Bhp tbc | 190kg | Seat height 850mm
This is Yamaha’s 2017 YZF-R6, complete with M1 styling, six-level traction control, quickshifter, D-mode, 43mm R1 forks with radial mount calipers and 320mm discs, plus full Euro4 compliance and ABS. Looks naughty, doesn’t it?
As well as using some of the latest YZF-R1 derived chassis technology together with a decent raft of cutting edge electronics, the new model also gets an aggressive visual overhaul that borrows heavily from the firm’s flagship R1 and M1 Motogp bike.
As well as the redesigned front cowl and screen, the bike’s new LED indicators are incorporated within the rear view mirrors to reduce turbulence and drag, while the twin LED headlamps are recessed slightly further back than the R1’s, making them less visible and heightening the M1 similarity.
The new 2017 model has a stack of rider aids and electronic gizmos. The most welcome of all is probably the Traction Control System ( TCS) that features six-level intervention, as well as an ‘off’ setting. The TCS’S intelligent software is designed to ensure that there is no unnatural feeling when it intervenes, and the system also compensates for rear tyre wear to give consistent performance
over the life of the tyre. It also comes equipped with a new quickshifter for seamless upshifts, but doesn’t boast the addition of an autoblipper.
It’s not all about electronics though. At the sharp end there’s a nice KYB inverted fork lifted straight from the R1, with 43mm diameter tubes – compared to 41mm on the previous model – to give a more planted feel, particularly during braking and highspeed cornering. The fork offers a full range of adjustability as does the newly-designed adjustable KYB rear shock.
Another significant change for 2017 is a newly designed aluminium fuel tank, with deep knee recesses that enable the rider to grip the bike firmly when pushing hard. And being aluminium it helps with mass centralisation, and to offset some of the weight that had to be added for systems such as ABS, traction control and the quickshifter. Overall the new R6 weighs in at 190kg fully wet.
‘The new R6 gets an aggressive visual overhaul’
Yamaha have given their R6 a new lease of life Price £TBC