2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 Guide

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1

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2020 Yamaha YZF-R1:

Featuring next‑generation R‑Series styling, sophisticated electronic control, enhanced braking and suspension performance, and a refined crossplane engine.

Yamaha has a rich heritage of building the most sought-after supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track. The 2020 Yamaha R1 is forged from the technology and development gained from countless racetrack challenges, from MotoGP to the Canadian Superbike Championship. From crossplane crankshaft engines to revolutionary electronics such as the six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), Yamaha’s historical achievements have become the future of R World.

R history. Your future.

Equipped with an aggressive new M1-derived cowl, the more aerodynamic bodywork delivers ultimate performance. Next generation LED headlights and restyled LED position lights reinforce this bike’s intimidating presence – and with the new Brake Control (BC) and Engine Brake Management (EBM) systems, you’re in full control.

Each of the seven adjustable electronic rider aids can be fine-tuned in seconds via the YRC system. And with uprated suspension, a highly refined EU5 engine and premium RS11 tyres, the YZF-R1 has just raised the bar to a new level.



The new 2020 R1 comes equipped with the next generation of Yamaha’s unique 998 cc inline four-cylinder crossplane crankshaft (CP4) engine for refined performance. Returning features such as titanium fracture-split connecting rods and offset cylinders contribute to a responsive and potent character, while the cylinder head, fuel injectors, finger-follower rocker arms, and camshaft profiles are new for 2020.

Based on 22 years of proven race-winning engineering, the 2020 Yamaha R1M and R1 are forged from the technology and development gained from countless challenges in MotoGP, World Superbike, and MotoAmerica Superbike races, and the grueling demands of Endurance World Championship racing.

The R1 features a brilliant full-colour, thin-film transistor (TFT) instrument screen, with front brake pressure and fore/aft G-force readouts, giving the rider even more feedback from the machine. Choose either the street or track display mode, the latter of which focuses on performance information such as YRC settings (including new Engine Braking Management and Brake Control systems), a zoomed-in view of the tachometer in the upper rpm range, a lap timer, gear position indicator and speed.


New YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M: R history. Your future.

Yamaha has been racing and winning ever since the company manufactured its very first motorcycle. Just 10 days after Yamaha Motor Company was founded on July 1st 1955, the YA1 – Yamaha’s very first model – claimed top place on the podium in the prestigious Mount Fuji ascent race. Since that day racing has been an integral part of the company’s DNA, and seven decades later this burning desire to compete and win is what defines Yamaha.

Whether racing a 125cc 2-stroke up a mountain in Japan or fighting for the lead in WSBK and MotoGP, the company’s absolute commitment to racing is second to none, and this devotion to competition pushes Yamaha to create some of the most inspiring, exciting and technologically sophisticated supersport bikes.

Today’s R-Series supersport segment features the widest line up of the most outstanding motorcycles ever built by Yamaha. Developed using the very latest technology from Yamaha’s WSBK winning race bikes – and inspired by the advanced designs seen on the M1 MotoGP bikes – each R-Series model from 1000cc to 125cc has the potential to power today’s thrill-seeking supersport riders into R-World, where boundaries are constantly pushed and ambitions are achieved.

Racing is and always will be the driving force that enables Yamaha to make motorcycles that lead the way, and for 2020 Yamaha introduce the new YZF-R1 and new YZF-R1M supersport models.



2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

At a glance

  • Aerodynamic, new M1-style bodywork
  • Refined, high efficiency 998cc EU5 engine
  • Next generation LED headlights and position lights
  • Improved front and rear suspension performance
  • New 2-mode Brake Control (BC) cornering ABS
  • New 3-mode Engine Brake Management (EBM) system
  • Ride-by-wire APSG throttle
  • Optimised Launch Control (LCS) system
  • 320mm front discs, new high friction pads
  • Latest Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tyres
  • Premium finish with outstanding build quality
  • Uprated TFT instruments with EBM and BC displays



  • Premium Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS)
  • Communication Control Unit (CCU) – Datalogger & vehicle info via Wi-Fi (standard equipment)
  • Wider 200 series rear tire (200/55ZR17)
  • Carbon fibre bodywork


NEW FOR 2020

  • Redesigned cylinder head, fuel injectors, finger-follower rocker arms and camshaft profiles
  • New ride-by-wire system with YCC-T
  • Brake Control (BC) and Engine Brake Management (EBM) for a total of seven electronic control rider aids
  • KYB upside-down front fork with new internal shim stack design
  • Optimized settings for linked-type Monocross KYB rear shock
  • Next-generation R-Series redesigned bodywork with outstanding aerodynamic efficiency
  • Bridgestone RS11 Battlax Racing Street tires with updated tread design
  • New front brake pad friction material for excellent control while braking


2020 YZF-R1

Built without compromise, the legendary YZF-R1 is Yamaha’s ultimate supersport motorcycle.

