2020 Yamaha YZF-R1M

  • The 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 and 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1M were launched at the American World Superbike round.

  • The new bike has plenty of updates including the bodywork.

  • The new engine is Euro5-compliant with a number of updates.

We knew the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 and 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1M were bound to be introduced this year (probably at Intermot of EICMA). However, the manufacturer sprung a surprise and unveiled both at the Laguna Seca racetrack during the World Superbike round.

Its predecessor and variants were mostly-unchanged since 2015, while rival manufacturers had gone ahead and updated their existing or introduced completely new models.

Anyhow, the wait is over.

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1

The new R1 and R1M looks even more “GP-inspired” and is packed with a number of important new tech.


  • New more aerodynamic bodywork with is 5.3% more efficient in flowing air. The screen and fairing combine with the fuel tank.
  • Aluminium air duct behind the large central intake provides more rigidity to the fairing.
  • A titanium lower panel strengthens the lower fairing.
  • New LED headlights for the new fairings.
  • New Euro5-compliant engine.
  • The 998cc crossplane inline-Four engine produces 197hp.
  • Updated finger follower rocker arms and new cam lobes.
  • 43mm fully-adjustable Kayaba forks.
  • Six-axis IMU-based Cornering ABS.
  • Brake pads with new materials for higher friction.
  • Three-mode Engine Braking Management (EBM).
  • The EBM monitors gear position, engine RPM, throttle position, throttle valve position. The ECU alters throttle position, ignition timing and fuel injection.
  • Updated launch control system which activates at 9,000 RPM.

The YZF-R1M, gets more goodies since it’s Yamaha’s alpha bike. It’s made in limited numbers, by the way.


  • Lighter bike due to carbon fibre fairings, mudguard and tail section, besides magnesium wheels and subframe.
  • Öhlins electronic NPX anti-cavitator gas forks.
  • Updated Öhlins electronic rear shock.
  • YRC Settings app.
  • New Y-TRAC app accesses bike’s Communication Control Unit (CCU) to download ride data.
  • The data can be viewed in Google Maps, displaying information such as acceleration and G-forces.
  • Engraved badge with production number.

Will we ever get to see the Yamaha YZF-R1 and Yamaha YZF-R1M officially imported in Malaysia? Your guess is as good as ours.


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