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to the big bike in ev­ery re­spect. It’s a blood-cur­dling tool ded­i­cated to ex­tract­ing as much per­for­mance from its mo­tor as pos­si­ble. And that means revs; once the ba­sic ar­chi­tec­ture of the 600cc sports mid­dleweight was es­tab­lished back in the late 80s – in­line four, 16 valves, wa­ter-cool­ing – the amount of torque that could be use­fully gen­er­ated was around 50ftlb. And it still is, plus a bit more from re­fine­ments in re­duc­ing fric­tion since then. The thing that’s changed is how hard en­gines can rev – mak­ing the torque ‘faster’ means more power. An early 1990s FZR600 makes peak torque at 8000rpm and peak power at 9000rpm. An R6 makes peak torque at nearly 12,000rpm, and peak power just past it.

The re­sult is the R6 spends a lot of time wind­ing up to­wards the red­line. But, once you are there, there’s noth­ing else like it. We can only imag­ine what a cross­plane R6 would feel like. We can but dream...

Hold the R6ÕS throt­tle to the stop, re­lease the revs and never, ever back off MCNÕS dat­a­log­ger of truth re­veals the R fam­ily val­ues ÔSO which is the R6? The blue and white one, you say?õ

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