The Philippine motorcycle market has seen several new arrivals in recent years—underbones and big bikes alike. Yamaha Motor Philippines, in particular, has added multiple offerings to its local lineup in 2019 alone. Well, that lineup might be experiencing a slight refresh soon—at least we hope so.
That’s because Yamaha Motor Corporation USA has just unveiled the new 2020 YZF-R1M and YZF-R1. These refreshed models will sport the latest tech safety features from Yamaha to provide better control, a smoother ride, and enhanced overall performance versus their precursors.
The new bikes will also pack the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer’s 998cc DOHC liquid-cooled in-line-four engine mated to a six-speed transmission with wet multi-plate assist and a slipper clutch. Hydraulic discs, a brake control system, and ABS for both front and rear ends come as standard. These refreshed models also roll on 17-inch wheels and have a seat height of 33.9 inches. The lightweight aluminum fuel tanks can store up to 17 liters, and consumption is estimated to be around 14km/L.
Needless to say, prices are quite hefty: Manufacturer SRP starts at $17,399 (around P888,000) for the Team Yamaha blue-colored R1, and $26,099 (more than P1,300,000) for the carbon-fiber-covered R1M. But ‘initialliy’—as Yamaha puts it—there will only be limited stocks of these bad boys, and reservations can only be placed exclusively online. Units will arrive in September later this year, and customers may select which dealership they’ll be picking up their orders from.
We witnessed the Philippine launch of the YZF-R3 motorbike in February 2019, and only time will tell if these revamped Yamaha R series bikes will eventually become available on the local market as well. Are you hoping to see these on Philippine roads? Check out a few more photos below and tell us what you think.