Since this game-changing model was launced, one of the most significant developments in its history has been the introduction of Yamaha’s revolutionary crossplane engine in 2009. Producing strong, linear torque, Yamaha’s crossplane technology transformed the supersport riding experience with its high levels of useable power, and marked the beginning of a new era in which Yamaha has focused on achieving enhanced rideability and control.

A huge leap forward came in 2015 with the introduction of a whole new generation of electronic control technology which enabled every rider to push their YZF-R1 closer to the limit. Although it shared the same name as its predecessors, the 2015 model was in effect an all-new motorcycle that marked the YZF-R1’s transition from the analogue to the digital world, and in 2018 the introduction of even more electronic advanced rider aids underlined this flagship model’s technological sophistication.

For 2020 the YZF-R1 features a radical new race-bred look together with a highly refined engine and uprated chassis that confirm its position as the ultimate Yamaha supersport. With its radical new MotoGP styling and now equipped with a total of seven electronic rider controls, the 2020 YZF-R1 is more than ready for the third decade of the 21st century.

New M1-inspired body design

Every R-Series model has been inspired by the YZR-M1, and the all-new bodywork on the 2020 YZF-R1 underlines the close link between Yamaha’s MotoGP racing bike and the company’s production supersport models.

Pure M1 DNA is evident in the aggressively styled front cowl and racing screen, and the new fairing’s sides flow seamlessly into the fuel tank assembly to give a clean and fully integrated look that is enhanced by the use of colour matched lower tank panels.

As well as giving the 2020 model a more dynamic style together with a high quality feel, this new bodywork enables riders to reinforce the feeling of unity with their machine. Aerodynamic efficiency is increased by over 5%, giving significant performance gains at high speeds. And the newly styled LED headlights together with redesigned LED position lights further underline the radical next-generation look and character of the 2020 model.

This high quality bodywork also features a new aluminium air duct behind the front cowl that offers increased rigidity, and the lower section of the fairing covering the exhaust system is now manufactured from titanium.

Highly refined EU5-compliant engine

Producing 200PS, the 998cc 4-cylinder engine is one of the most exciting powerplants available in any motorcycle. Delivering the ultimate performance on the circuit, this sophisticated crossplane engine features a range of changes for 2020 that ensure consistently high levels of refined performance while also complying with the latest EU5 regulations.

Optimized high rpm performance

With its unique crossplane crankshaft delivering an uneven 270° – 180° – 90° – 180° firing sequence and producing maximum power at 13,500rpm, the YZF-R1 engine delivers high levels of linear torque to give the most thrilling ride together with an intoxicating character.

Yamaha’s engineers have further refined the engine’s outstanding high rpm performance with the adoption of newly designed finger-follower rocker arms and new cam lobe profiles that give an optimized valve lift and a more stable valve opening and closing at high rpm – which in turn ensures smoother and more efficient engine running.

Increased combustion efficiency

One of the most significant changes is the newly designed intake layout which features a redesigned cylinder head and relocated injector assembly that optimize engine performance. The throttle valves are moved closer to the combustion chambers to reduce intake volume for improved combustion stability and greater efficiency – and the new Bosch injectors are now positioned on top of the 45mm diameter throttle bodies, rather than beneath. These new 10-hole injectors deliver the fuel more directly into the combustion chambers, and also give a wider spray angle of 21.5 degrees in order to promote increased combustion efficiency.

Further upgrades include a redesigned exhaust system that features a total of 4 catalysers – with one pair located in front of the exhaust chamber and another pair at the rear – and both the silencer and also the engine heat protectors feature additional noise-reducing counter measures.

