Yamaha’s YZF-R1 is saying, “I shall dub thee, Mini-me.”
If you follow motorcycle news in any way shape or form on social media, you have been bombarded on the news about Yamaha’s new 2017 YZF-R6 undoubtedly. Any motorcycle news or blog outlet has spammed this all day long and I’ve stopped going on Instagram because every other post is the new R6.
If you’re in bed and finally ready to sit back and read about the new bike we’ll put the new stuff down below the photo’s in bullet form. No need for us to gush about it all when everyone else has.
Our immediate reaction after drowsily reaching for Twitter this morning? “Ah, they went with the mini R1 route.” Its nice that they left the things that made the R6 great alone and just added things to keep things modern. Our concern–and its a small one–is the price. If you’re someone looking to get into track days and maybe even racing, why not just get the older model? Only thing you’ll miss out on is the “R1 inspired styling,” throttle-by-wire, traction control and rider modes. Remember, the quick-shifter is an option. The $1300 difference can be used towards some Brembo’s or suspension upgrades.
Alas, the suspension will be fine for 90% of the people who purchase these new bikes. We think its a great move to update their best supersport option in lieu of Honda dropping the CBR600RR. The only thing we need to wait for now is the reviews. Perhaps the CircuitxBreakers Daytona can be swapped out with new mini R1.
New for 2017
- Thrilling New R-Series Styling
Sleek new fairings immediately signal the serious intent of the 2017 YZF-R6 while boosting aerodynamic efficiency. All-LED lighting creates a sinister new front face, while integrated front turn signals, a new aluminum fuel tank, and R1-style tail section with stepped seat finish off the profile perfectly.
- All-New Suite of Electronic Rider Aids
Thanks to the ride-by-wire Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T®), the 2017 YZF-R6 integrates a range of electronic rider aids to give the rider even more control, including selectable D-Mode engine response, a multi-mode traction control system and an accessory quick shifter.
- R1-Derived Suspension
To ensure absolute confidence in the front tire with ideal feedback, the new R6 features the same KYB® 43mm inverted front fork as the YZF-R1®, tuned to suit the unique characteristics of the R6. A new KYB® rear shock provides a massive range of adjustment as well.
- Upgraded Brakes with ABS
For 2017, the YZF-R6 now features larger 320mm front disc brakes, matched to radial-mount four-piston calipers and a Nissin® radial-mount master cylinder, all right off the R1, for exceptional braking power. ABS is also new for 2017, to ensure braking control across less than ideal road conditions.
- Beauty – Technology – Speed – Meet the All-New 2017 YZF-R6
On track or street, the YZF-R6® was already one of the most advanced and successful supersport machines ever built. For 2017, radical new styling wraps up an even more intelligent racing machine, complete with ABS brakes, new suspension and new electronic rider aids.
- Unparalleled Racetrack Success
The Yamaha YZF-R6 has won more AMA middleweight races and championships than any other 600cc sportbike, making it the number one choice for amateur and professional racers alike.
- Legendary R6 Handling
Already one of the most nimble machines in the supersport class, 2017 brings additional mass-centralization to the proven R6 package along with updated suspension, for improved front-end feedback and greater cornering confidence.
- Thrilling Power and Control
With a class-leading, high-revving four-cylinder powerplant at its heart, the R6 already screams across the start/finish line ahead of the pack, but for 2017, the addition of traction control and D-Modes allow the rider to extract even more performance from the potent engine.