Yamaha YZF-R6

Bhp tbc | 190kg | Seat height 850mm

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes Special -

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

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