Increased engine efficiency

For increased engine running efficiency and reduced power losses the crossplane engine’s crankshaft benefits from larger diameter lubrication holes together with larger diameter crankshaft journal bearings, and the oil pump uses a 10% more compact rotor. Other changes include resized oil passages in the crankcase assembly in order to optimize the oil pressure, as well as redesigned nozzles on the piston cooler.

Further detail changes for 2020 include a wider second gear pinion for increased transmission efficiency, together with the use of thicker plates on the final drive chain, and for improved cooling performance at the exhaust ports there’s a revised cylinder head coolant passage layout.

Ride-by-wire APSG throttle for improved control

The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) that controls the throttle valves continues for 2020, and for an improved throttle feel and reduced weight the YZF-R1 features a new APSG (Accelerator Position Sensor Grip) system with a magnet and a sensor that sends signals to the YCC-T. In order to retain the intuitive feel of a conventional twistgrip the new APSG unit features a spring, slider and gear that give a natural and progressive feel, and the settings are designed to give improved levels of control with enhanced rider/machine interaction.

Uprated suspension gives increased surface feedback

The YZF-R1’s excellent 43mm Kayaba forks with 120mm of travel are regarded as being amongst the best in class, and the forks’ inner structure has been modified to achieve an improved rider feedback. Newly designed damping valves are arranged in a laminated layout, and this feature – together with a slightly reduced fork spring rate and a revised fork oil level – transmits more accurate road surface feedback to the rider to give a more direct and natural handling feeling.

These changes to the front suspension are complemented by a modified steering damper as well as revised settings to the rear shock that further enhance the chassis performance of the 2020 YZF-R1.

Class-leading braking and roadholding

The YZF-R1’s dual 320mm front discs with monobloc calipers are renowned for their remarkable braking feel and performance, and for 2020 they are fitted with a new high friction pad material that delivers even more powerful stopping. The rubber has also been upgraded on the new model, and the latest Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tyres offer outstanding traction together with accurate feel, enabling the rider to push harder when required.

State of the art electronic control technology

The YZF-R1 has been the first motorcycle to feature next-generation artificial intelligence in the form of a 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). Equipped with gyro and G-force sensors that monitor pitch, roll and yaw – as well as an accelerometer to measure fore-aft, up-down and left-right acceleration – the IMU transmits machine status data 125 times per second to the ECU that controls of the YZF-R1’s sophisticated electronic rider aids.

For 2020 this class-leading supersport benefits from two significant new advanced electronic control technologies that further increase this machine’s outstanding potential on the track.

New Brake Control (BC) system – cornering ABS

The new Brake Control (BC) system allows riders to select one of two ABS modes – BC1 and BC2 – that best match their personal preferences and the riding conditions.

BC1 mode features a fixed level of ABS sensitivity, while BC2 mode has a flexible ABS sensitivity that is dependent upon the machine’s lean angle and attitude. In BC2 mode the ABS sensitivity and intervention speed increase as the banking angle gets greater, giving added confidence and control when cornering.

Data relating to front and rear wheel speed as well as information from the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) – such as lean angle and slipping acceleration – is relayed to the Hydraulic Unit assembly and the ABS electronic control unit which make real-time calculations. This information then enables the Brake Control to prevent wheel lock ups by modulating the hydraulic pressure in the front and rear brake systems.

New Engine Brake Management (EBM)

Another new addition to the YZF-R1’s impressive line-up of electronic control technologies is the Engine Brake Management (EBM), a system that offers riders the option to choose from one of three different levels of engine braking force (high – medium – low) to suit a variety of riding situations and personal preferences. Using data from various sensors including gear position, engine rpm, throttle position and throttle valve position, the ECU adjusts throttle opening, ignition timing and fuel injection volume to control the level of engine braking. EBM1 delivers the highest engine braking force, with EBM3 the lowest.

Modified Launch Control System (LCS)

The YZF-R1’s Launch Control System (LCS) offers increased control during racing starts, and for 2020 the LCS1 mode has been modified to activate at 9000rpm with a throttle opening of 41 degrees.

With the addition of BC and EBM as well as the modified LCS, the 2020 YZF-R1 features a total of seven different types of electronic rider aids and control functions, giving its rider increased confidence and control in a wide range of riding conditions. Each electronic system has been designed to integrate seamlessly with other systems to give a natural and intuitive feel, enabling every rider to fulfil their true potential.

