direction changes and responsive

Compact Deltabox® Frame
The slim aluminum Deltabox® frame, magnesium subframe and
aluminum swingarm contribute to a compact chassis design with
outstanding track-focused handling. The motor mounts use the engine
as a stressed member of the frame for optimal rigidity balance and
fantastic cornering performance on the race track.

Aluminum Fuel Tank
The aluminum alloy fuel tank weighs in at a full 3.5 pounds less than
a comparable steel tank, further reducing overall weight, and is
sculpted to give the rider a natural lower body connection to the


Refined Styling
The 2020 YZF-R1 features updated bodywork to create an even more
aerodynamic profile, with stylish lines that give a more sleek and
integrated design.

Updated All-LED Lighting
LED headlights are both lightweight and compact, allowing for a more
streamlined design of the front cowling with excellent visibility. For
2020, the lights are more compact and deliver a broader spread of
illumination, too. LED front turn signals are integrated into the mirrors
for improved aerodynamics, while the LED tail light is stylish and
highly visible.

Full Color Instruments
The R1 features a brilliant full-color, thin-film transistor (TFT) meter,
with front brake pressure and fore/aft G-force readouts, giving the rider
even more feedback from the machine. It features both street mode and
a track mode that focuses on performance information, such as YRC
settings (including EBM and BC systems), a zoomed-in view of the
tachometer in the upper rpm range, a lap timer, gear position indicator
and speed.


Engine Type 998cc, liquid-cooled inline 4 cylinder DOHC; 16 valves

Bore x Stroke 79.0mm x 50.9mm

Compression Ratio 13.0:1

Fuel Delivery Fuel injection with YCC-T and YCC-I

Transmission 6-speed; wet multiplate assist and slipper clutch

Final Drive Chain

Suspension Front 43mm KYB® inverted fork, fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel

Suspension Rear KYB® single shock, fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel

Brakes Front Dual 320mm hydraulic disc; Brake Control System and ABS

Brakes Rear 220mm hydraulic disc; Brake Control System and ABS

Tires Front 120/70ZR17

Tires Rear 190/55ZR17

L x W x H 80.9 in x 27.2 in x 45.9 in

Seat Height 33.7 in

Wheelbase 55.3 in

Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°

Trail 4.0 in

Maximum Ground Clearance 5.1 in

Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal

Fuel Economy 33 mpg

Wet Weight 448 lb

Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Color Team Yamaha Blue; Raven

Source: Yamaha media

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