New metal: Yamaha unveils new 2020 R1 and R1M

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Yamaha has announced new versions of its flagship sportsbikes at the Laguna Seca WSBK round.

The 2020 YZF-R1M and the 2020 YZF-R1 feature significant revamps to meet stricter emissions rules on the road and to stay in touch with the ever fiercer competition on the track.

New styling, revised suspension, improved electronics and a reworked engine mean that despite sharing its bare bones with the existing model, the updated R1 promises to be a vastly improved package.

At first glance, the new models may appear to be similar to the existing bikes, but Yamaha has altered almost every panel on the R1. Signature elements remain, including the MotoGP M1-aping nose intake shape and the twin, round headlights below the nose, but the front end is new, as is the tank.

The new R1M also boasts a new carbon fibre tail unit.

The engine updates mean the uprated motor now passes next year’s Euro 5 emissions rules – making it one of the first machines in its class to do so – and Yamaha is still claiming 197bhp, the same as the 2019 model.

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