Comprehensive TFT instrument display

The YZF-R1’s fully transmissive Thin Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display has been uprated to include indicators for the new Brake Control (BC) and Engine Brake Management (EBM) features.

YZF-R1 New Features

  • Aggressive new M1-style cowling
  • Fully integrated bodywork for improved rider/machine unity
  • Aerodynamic efficiency increased by over 5%
  • Reinforced feeling of quality and M1 DNA
  • Uprated suspension for refined surface feedback
  • New 2-mode Brake Control (BC) cornering ABS
  • New 3-mode Engine Brake Management (EBM)
  • Optimized Launch Control System (LCS)
  • New APSG ride-by-wire throttle
  • Enhanced combustion efficiency and high rpm performance
  • Increased braking performance
  • New settings for steering damper
  • Latest Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tyres
  • Uprated TFT instruments with BC and EBM indicators
  • EU5 compliant engine

YZF-R1 Key Features

  • 998cc 200PS crossplane 4-cylinder engine
  • Linear torque delivery
  • Highly advanced electronic control systems
  • 6-axis IMU with Gyro/G sensors for 3D motion data
  • Power Delivery Modes (PWR)
  • Banking sensitive Traction Control (TCS) / Slide Control (SCS)
  • Front Lift Control (LIF) and Launch Control System (LCS)
  • Quick Shift System (QSS)
  • Short wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame
  • Upward truss type swingarm / magnesium rear frame
  • Magnesium wheels and 17 litre aluminium fuel tank
  • Power mode selection system (PWR) adjustable riding modes
  • Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD instruments


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2020 YZF-R1 availability and price

The 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 will be available from September 2019. Please contact your local Yamaha distributor for more detailed information and local retail price.





