Yamaha Pre EICMA Release
A day before the official opening of EICMA 2019 Yamaha released a “backstage” video unveiling their 2020 models. The #YamahaBackstage video, which was streamed online, showed models already announced by the company in recent weeks (MT-125, MT-03, Tricity and R1), as well as two new announcements: a new Tracer 700 and a new TMAX 560.
The new MT-125 is the young “sibling” of the MT family and is aimed at young riders. The new improved MT-125 is a new machine with new design, new chassis, new front, new suspension, improved brakes and larger fuel tank. It is the first bike in its category to have a VVA engine (Variable Valve Actuation), the process of altering the timing of the valves, which improves efficiency fuel economy and improves performance.
I wrote about the new improved MT-03 in my post last month. The front of the 2020 MT-03 has a new look, new LCD headlight and new bodywork which will include a wider fuel tank among other styling tweaks. The engine has been updated and is made out of lighter materials, with updated pistons and valves for higher efficiency and more efficient heat dissipation. Its capacity will remain 321cc, and is likely to remain at around 42 bhp.
YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M
Yamaha have redesigned the YZF-R1 to meet Euro5 regulations without losing performance. It has Yamaha’s next generation 998 four-cylinder engine which offers improved performance at the high end without losing reliability. The company claims the advanced R1 electronics package is taken from Superbikes. It includes cable-less throttle, new brake control technology, Engine Brake Management (EBM) and Electronic Racing Suspension.
The YZF-R1M is, according to Yamaha, “the pinnacle of our technology”. It has carbon fairing, new electronic suspension, new front fork, and is offering “better performance and better consistency”.
Tracer 700 (MT-07TR)
Three years after introducing the Tracer 700 Yamaha unveiled the 2nd generation of their popular sport-tourer. It received a serious facelift with aggressive design, new front fairing and new front LCD lights. Larger handlebars will provide improved control of the bike and underneath there are LED blinkers. The Tracer 700 has a new 41mm cartridge fork, improved suspension and new rear adjustable shock (preload only).
The capacity of the engine remains 689cc but is now Euro5 compliant. Yamaha have achieved this with a new engine management map and new exhaust system (which according to Yamaha even sounds better…)
Yamaha also made changes to ergonomics and riding position. The seat is a bit higher and offers more comfort to both rider and pillion passenger on long rides. A completely new LCD screen with black background will make the screen more visible and readable.
TMAX and TECH MAX
According to Yamaha The 5th generation of their TMAX has performance combined with style. It gets an increased engine capacity from 530cc to 560cc, in order to meet the Euro5 regulations without affecting performance. It has better torque and is now more powerful in low rpm.
The design is completely new, offering a slimmer look with slimmer side panels, integrated LED indicators and new rear.
It has a new chassis, suspension, traction control and improved electronics .
The TECH MAX will offer all the features of the TMAX, adding some more top class features such as full connectivity, electric windshield, heated grips, heated seat, cruise control and adjustable rear suspension.
A couple of weeks ago in Tokyo, Yamaha revealed the final version of the Tricty. However, they have not yet revealed many technical details and will do so during the official EICMA show in Milan this week. What we do know is that the Tricity is going to have a 300cc “Bluecore” engine, which is lightweight and efficient, producing 28bhp, The Tricity will be equipped with Yamaha’s Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) technology. We also know Europeans will be able to ride the Tricity with a car license!