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2020 Yamaha R1M Features And Specs

Chaparral Motorsports
July 17, 2019

In order to be successful at any job you need the right tools. Yamaha knows this all to well and that's why they refuse to sit still when it comes to their premier performance supersport motorcycles, the R1M and the R1. The R1M is designed for hard core track and performance enthusiasts who want the ultimate machine that will deliver ultimate riding experience. The R1M may not be for everyone but it's ideal for those that are at the top of their game and need a bike that can allow them to push their skills and riding abilities to the max. With trickle down improvements and technology derived from their countless achievements in MotoGP, the new R1M is the tool riders will need for success on the track.


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 R1M® 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. Factory Level GPS Data Logging

The YZF-R1M® comes standard with an integrated Communications Control Unit (CCU) data-logging and GPS system that puts factory superbike technology in the palm of your hand, complete with GPSpowered course mapping, automatic lap timing, and Yamaha Ride

Control (YRC) mobile device adjustability.

4. Dynamic Öhlins® Electronic Racing Suspension

The YZF-R1M utilizes the advanced Öhlins® ERS system, featuring the all-new NPX gas-charged front fork. A dedicated suspension control unit rapidly adjusts the front and rear damping in real time for optimum suspension performance whether braking, cornering, or accelerating.

5. Upgraded Brakes and Tires

The YZF-R1M 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.

6. Sharp New Styling with Unique R1M Detailing

The 2020 YZF-R1M features sleek new bodywork to create an even more aerodynamic profile, with an integrated and harmonious design, complete with a new carbon fiber tail section and numbered badging on top of the airbox cover.


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.

Lightweight Engine Components

Titanium engine internals, magnesium outer covers and aluminum fasteners are used across the engine to reduce weight.

Titanium Exhaust System

The R1M 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 R1M 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 package.

Variable Intake System

The YZF-R1M 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).

Factory Level GPS Data Logging

Yamaha's unique Communication Control Unit is an integrated datalogging and GPS system that puts factory superbike technology in the palm of your hand. Vehicle data can be recorded with course mapping and automatic lap timing managed by GPS, then wirelessly downloaded to the Android® or Apple® iOS® app where it can be analyzed. The rider is then able to adjust system settings and upload these changes back to the R1M for the next track session.

New Engine Brake Management (EBM)

For 2020, the YZF-R1M 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 R1M'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 R1M 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 R1M'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 output.

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 Öhlins® Gas-Charged NPX Fork

For 2020, the YZF-R1M features Öhlins® latest NPX fork system. By utilizing a pressurized nitrogen chamber similar to a rear shock, oil cavitation is essentially eliminated to deliver consistent damping under the toughest conditions with unmatched ride quality and feel.

Dynamic Öhlins® Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS)

The YZF-R1M features the advanced Öhlins® ERS system. The motorcycle's IMU sends vehicle data-such as vehicle speed, lean angle, acceleration and brake pressure-to a dedicated Suspension Control Unit (SCU) which rapidly adjusts the front and rear damping in real time for optimum suspension performance whether braking, cornering, or accelerating. The ERS provides streamlined dynamic tuning modes for both street and track, as well as manual modes for conventional suspension tuning with fixed damping.

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-R1M 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.

New Bridgestone® RS11 Tires

For 2020, the R1M 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 handling.

Compact Deltabox® Frame

The slim aluminum Deltabox® frame, magnesium subframe and polished 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 racetrack.


Refined Styling with Unique R1M Detailing

The 2020 YZF-R1M features updated bodywork to create an even more aerodynamic profile, with stylish lines that give a sleek and integrated design. R1M riders are treated to even higher levels of fit and finish thanks to carbon-fiber bodywork, including a new carbon tail section, matched to a polished aluminum swingarm, and topped with a serial-numbered badge.

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 R1M features a brilliant full-color, thin-film transistor (TFT) meter, including 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 Öhlins® Electronic Racing Suspension NPX fork, fully adjustable; 4.7-in travel

Suspension Rear Öhlins® Electronic Racing Suspension 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 200/55ZR17

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

Seat Height 33.9 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 450 lb

Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Color Carbon Fiber

The new 2020 YZF-R1M will initially be available in limited quantities exclusively through Yamaha's online reservation system in a Carbon Fiber color scheme for an MSRP of $26,099. Customer-selected Yamaha dealerships will begin receiving reserved orders in September. To place a reservation, visit

Source: Yamaha Media

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