2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


  • Ultra-lightweight, compact, 998 cc, DOHC, 16-valve (4-valves / cyl.), liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine with crossplane-style crankshaft.
  • Redesigned for 2020: cylinder head, fuel injectors, finger-follower rocker arms and camshaft profiles
    • The key components of this cutting edge engine design are the “crossplane” crankshaft and an uneven firing order. Both of these features are used on Yamaha’s race-winning M1 MotoGP racer. The R1 crossplane crankshaft locates the centre two rods at a 90-degree plane from the outer cylinders. Instead of the crank pins aligned on the same plane (a straight line drawn through the center of the crankshaft), they align on 2 planes in the form of a cross, or “crossplane”. Working in conjunction with the crossplane crank is an uneven firing order. This R1 engine fires 1,3,2,4 cylinders and the firing intervals are uneven at 270 / 180/ 90 /180 degrees. What all this means to the rider is the most linear torque possible and amazing throttle control. This engine design allows a whole new level of rider/machine communication. One of the most important benefits is the outstanding cornering performance that increased engine / throttle control allows.
    • The key engineering goal for the R1 series is significant horsepower with excellent controllability, making the bike easier and more enjoyable to ride. The R1 is a rider’s machine.
  • 4-valve cylinder head design
    • compact pent-roof combustion chambers with 13:1 compression ratio
    • lightweight 33 mm intake titanium valves and 26.5 mm steel exhaust valves
    • 4-valve design optimizes breathing efficiency and overall engine performance
    • combustion chambers are machined to ensure exact volume spec for maximum power
  • Special intake port shape provides maximum filling efficiency.
    • port shape, valve placement and combustion chamber shape induce a tumbling effect of the inbound fuel – air charge that increases combustion speed, power and torque
  • Finger-follower rocker arms.
    • reduces friction, allows greater valve lift and provides super accurate control of valve opening and closing at high rpms
    • sliding area of the rocker arms feature a DLC (diamond like coating) to reduce friction and wear
    • valve adjustment pads sit under the rocker arm
  • Valve adjustment intervals are every 42,000 km.
  • High-performance intake and exhaust cams
  • Closed-deck aluminum cylinder with linerless ceramic composite-plated cylinder bores.
    • ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum block, eliminating the liner and reducing weight
    • excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
    • coating enhances the thin film of oil between the cylinder and piston, reducing friction and increasing power
    • closed-deck design allows cylinders to be spaced more closely together, reducing engine width
    • cylinder is a standalone design (not integrated into the upper crank case)
  • Offset cylinder design
    • offset cylinder block relative to the crankshaft (to the exhaust side) reduces frictional losses between the piston and cylinder wall during the power stroke for improved power output
  • Short skirt, forged aluminum pistons.
    • lightweight design for fast throttle response
    • piston features a box-shaped “bridge box” on the underside for increased rigidity and durability
    • special Defric coating on skirt to further reduce friction
    • ring expansion tension is optimized to reduce frictional losses
    • piston oil coolers spray oil at the underside of piston to reduce temperature
  • Crossplane crankshaft design.
    • crank inertial moment has been engineered to achieve linear throttle response, strong acceleration and excellent cornering exit control
  • Super light, fracture split titanium connecting rods feature a “nutless” design.
    • lower end “cap” of the rod is made from the same piece of material as the upper portion; the 2 pieces are “split” apart using a special process known as fracture splitting and then machined
    • lightweight titanium design (60% lighter than a conventional steel con rod) reduces horsepower losses and provides faster throttle response
    • fracture split “Ti” rods are a world’s first to be used on a production motorcycle
  • Single axis balancer shaft
    • reduces engine vibration
  • Crankcases feature a “Tri-Axis” layout for the crank, main and drive axles.
    • creates a more compact and shorter engine (front to back)
    • shorter engine allows for optimum engine placement in the “sweet spot” of frame for desired weight distribution and great handling
  • Closed-loop, 45 mm Mikuni throttle body fuel injection system with twin injectors.
    • twin injector (primary and secondary) system is used on our MotoGP M1 race bike, R1 and YZF-R6
    • primary injectors are located in the throttle bodies, secondary injectors located in the airbox, very near the computer-controlled intake funnels
    • both primary and secondary injectors utilize 12 spray holes to maximize fuel atomization
    • secondary injectors, located inside the air box, begin to function at mid-rpm to redline
    • ” loop system” uses dual oxygen sensors to sniff spent exhaust gases and automatically adjusts the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions
    • fuel injection benefits include instant throttle response, choke-free starting, steady idle during warm up and reduced emissions
  • Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T)
    • YCC-T electronically controls throttle valves for outstanding throttle response and controllability
    • system features Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) and D.C. motor driven throttle valves
    • YCC-T system provides precise control of intake air volume for a smoother torque curve
    • ECU that controls YCC-T is capable of responding to changes at a speed of 1/1000th of a second
  • Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) system
    • intake funnels / stacks vary in length between two preset positions depending on engine rpm
    • electronic servo motor varies the funnels. The revolutionary YCC-I provides the best of both worlds – solid low-rpm torque and power combined with an amazing high-rpm rush. It takes only 0.3 seconds for the funnels to move from the tall to the short position
  • Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip (APSG).
    • eliminates the need for throttle cables and reduces weight while providing smoother throttle operation
  • Compact six-speed transmission.
    • features optimized gear ratios matched to engine output for maximum performance
  • Compact, lightweight slipper or back limiter clutch assembly with assist.
    • reduces rear wheel hop when making down shifts under hard braking
    • key benefit is reduced lap times and smoother control when participating in a race or track day
    • assist function reduces clutch lever effort
  • Ram Air Induction System
    • features a centrally-located intake duct between the LED headlights, delivering cool, force-fed air which pressures the airbox and increases power output at higher speeds
    • straight shot induction from centrally located fairing duct to air box without bends or turns
  • Large-capacity airbox
    • large capacity maximizes performance
    • M1-inspired intake duct with solenoid valve reduces intake noise and improves high-rpm power
    • viscous type, high-flow air filter is used
  • Mid-ship design 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust system
    • features lightweight titanium header pipes and muffler for reduced weight
    • design maximizes power, reduces weight, centralizes mass and lowers the centre of gravity for fast, light, agile handling
    • dual 3-way honeycomb catalyzers which reduce harmful exhaust emissions.
  • Special exhaust valve device
    • located in under-engine chamber and features two separate exhaust flow routes based on rpm
    • system allows a more compact muffler design that provides outstanding power output and torque characteristics while still providing sufficient silencing
  • Yamaha’s EXUP System (Exhaust Ultimate Power Valve).
    • part of the mid-ship exhaust system
    • utilizes a titanium body and butterfly valves that prevent the “blow-back” phenomenon caused by “valve overlap”
    • design reduces weight and maximizes cornering clearance
    • EXUP system eliminates “flat spots” in the powerband and reduces emissions too
  • High-efficiency, high-capacity curved radiator.
    • curved rad provides more cooling surface area than a conventional flat rad
    • ring-type fan provides increased airflow (and cooling) versus a standard cooling fan
  • Air-cooled oil cooler sits below the main rad to maintain stable lubricant temperatures.
  • Optimized wet sump lubrication system
    • features special oil routing to the big end rod bearings
    • lightweight, deep bottom magnesium oil pan significantly reduces weight
    • convenient spin-on-type oil filter is used.
  • Super lightweight magnesium cylinder head and crankcase covers secured by aluminum bolts.
    • magnesium offers significant weight savings
  • Compact ACM (alternator) is mounted directly to the crankshaft.
    • compact ACM uses rare earth magnets which produce more power for a given size than conventional magnets, therefore reducing size and weight
  • Maintenance-free, transistor-controlled ignition (TCI).
    • produces a strong spark for fast starts
    • provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpm
  • Direct ignition coils, iridium dual electrode spark plugs and high-output magneto.
    • ignition coils integrated into plug caps, significantly reducing weight and complexity


