PULSE
2020

ISSUE ONE

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Always pushing to the limit and in search of the ideal line, you’ve got 205 HP beneath you. Unbridled power pushes your RR to the max - with a maximum torque of 83 lb-ft at 11,000 rpm and a torque curve of at least 74 lb-ft over a range of 5,500 to 14,500 rpm. Ten years after the first generation of the RR first mesmerized the world of motorcycles, BMW is now pushing into the next level of performance. Almost every component of the RR has been updated - from the front to the rear. The result: less weight and noticeably higher performance. It’s being billed by the manufacturer as the Superbike of superlatives and it’s easy to see with one quick glance that the BMW S 1000RR is pushing the boundaries of Supersport performance. 

Anyone who looks at it immediately understands that this is a high performance motorcycle. Every part of the RR has been designed to get the most out of it. Take, for instance, the frame layout with its new suspension technology that makes the RR lighter and more precise. In addition, there is the ergonomically focused seating position, which is unrivaled thanks to the modified frame and fairing design. The standard LED headlights give the bike a dynamic and aggressive look. The front indicators have moved from the fairing to the rearview mirrors, which not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but it also provides improved visibility. Seen from the rear, the RR dominates in terms of design and functionality: “All-in-one” is the motto here. In addition to license plate lighting, the license plate bracket now also includes LED turn signals, tail lights and brake lights.


When it comes to top performance, the RR is your perfect partner. And not just on the road, but also on the track. In a few simple steps, you can dismantle both the rearview mirror and the license plate bracket and you’ve got a racing bike. The optionally available M Package turns your RR into the ultimate racing machine. Here the weight is once more reduced by around 7.7 lbs down to a mere 427 lbs. In addition to the Motorsport finish, the M carbon wheels, the M battery, the M seat with M passenger seat cover and the M swing arm pivot you also get Ride Modes Pro with the configurable Ride Modes Race Pro 1-3 and electronic assistance systems, such as DTC +/- Shift, ABS Settings, engine mappings, wheelie control and slide control and a whole lot more.

The newly designed, four-cylinder engine is the new RR power train. Not only was the peak output increased to 205 HP at 13,000 rpm, but the torque curve was also optimized.

 

Thanks to the new BMW ShiftCam technology, which selects the valve opening time and the valve lift by means of the camshaft, significantly more torque and power are applied even in low and medium engine speed ranges. In addition, numerous other components were adapted to further optimize weight, space and design. These include a new timing concept, hollow-drilled titanium intake valves and an improved and self-reinforcing multi-disc, anti-hopping wet clutch (-20N). The engine is now narrower and about 9 lbs lighter, which improves both the handling and the ergonomics which is immediately noticeable on your first ride.

The four standard riding modes RAIN, ROAD, DYNAMIC and RACE already cover numerous riding styles in a variety of conditions. Optional Ride Modes Pro mode lays the racing world at your feet with the three additional modes RACE Pro 1, RACE Pro 2 and RACE Pro 3, with Launch Control, Pitlane Limiter, HSC Pro (Hill Start Control Pro) and DBC (Dynamic Brake Control). With the multi-controller you can configure the following settings via the full-color 6.5” TFT display: the throttle response includes engine characteristics, the engine braking torque, the traction control (DTC) includes wheelie control, ABS and DDC (Dynamic Damping Control). And with the push of a button you can adjust the settings while riding via DTC +/- Shift. Thanks to the latest 6-axis sensor technology and torque pre control, DTC support is particularly smooth and powerful, and performs no matter the gear, speed and inclination.

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S 1000RR

2020 BMW S 1000RR

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The new RR has, as the only street-legal standard superbike, an aluminum undercarriage, which had previously only been used on the racing scene. The 0.66 lb lighter weight significantly reduces the unsprung mass and results in significantly less reaction from the chassis when accelerating. In addition, the shock absorber, which can be adjusted in terms of tension and rebound as well as the suspension, is installed farther away from the engine and is thus less exposed to heat. This has significant advantages for the shock absorber. By changing the strut ratio from 1.9:1 to 1.65:1 and having a larger damper piston, a smaller spring rate was able to be selected. This friction minimization increases comfort and performance since the power build-up in the strut occurs quickly and accurately. The entire system is thus much gentler on the tires.

The BMW S 1000RR is available at a base price of $16,999 MSRP in the US with the race package costing an extra $1,600.
 

