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Cycle News 2020 Issue 18 May 5

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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2 0 2 0 YA M A H A Y Z F - R 1 M R I D E R E V I E W P64 T he sound of a Yamaha YZF- R1M on the pipe is now as recognizable as a rumbling V-twin bearing the Bar & Shield's logo. With that crossplane crank- shaft, the flat drone emitted from the exhaust is unlike anything else on the road. Whereas a Kawasaki ZX-10RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000R, BMW S 1000 RR, and Honda CBR1000RR-R SP all run a screamer firing order, the Yamaha fires its pistons at 270°/180°/90°/180°, making for one of the most unique sounds you can purchase, and that's before you get into the nuances of what the bike is like to actually ride. I wasn't at the R1M launch in Jerez last year, having been called away to Japan for an Arai gig (back when you could, you know, travel), but the lady we sent, MotoAmerica racer Shelina Moreda, assured me this new iteration is a step forward in every direction when used in anger. That may be so, but what about when you're riding an R1M to pick up some last-minute Covid-19 TP? Or when you're escaping the screaming mess of Covid-19 family life for some much-needed throttle therapy? Sport bikes these days are not designed to do anything other than go fast. The modern motor- cycle market has evolved to such a degree that there's a bike for every application, one designed for a specific purpose of which it should generally be very good at, LIVING WITH YAMAHA'S HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHTER BY RENNIE SCAYSBROOK PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT PALMER We loved it on track at Jerez, but what's it like to live with the Yamaha YZF-R1M? We stole the key for a month to find out.

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