Many of the following rider assist aids are derived from Yamaha’s MotoGP race efforts and help make the R1 more controllable and enjoyable to ride. We call them Yamaha Ride Controls (YRC).

  • At the heart of the “Yamaha Ride Control” electronic rider assist aids are the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and Electronic Control Unit (ECU).The IMU features six axis of measurement using a gyro sensor to detect rotational motion in the pitch, roll and yaw directions. A G-sensor detects acceleration / velocity in the forward/back, up/down and left/right directions. The vehicle position information obtained from the two sensors including bank angle, pitch rate and sideways slide acceleration is sent to the ECU, which in turn controls the five YRC systems (not including the quickshift system). These variables are calculated 125 times per second.
  • PWR: Power Delivery Modeis Yamaha’s variable throttle control, which controls the throttle valve opening speed, enabling the rider to adjust performance characteristics of the engine based on riding preferences or conditions. There are four power settings available from an enhanced race setting to a slippery condition mode with softer power characteristics.
  • TCS: Traction Control Systemwith lean angle sensor. System uses front and rear wheel sensors to detect slip and then adjusts / regulates power via the ECU / IMU to control rear wheel spin. In addition to detecting difference in speed between the front and rear wheels, the system uses input on the degree of bank / lean angle to adjust the degree of TCS intervention to an optimum level in relation to riding conditions in real-time. As the banking angle increases, the amount of TCS intervention also increases. When the TCS is disabled, SCS, LIF and LCS systems will automatically be shut down as well. There are 9 settings plus off.
  • SCS: Slide Control Systemcontrols engine power when side slip is detected. Power output is adjusted to an optimum level to control side slide. There are 3 settings plus off.
  • LIF: Lift Control System(a.k.a. anti-wheelie control) reduces time loss due to wheelies during closed course competition. System reduces front end lift during starts and hard acceleration. When the IMU and other sensors detect lift, engine output is adjusted to the optimum level to maintain strong acceleration without lift. There are 3 settings plus off.
  • Revised Launch Control Systemensures fast, strong, controllable starts in closed-course competition situations. When the LCS is activated, it keeps the engine limited to a specific rpm and maintains an optimum level of engine power in conjunction with inputs from the TCS and LIF systems, allowing the rider to concentrate on clutch engagement and the other competitors, reducing stress associated with race starts. There are 2 settings plus off.
  • QSS: Quick Shift System provides smooth, fast upshifts even at full throttle. When the switch on the shift lever rod detects motion, it adjusts engine output and momentarily cancels out the drive torque to promote faster gear shifts. There are 2 settings plus off.
  • NEW Engine Brake Management (EBM):
  • allows the rider to adjust engine braking to suit personal preferences and track conditions.
  • offers three levels of engine brake force to allow smoother corner entry
  • Communication Control Unit (CCU) (available as an accessory for the R1):
    • CCU is Yamaha’s data acquisition unit – a great tool for track day and race enthusiasts
    • works with iOS and Android platforms
    • parameters recorded include: traction-control activation, front and rear ABS activation, lean angle, vehicle speed, engine rpm, wheel speeds, throttle position, gear position, front and rear brake pressures, coolant temperature and lap times
    • information in conjunction with position on the race track
    • possible to overlay multiple laps and share data with other R1 riders