 

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2020 YAMAHA

YZ-F R1

Featuring next‑generation R‑Series styling, sophisticated electronic control, enhanced braking and suspension performance, and a refined crossplane engine -- the 2020 Yamaha YZ-F R1 is redefining the limitations of the modern-day Superbike. Drawing from more than twenty years of racing experience at the pinnacle of the sport in MotoGP, World Superbike, MotoAmerica, and Endurance Racing, Yamaha unveiled the 2020 model at the midseason stop of the WSBK championship at Laguna Seca earlier this year. For 2020, Yamaha engineers combined feedback from tracks around the world to set the bar even higher. New electronic systems boost rider confidence and control, while the revised engine, updated suspension and brakes, and improved aerodynamics complete the package.
 

The 2020 YZF-R1 features updated bodywork to create an even more aerodynamic profile, with stylish lines that give a more sleek and integrated design. LED headlights are both lightweight and compact, allowing for a more streamlined design of the front cowling with excellent visibility. For 2020, the lights are more compact and deliver a broader spread of illumination, too. LED front turn signals are integrated into the mirrors for improved aerodynamics, while the LED tail light is stylish and highly visible. The R1 features a brilliant full-color, thin-film transistor (TFT) meter, with front brake pressure and fore/aft G-force readouts, giving the rider even more feedback from the machine. It features both street mode and a track mode that focuses on performance information, such as YRC settings (including EBM and BC systems), a zoomed-in view of the tachometer in the upper rpm range, a lap timer, gear position indicator and speed. The aluminum alloy fuel tank weighs in at a full 3.5 pounds less than a comparable steel tank, further reducing overall weight, and is sculpted to give the rider a natural lower body connection to the machine.

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The R1’s 998cc inline-four-cylinder engine features Yamaha’s exclusive crossplane crankshaft technology derived from the YZR-M1 MotoGP machine. By equalizing inertial forces at the crankshaft, the CP4 motor delivers a direct feeling of linear torque, giving the rider the ultimate connection between throttle grip and the rear wheel. For 2020, a new cylinder head, intake system, fuel injectors and airbox work together to enhance part-throttle performance. And by creating a smaller and shorter intake tract, new Bosch injectors are able to spray fuel directly against the intake valves, for improved fuel atomization. Titanium connecting rods use Yamaha’s precision fracture-split method to ensure reliability with minimal weight. Combined with titanium intake valves and forged pistons, these lightweight parts help achieve the CP4’s high redline and over-rev capability. The cylinder block is also offset from the crankshaft, reducing friction loads on the pistons and bores. A 6-speed transmission features close-ratio gearing to best match the high-revving engine. The transmission also “stacks” the input/output shafts to centralize mass and to keep the overall engine size shorter front-to-back, which optimizes engine placement in the frame for outstanding weight balance.

Developed on racetracks around the world, Yamaha’s new Brake Control system works with an Antilock Braking System (ABS) to minimize brake slip under aggressive braking, or on less than ideal surfaces. The adjustable BC system uses the IMU to provide progressive brake force intervention as lean angle increases, to boost rider confidence when braking mid-corner. The YZF-R1 features 4-piston radial-mounted front calipers riding on big 320mm rotors for excellent stopping power, with a new high-friction pad compound for 2020, all supported by a 220mm rear disc and compact floating caliper. A new Bosch ABS hydraulic unit is lighter and more compact, with high-quality braided stainless steel front lines to provide firm, responsive control feel. The R1 features an inverted KYB front fork with 43mm inner tubes and a 4.7-inch stroke with full adjustability, for incredible front-end feel on the track. For 2020, new shim-stack damping pistons improve road feel under aggressive conditions. All adjustments are also made on the top of the fork legs, for simplified tuning. For 2020, the R1 mounts the latest Bridgestone RS11 tires. Featuring a new tread pattern and updated multi-compound carcass, the RS11 is designed to offer true racetrack-ready traction with balanced road feel and handling.
 

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For 2020, the R1 features a ride-by-wire Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T®) system built around the new Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip (APSG), which eliminates the throttle cables. As before, YCC-T precisely senses throttle input by the rider and actuates the throttle valves to actively control intake volume, allowing for cutting-edge computerized engine management—now in a lighter package. Yamaha’s Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) combines a gyro sensor and G-sensor accelerometer that measures all six axes of movement in 3-D space at a rate of 125 calculations per second. This information is fed into the Engine Control Unit (ECU) to create a detailed picture of the motorcycle’s position, which then powers the R1’s rider-assisting technology package, Yamaha Ride Control (YRC).

The 2020 Yamaha YZ-F R1 will be available starting at $17,399 MSRP and offers both Team Yamaha Blue and Raven color schemes.
 

