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Yamaha YZF-R6 2017: a myth that evolves and only thinks about winning
Yamaha YZF-R6 2017: a myth that evolves and only thinks about winning

It has been begging for years and has been heating up the atmosphere with several teasers, but finally today, October 13, Yamaha has unveiled the new Yamaha YZF-R6 2017. A Supersport that will be available at dealerships of the Japanese brand from April to delight all fans of sports motorcycles.

Picking up the witness of a myth like the YZF-R6, the 2017 model inherits all the racing experience of the brand with three World Supersport Championships and 160,000 units sold globally. The new R6 arrives loaded with sports skills, a lot of technology and an aesthetic like you've never seen before in the saga.

A Supersport with Superbike DNA


Maintaining chassis and engine, the new Yamaha YZF-R6 is not a revolution, but a successful evolution of the concept

It was to be expected that the development of the magnificent Yamaha YZF-R1 would be used for other models, and the one that had the most ballots was the smaller sister of 600 cubic centimeters. Thus, the new Yamaha YZF-R6 is a version genetically very similar to the motorcycle that is racing the World Superbike Championship with Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes at the controls.

Aesthetically, in fact, we find very familiar features, following the trend of the R1 that enclose a exceptional aerodynamic behavior, 8% better than before. The small headlights located under the nose of the fairing, the YZR-M1 MotoGP-style central air intake flanked by LED lights (curves in this case, straight lines on the R1), a figure full of straight lines and a tail with a blown interior are the hallmarks of the new Iwata Supersport.

The aesthetic changes are accompanied by a battalion of novelties in terms of the cycle part and engine management. As a good contender in the 600cc sports car market of the 21st century, it is ready to unseat Kawasaki as the queen of the category with very good manners in terms of electronics and components.

Refering to electronicsThe 2017 R6 borrows components from the Superbike such as the YCC-T electronic throttle, YCC-I intake, six-level TCS (disengageable) traction control, and QSS quickshifter to link up the six gears of its gearbox.

Moving on to the cycle part, we find a new front axle that equips a 43mm diameter KYB inverted fork multi-adjustable that holds a wider front wheel axle, 25 mm. On the rear end a progressive monoshock from the same brand with all possible adjustment options. The braking system uses a 320 mm double disc bit by four-piston monobloc calipers with radial attachment. All very R1.

Welcome to generation R

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Yamaha Yzf R6 2017 004

With a very competitive base even today with almost 10 years, Yamaha has only improved what is really necessary

The Japanese have worked hard so that the new generation of the YZF-R6 marks a new milestone with a very low weight (190 kg with all the full ones), and for this they have resorted to pieces as special as a rear subframe made of magnesium. In addition, being 20 mm narrower in its frontal area, it facilitates the movement of the rider when it is necessary to move on the motorcycle and be better integrated into the motorcycle.

The tank has been completely redesigned to be made of lightweight aluminum by applying cold and robotic welding, thus maintaining the weight 1.2kg below the above (made of steel) and contribute to better aerodynamics thanks to new shapes where the rider can hide his legs.

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Yamaha Yzf R6 2017 003

To interact with the new Yamaha YZF-R6, Iwata engineers have implemented a dashboard that, contrary to the trend in high-tech motorcycles, combines a tachometer with analog clock with a digital display Through which to control the information in real time and the configuration of the traction control and ABS.

The four cylinder engine He's still that demon eager to jump into the red zone, but this time he's Euro 4 compliant. The 599 cubic centimeters are squeezed to the max with 13.1: 1 compression for power that Yamaha has yet to make. public.

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Yamaha Yzf R6 2017 009

In the event that it is the same engine, without notable changes compared to the previous version and knowing that it will comply with the new limitations of 2017, we could wait until a reduction in maximum power, but we must still wait to finalize this point.

At least the exhaust itself is traced to the latest version, as well as the engine covers and, surely, the chassis. Where we do see a change with the naked eye is in the massive aluminum swingarm, more reinforced now than in the previous generation.

Technical sheet - Yamaha YZF-R6 2017

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