  • Gravity-cast aluminum Deltabox frame
    • designed to offer an optimized rigidity balance to maximize handling and suspension performance. Frame provides a balance of strength, rigidity and tuned flex
    • engine is a stressed member with rigid mounts
    • benefits include reduced weight, excellent high-speed stability and cornering characteristics, excellent traction / drive characteristics exiting a corner, and a greater freedom in choosing or changing a line through a turn
  • Detachable magnesium cast rear subframe
    • reduces weight
    • allows easier rear shock access and reduces costs in the event of damage
  • Polished, lightweight aluminum upward truss-type swingarm
    • provides great torsional rigidity for excellent rear wheel traction and control
    • swingarm length is 570 mm
    • design and length help reduce effects of chain tensioning during hard acceleration
    • swingarm is polished aluminum and clearcoated (not painted)
  • Key chassis geometry figures:
    • 1,405 mm wheelbase, 24-degree caster angle, 102 mm of trail
    • 56-degree maximum lean angle
  • Fully adjustable KYB 43 mm inverted fork with 120 mm (4.7″) of wheel travel.
    • new internal shim stack design for 2020
    • adjustments include 10 turns of spring preload, 8-way rebound & 18-way compression damping
    • incredible suspension performance with excellent “feedback”
    • inverted design reduces unsprung weight & increases the rigidity of the fork since the larger diameter tubes are gripped in the triple clamps
    • adjustable design allows the rider to tune suspension to match riding style, rider weight & road or track conditions
  • Fully adjustable Monocross link rear suspension utilizes a piggyback-style KYB shock providing 120mm (4.7″) of wheel travel.
    • revised internal settings for 2020
    • shock adjustments include: 8 mm of treaded spring preload, 23-way rebound damping, 18-way slow speed compression damping and 5.5 turns of high speed compression damping
    • overall shock length can be adjusted by 5 mm for ride height adjustability
    • piggyback design helps to keep the shock oil cool for more consistent damping
  • Electric steering damper
  • ABS equipped, radial mount, 4-piston, monoblock calipers squeeze fully floating 320 mm dual front discs.
    • incredible braking performance with excellent control and lever feedback
    • radial-mount design helps to reduce caliper distortion for improved braking performance
    • Nissin radial master cylinder
    • stainless steel mesh brake lines
    • 6-position adjustable brake lever
  • Single-piston, slide-type Nissin rear caliper squeezes a lightweight 220 mm disc.
  • Front and rear brakes feature Yamaha’s latest anti-lock brake (ABS) technology
    • main benefit of ABS is excellent control under hard braking or braking on wet or slippery surfaces
    • when ABS system senses impending wheel lock-up (via active type wheel sensors) it regulates the hydraulic brake pressure to the point just before the wheel(s) lock-up
  • NEW Brake Control (BC)
    • Developed on racetracks around the world, Yamaha’s new Brake Control system works with 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.
  • Super lightweight, die cast magnesium 10-spoke mag wheels.
    • over 1 kg of weight savings over previous-generation R1)
    • lightweight design reduces unsprung weight and contributes to excellent suspension and handling performance
    • front rim size is MT3.50 x 17, rear rim is MT6.00 x17
    • R1 features a 190 series rear tire – 190/55ZR17
  • Lightweight, 17-litre aluminum fuel tank.
    • tank provides excellent knee grip for hard braking and easy manoeuvrability
    • elongated shape helps to centralize mass and reduces variance in riding feel as the fuel load (weight) changes
    • 3-litre reserve capacity (fuel trip meter activates)
  • Redesigned bodywork for 2020
    • 5.3% increase in aerodynamic efficiency over previous R1
    • reduced wind noise and pressure on the rider when in a tucked position
    • improved comfort from smoother side sections where the rider?s legs contact the bike.
  • LED headlights (redesigned for 2020) and high-intensity LED position lights.
    • new lights create a “face” never seen before on a motorcycle and provide a stylish and unique look for the R1/R1M
    • excellent illumination and visibility
    • reduced power consumption
  • Fully digital instrument panel with TFT liquid crystal display.
    • displays have been concentrated into a single 4.2-inch screen that adopts a fully transmissive Thin Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display that reduces reflections and glare
    • white or black backgrounds can be selected
    • auto brightness adjustment based on available ambient light
    • 2 screen modes are available: street and track
    • street display mode functions include; speedo, bar-style tach, odometer, dual trip meters, gear position, intake air temp, coolant temp, instant and average fuel efficiency, clock, fuel consumed, fuel trip meter (appears when fuel switches to reverse – 3 litres remaining), peak rpm indicator, front brake pressure indicator, acceleration indicator, lap timer, ERS indicator and selected YRC setting info
    • track mode functions include; race tach setting (tach starts at 8,000 rpm), lap number, lap timer (up to 40 laps), stop watch, gear position, speed and most of the above street displays including YRC setting info
  • Immobilizer ignition system is designed to reduce the possibility of “ride-away” theft.
    • system must recognize the “coded ignition key” in order for the unit to start
    • if the immobilizer ignition does not recognize the key, the ignition system and starter will not function, even if the ignition is forced into the on position