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2020 YAMAHA VMAX

The VMAX is one of the most iconic stylings out of Yamaha’s stable over the years and it’s back in full-force for 2020 as a part of their Sport Heritage lineup. It’s been over a decade since the V Max underwent any serious alterations when the displacement was upgraded from 1,198cc to 1,679cc, the chassis was completely redesigned to complement the new power production, and it underwent a design overhaul as well. In 2020, it hasn’t seen any significant improvements other than a completely blacked out color scheme which Yamaha dubs Raven Black. The good news is that pricing hasn’t changed from the previously instated $17,999 MSRP, meaning that it’s still a decent buy if you’re unsure about making the jump. 

In terms of aesthetics and instrumentation, the 2020 Yamaha VMAX is decked out to the max. The instrument panel includes an analog, step-motor driven tachometer, and digital speedometer with LED indicator lights while a prominent LED shift timing indicator adds to the performance character of the VMAX. Organic electroluminescence multifunction display provides a more precise display vs. LCD and includes clock, fuel meter, trip meter with fuel reserve trip meter, transmission gear position, coolant temperature, stopwatch, and more. The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) uses three microprocessors to control fuel injection, ignition, YCC-T, YCC-I, meters and other electrical components. Additionally, a H4 60/55W headlight provides excellent visibility and distinctive style, while the trick-looking LED taillight is light, bright and highly efficient.

The thunderous 1679cc, 65-degree, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected four valves-per-cylinder, DOHC engine pumps out astonishing power to reinvent the VMAX legend which can’t be replicated by any other motorcycle. A superbike-proven Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) switches nearly instantaneously between 150mm and 54mm height intake funnels as needed for a broad powerband that delivers optimum performance at any rpm. The engine combines four-valve technology with a high 11.3:1 compression ratio, forged aluminum pistons and NGK® Iridium spark plugs with R1-type direct ignition coils to extract maximum horsepower from the fuel charge. The iconic VMAX aluminum intake covers are hand buffed by craftsmen for superb quality and individuality and the four-into-one-into-two-into-four exhaust system with EXUP® delivers a broad, seamless powerband with the right VMAX look and an absolutely astonishing sound. Delivering this power cruiser’s muscle to the street means a beefy shaft drive which calls for a special shaft design that includes two cross joints to accommodate the fat 200/50R18 rear tire. Five-speed transmission has superbly spaced gear ratios to take full advantage of the engine’s awesome power in straight-line acceleration or through the canyons while a hydraulically activated clutch includes a racetrack-proven ramp-type slipper clutch system that makes braking from speed while downshifting smoother.

The high-tech chassis is light and compact with a cast aluminum main frame, controlled-fill die-cast and extruded aluminum rear frame and cast aluminum swingarm. For mass centralization that contributes to the bike’s lean looks, the 4-gallon fuel tank is mounted under the seat, with the filler under the rider’s backrest.

The cartridge-damper-type front forks have substantial 52mm inner tubes with oxidized titanium coating and have both compression and rebound damping adjustability plus spring preload. There’s a fully adjustable shock on the rear in the form of a link-type Monocross® that has a remote reservoir and features compression and rebound clickers plus remote preload adjustment. The VMAX uses Brembo® master cylinders, sporting a radial pump master cylinder up front. Large 320mm wave-style dual front discs are matched to radial-mount monoblock 6-piston calipers.

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On the rear wheel, there’s a 298mm wave design disc and single-piston caliper and there’s advanced ABS both front and rear. Connecting the bike to the pavement are a pair of 18-inch radial tires, 120/70R18 front and 200/50R18 rear, which are mounted on cast aluminum five-spoke wheels.

The bike was released in October and is available in local dealerships for a total MSRP of $17,999 in the newly released Matte Raven Black.
 

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2020 YAMAHA MT-03

The plethora of choices in the small-displacement motorcycle category continues to expand with the reintroduction of the Yamaha MT-03 to the naked-bike market in the United States. There’s absolutely no mistaking that the new MT-03 is a member of Yamaha’s legendary Hyper Naked family -- with its aggressive front light assembly as well as bold air scoops and a sculpted fuel tank, the MT-03 gives you the chance to become a true master of torque and experience the most dynamic ride in the class. It has been available in European, Australian, and several Asian markets as of late but Yamaha only had the YZF-R3 in the United States. As the 2020 MT-03 underwent some aesthetic alterations, the Japanese manufacturer decided it was time to bring the “dark side of Japan” back to North America.