Yamaha YZF-R6

The Yamaha YZF-R6 has been significantly update for 2017! Since I’ve never really written about 600cc sport bikes in the past,  although owned 2 of them over the years it’s about time I did something about that, so checked out the latest models.

The Yamaha R6 was already one of the best 600cc sports bikes available. However 2017 sees many significant upgrades and they include the new fairing similar to the R1, revised engine management, traction control, wireless throttle, light fuel tank, revised sub frame, new suspension and brakes and a new instruments that includes a bright gear change indicator. The modifications also see a reduction in peak power but increase in torque which is interesting… so is the increase in weight despite the use of lighter materials.

Think the latest Yamaha R6 appears targeted at track day riders as all it really needs is to remove the emissions systems to release the missing power! Then again most of the current 600cc motorcycles follow the same path. As an everyday ride as with all 600cc sports motorcycles they are small power packed yet controllable package due to the distinct power band and stiff suspension, you really need to think hard – literally. The 2017 Yamaha R6 costs over $19,000 on the road which is very expensive.

Yamaha R6 Key Specifications
Engine:   IL4 cylinder 4-stroke
Capacity:  599cc
Power/Torque:  87Kw @ 14,500 RPM 62 Nm @ 10,500 RPM
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  190kg
Performance:  0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   17 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  850mm
Dimensions: L2040 X W695 X H1150mm
 Recommended Retail Price:  $17,450 (2017)
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