In mid-March this year, rumors began to rumble that Yamaha for 2020 is preparing a new generation of YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M models. The rumors mentioned that the aggregate, electronics and transmission will suffer significant changes. And the possibility that the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M will appear with the version of the “seamless” gearbox.
In this text we will only briefly go through several things Yamaha has prepared for this generation R1.
The engine retained its traditional configuration of in line four-cylinder with a “cross-plane” ignition timing. The maximum power according to the first data was declared at about 200 hp at 13,500 rpm. As the laws on CO2 emissions are getting tougher. Yamaha has raised the scale and the aggregate for the year 2020 will apply to the Euro5 norm.
Emphasizing emission standards means that in Yamaha they have to think how to extract more power from the aggregate, without compromising the emission standards. So R1 got a more efficient fuel combustion system. Although it has been said that R1 and R1M will receive a free-throw gearbox by 2020, this did not happen.
Electroncs and suspension
The 6-axis inertial measuring unit continues to be central to the collection of information, with the addition of the G force sensor. The electronics have been upgraded and besides standard tools such as traction control, ABS, driving modes and front-wheel lift control. It contributes to a better response to throttle thanks to the new APSG (Accelerator Position Sensor Grip) system. Which sends a signal to the chip to control the opening of the butterflies using a magnet and sensor system. The novelty is also a different way of functioning of the front-wheel lift control.
So far, the system has functioned by cutting the power from aggregate in the detection of the lifting of the front wheel, and now it works by acting on the rear brake. In the suspension system, Kayaba front fork is a newer generation with a diameter of 43 mm and a length of 120 mm. The inside structure of the front fork was changed for better feedback to the driver. The springs in the fork are smoother, and the level of oil inside the rods is also reduced.
Aerodynamics has also been improving, so Yamaha claims that the new YZF-R1 has a 5% higher aerodynamic efficiency. This will certainly contribute to the acceleration of the motorcycle.
The YZF-R1M version is even more advanced than the standard YZF-R1. One of the main differences is Ohlins electronic adjustable suspension. In addition, the R1M will have an even richer electronics package, and some parts of the armor are made of carbon. Like the previous series, this series R1M comes in a limited number of copies.