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2020 Yamaha YZF-R1
2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 (Yamaha /)

When the first Yamaha YZF-R1 fell from the heavens in 1998, that stunning sportbike was a proverbial game changer. Twenty-two years later, the R1 and its up-spec brother, the R1M, remain the Iwata factory’s brand-defining machines. To remain on par with the always-moving yardstick of superbike performance, Yamaha has further developed the new-from-the-ground-up package introduced in 2015, which went on to become a Cycle World Ten Best Winner, not to mention a four-time MotoAmerica Superbike champion. For 2020, Yamaha revised the cylinder head, intake layout, fuel injection, airbox, and valve train for improved efficiency. Updated electronics include a new ride-by-wire system that uses magnetic throttle-position sensors at the handgrip instead of wires.

Yamaha YZF-R1M
Yamaha YZF-R1M (Yamaha /)

Speaking of electronics, the current suite has improved slide and wheelie control, as well as advanced engine-brake management, all to keep rider aids at the pointy end of technological advancement. Other changes include more aerodynamically efficient bodywork and reworked suspension internals to improve feel. The carbon-fiber-clad R1M also gets an Öhlins semi-active gas-charged fork, the first of its kind on a production superbike. No question, this latest iteration offers performance worthy of the R1’s legacy of road-and-racetrack greatness.

Cycle World’s Annual Ten Best Bikes

In 2015 and, again, two years later, Cycle World named the YZF-R1 its Best Open-Class Streetbike. Between those successes, the R1 was named 2016’s Best Superbike, with editors describing the combination of manufacturer’s suggested retail price and competition-derived technology as “the art and science of MotoGP brought to the people.”

2015 BEST OPEN-CLASS STREETBIKE: Yamaha YZF-R1M

2016 BEST SUPERBIKE: Yamaha YZF-R1

2017 BEST OPEN-CLASS STREETBIKE: Yamaha YZF-R1

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 And YZF-R1M First Ride Review

Celebrating 20 Years Of The Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha YZF-R1
Yamaha YZF-R1 (Yamaha /)

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $17,399/$26,099
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-cylinder
Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 79.0mm x 50.9mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 33.7/33.9 in.
Rake 24.0°
Trail 4.0 in.
Front Suspension 43mm fully adjustable; 4.7-inch travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 4.7-inch travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 190/55-17/200/55-17
Wheelbase 55.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 448/450 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height N/A
Dry Weight N/A
Rear-Wheel Horsepower N/A
Rear-Wheel Torque N/A
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A

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