Yamaha Unveils New YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M
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The house of the three tuning forks renews its supersport segment by presenting for 2020 the new supersport Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M. The R-Series models are the result of the Japanese brand’s technological experience derived from the world of racing, the winning Superbike bikes and the unique and innovative design of the M1 that runs in MotoGP.
Yamaha: the new YZF-R1
In 2009, he adopted the revolutionary crossplane engine, with its full-bodied, linear torque, ever more manageable power, greater handling and control. In 2015, a latest-generation electronic management system was implemented, marking the definitive transition of the YZF-R1 from the analogue to the digital world. But the great innovation starts with the 2020 model. A more aggressive look totally devoted to the world of racing.
Improved engine, completely revised chassis and seven electronic control systems, all strictly in MotoGP style. The new hull offers greater aerodynamic efficiency and highlights the racing style, such as the plexi racing fairing, and with the sides that connect in the area of the tank and LED headlights that enhance the really extreme line of the bike. In addition, a new aluminium air duct has been positioned behind the fairing to increase the stiffness of the hull, while the lower part that covers the exhaust has been made of titanium.
Yamaha YZF-R1: the Characteristics of the Bike
The 998 cc 4-cylinder engine is capable of delivering as much as 200 hp with a full-bodied and linear torque and meets the Euro 5 standard. Thanks to its crossplane shaft, the engine has irregular bursting intervals at 270° – 180° – 90° – 180° and a maximum power that is reached at 13,500 rpm. The adoption of new finger rockers and new cam lobe profiles has made it possible to optimise valve lift and make opening and closing more stable at high rpm. This solution has allowed the engine to run more smoothly and efficiently.
The intake system also has a new design, the cylinder head has been redesigned and the injector unit has been relocated to optimise engine performance. Now the flicker bodies are closer to the combustion chamber, reducing the volume of intake air while improving the stability and efficiency of the combustion. In particular, the new Bosch injectors are positioned above the 45 mm diameter throttle bodies, while the new 10 nozzle injectors spray fuel more directly into the combustion chamber at an angle 21.5 degrees wider than the previous one.
Finally, the new exhaust design features a total of 4 catalysts, two located in front of the expansion chamber and the other two behind with the silencer and engine heat shield, which further reduce noise. The ride-by-wire accelerator uses the new Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG) system with a magnet and a sensor that transmits information to YCC-T with settings specifically designed to improve control and interaction between rider and bike. Kayaba fork suspension with 43mm stems and 120mm travel with redesigned damping valves arranged in a reed valve layout together with a modified steering damper and new rear damper settings that further enhance the chassis performance of the YZF-R1 2020. The braking system consists of 320 mm double front discs with monobloc calipers, Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tyres.
Yamaha YZF-R1: Electronics
The new YZF-R1 is the first motorcycle to use artificial intelligence integrated with the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) 6-axis inertial platform. It is equipped with gyroscopic and gravity force sensors that monitor pitch, roll and yaw, as well as an accelerometer used to measure longitudinal, vertical and lateral acceleration.
The IMU transmits data on the bike 125 times per second to the control unit that controls the sophisticated electronic controls of the YZF-R1. The new Brake Control Brake System allows riders to choose one of two ABS modes: BC1 and BC2. BC1 mode has a fixed level of ABS sensitivity, while BC2 mode has a variable ABS sensitivity that depends on the angle of lean and the bike’s attitude. Front and rear wheel speed data and inertial platform (IMU) information, such as lean angle and slip acceleration, are transmitted to the ABS hydraulic system and control unit for real-time calculations. Important information that allows the Brake Control to prevent wheel lock by modulating the hydraulic pressure in the front and rear braking systems.
Other new features include the Engine Brake System, EBM, with which you can choose between three different levels of engine brake, high, medium and low, the Launch Control System, LCS, which offers greater control during the race starts together with the LCS1 mode specially modified on this model to operate at 9000 rpm with a gas opening of 41 degrees, and finally updated the liquid crystal display TFT. The new YZF-R1 2020 will be available from next September.
Yamaha YZF-R1M 2020
The YZF-R1M 2020 also benefits from a number of major upgrades. First and foremost, the new Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension system, ERS, equipped with the advanced gas-pressurized Öhlins ERS NPX forks. The fork has a small integrated gas tank with an internal pressure of 0.6 MPa able to reduce the cavitation of the fork oil caused by the negative pressure that occurs in extension.
It also revises the Öhlins Electronic rear suspension by changing the preload setting. A new carbon tail completes the hull together with the carbon front mudguard, elements that together with the new hull make the bike lighter and more responsive.
YZF-R1M 2020: new Electronics
Yamaha has developed a series of applications for the YZF-R1M that allow each driver to have access to the sophisticated technology used by the official teams. In particular, the YRC Setting app allows you to create your own personalised driving modes by adjusting the seven electronic control systems.
Y-TRAC, Yamaha’s Telemetry Recording and Analysis Controller, allows drivers to access the YZF-R1M CCU and download a set of data to a mobile device. With Y-TRAC it is possible to view and reproduce the log files in real time on the Google Maps image of a race circuit, as well as analyze and compare each element, from the engine speed to the bend angle, up to the acceleration of gravity, and also check the status of activation of various electronic controls. The new YZF-R1M can be booked online from July 25, 2019, all details will be announced shortly.