Among the brand new motorcycles it showcased at EICMA, Yamaha announced a couple of small, but not insignificant updates to its YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M.
For 2018, the Yamaha YZF-R1 and the higher-spec YZF-R1M receive a clutchless auto-blipper for downshifts. A new addition to the Quick Shift System, the ECU will now automatically match engine speed when downshifting for quicker gear changes with minimal chassis disruption. Both the new downshifting auto-blipper and the existing clutchless upshifting system can be turned on or off in the R1 and R1M’s settings.
Yamaha also updated the Lift (wheelie) Control System with a more progressive mapping when trying to inhibit front wheel lift during acceleration.
Both the 2018 R1 and R1M also receive updated Bridgestone RS10 tires that Yamaha claims offer improved grip feedback.
The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1M also gets new Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension adjustment settings. The 2018 models offer automatic T-1 and T-2 track modes that focus on adjusting the suspension during braking, cornering and acceleration. An R-1 road setting offers more simplified settings better suited for riding on public streets. The electronic racing suspension will continue to offer three manual modes.
The updated R1 and R1M will arrive in U.S. dealerships in March 2018. The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1M will come in a carbon fiber/liquid metal color scheme for $22,999 while the 2018 YZF-R1 will come in a choice of Raven or Team Yamaha Blue for $16,699. The YZF-R1S will also return unchanged for 2018, in a Cerulean Silver/Raven color.