  • LED front turn signals integrated into mirrors
  • Compact, LED rear turn signals
  • LED tail light
  • 12-volt auxiliary DC connector (24 W / 2A)
  • Large 25 mm hollow front axle
  • Extensive use of lightweight fasteners
  • Oil level sight glass window
  • Lightweight 525 series “O” ring drive chain.
  • Low maintenance, lightweight, sealed battery (battery should be charged during winter storage)


Communication Control Unit (CCU) is a plug & play datalogger with GPS-based information. It is an option on the above R1 and standard equipment on the YZF-R1M premium model. Please see the R1M info for more details on the CUU and its functions.

NOTE: The YZF-R1 offers a significant level of power and performance. It is not intended for novice or inexperienced riders. All information is subject to change without notice.





2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $17,399 – Sandy Beige
Canada MSRP Price: $21,999 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in AU

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
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
*** Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as
applicable) and a full tank of fuel. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is
useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.



2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valves (4-valves / cyl), in-line four
998 cc
Bore and Stroke
79 x 50.9 mm
Compression Ratio
Maximum Torque
11.5 kg-m (83.2 ft-lb.) @ 11,500 rpm
Engine Management
Fuel Delivery
Mikuni 45 mm throttle body FI with twin injectors (primary & secondary)
Estimated Fuel Consumption±
14.4 kpl / 40.6 mpg (Imp.)
Wet sump
Ignition / Starting
TCI / Electric
Final Drive
520 series O-ring chain
Suspension (Front)
Fully adj. 43 mm inverted fork / 120 mm (4.7″) wheel travel
Suspension (Rear)
Fully adj. bottom link Monocross / 120 mm (4.7″) wheel travel
Brakes (Front)
Dual 320 mm discs / radial mount, 4-piston calipers / ABS & UBS-equipped
Brakes (Rear)
220 mm disc / single piston caliper / ABS & UBS-equipped
Tires (Front)
Tires (Rear)
2,055 mm (80.9″)
690 mm (27.2″)
1,150 mm (45.3″)
1,405 mm (55.3″)
Rake / Trail
24° / 102 mm
Ground Clearance
130 mm (5.1″)
Seat Height
855 mm (33.7″)
Fuel Capacity
17 litres (3.7 Imp. gal.)
Wet Weight
201 kg (443 lb.)
Yamaha Racing Blue
Metallic Black



2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details


Engine type

liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valves, DOHC, 4-cylinder


998 cc

Bore x stroke

79.0 × 50.9 mm

Compression ratio


Maximum power

147.1kW (200.0PS) @ 13,500 rpm

Maximum torque

113.3Nm (11.6kg-m) @ 11,500rpm

Lubrication system

Wet sump

Clutch type

Wet, Multiple Disc

Ignition system


Starter system


Transmission system

Constant Mesh, 6-speed

Final transmission


Fuel system

Fuel Injection





Front travel

120 mm

Caster angle



102 mm

Front suspension system

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension system


Rear travel

120 mm

Front brake

Hydraulic dual disc brake

Rear brake

Hydraulic single disc brake

Front tyre

120/70ZR17M/C (58W) Tubeless

Rear tyre

190/55ZR17M/C (75W) Tubeless



Overall length

2,055 mm

Overall width

690 mm

Overall height

1,165 mm

Seat height

855 mm

Wheel base

1,405 mm

Minimum ground clearance

130 mm

Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)

201 kg

Fuel tank capacity

17 litres

Oil tank capacity

4.9 litres





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