2017 Yamaha YZF R6: Many Similarities to the Yamaha YZF R1?

2017 Yamaha YZF R6

Yamaha Motorcycles has just revealed their brand new 2017 Yamaha YZF R6. We have to admit that it was released with a bang (technically, it’s a pre-lease bang since it won’t be available on the market before April 2017), leaving the “Yamahists” with a priceless jaw-dropping facial expression. So what’s the reason behind this fuss? Why does this model stand out from the crowd? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

2017 Yamaha YZF R6
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Yamaha YZF R6 Engine.

Well, when it comes to this part, there hasn’t been any major changes. However, in case you weren’t following up with the previous models, we decided to brief you about what yo have been missing.


The 599 DOHC four cylinder engine is liquid cooled, loaded with Sixteen titanium valves and ceramic- composite cylinders to provide you with optimum performance. In other words (English Language), energy loss due to friction and heat is minimal.

Intake System.

As previous models, this one has a Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake system that changed the length of intake, providing you with the best powerband. The shower-style injectors that are placed above the intakes provide the best fuel optimization, while you are riding at high rpm.


Again, no major changes. Yet, we don’t want to underestimate Yamaha’s previous improvements for their 6-speed transmission that was developed for better mass centralization, and an overall shorter engine size (front to end).


The Yamaha YZF R6 is equipped with the well-known, slipper-type back torque limiting clutch. That’s a useful feature that you can take advantage of, in case you decided to downshift while you are going wild with your babe (especially while entering corners).


Titanium one that also improves the mass centralization aspect for better handling. An oxygen sensor is also placed for cleaning emissions.

2017 Yamaha YZF R6 Exhaust
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A GP-Style Deltabox frame that improves stability and rigidity. In addition, a magnesium rear subframe supports the R6 for better mass centralization and an improved seat for better-leaning angles.

Main Differences Between the Yamaha YZF R6 2017 & 2016 Models.

We heard some fellas snoring over there! Also, we are hearing some buddies complaining that it’s technically the same as the 2016 model. Think again my friends.

Redesigned Styling.

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For Starters, have you seen the pictures of this beauty? Regardless of the Yamaha YZF R1 resemblance, that’s a huge boost for the aerodynamics efficiency (8% increase to be more specific); integrated side signals, an aluminum tank and an eye-catch tail that will leave passer-bys speechless.

Electronic Toys.

That includes the previously mentioned YCC-T system, that enables you to get the best out of the engine; a smart chip calculates the ideal valve opening according to your throttle twist.

Traction Control System.

We all know about the “blah blah” old traction control systems that moderate the ignition timing, fuel volume and throttle opening according to your riding conditions and style. However, this system can change the tire diameter and grip caused by tire wear. The system has 6 modes to choose from in order to decide the level of interference while riding.

New Drive Mode.

Another system that controls throttle and engine responses. You have the ability to choose from the three different control maps.

A Whole New Improved Gauge.

A totally improved instrument is at your service; wonderfully combined analog and digital indicators that display nearly everything from speed, trips, reserve fuel, riding modes and much more. It was about time to make that modification.

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Yamaha YZF R1 Derived Suspension?

Yes, that’s right. The new YZF R6 has the exact same front KYB 43mm inverted front fork that is loaded the YZF R1. Moreover, the rear KYB is totally adjustable for your convenience.

ABS and Improved Breaking System.

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 is now loaded with larger 320mm front disks and a Nissin radial-mount master cylinder. ABS have been installed to the new model to help you with the breaking.

LED lights.

Finally, the 2017 Yamaha YZF R6 got some improved illumination with an appealing look. The new model is equipped with front LED signals are integrated into mirrors and the rear compact one looks fabulous on the new tail. No need to mention the front ones (just take a look at the picture).

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Additional Upgrades?

Well, the stock model is already awesome with its new improvements. Yet, if you feel like boosting some performance in search for speed. A Quickshift system can be installed for clutch-less shifting and better acceleration.

2017 Yamaha YZF R6 Specifications.

Engine Type599cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline 4-cylinder; 16 titanium valves
Bore x Stroke67.0mm x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio13.1:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final DriveO-ring chain
Suspension / Front43mm KYB® inverted fork, 3-way adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Suspension / RearKYB® piggyback shock, 4-way adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Brakes / FrontDual 320mm hydraulic disc; ABS
Brakes / Rear220mm hydraulic disc; ABS
Tires / Front120/70ZR17
Tires / Rear180/55ZR17
L x W x H80.3 in x 27.4 in x 45.3 in
Seat Height33.5 in
Wheelbase54.1 in
Rake (Castor Angle)24.0°
Trail3.8 in
Maximum Ground Clearance5.1 in
Fuel Capacity4.5 gal
Fuel Economy42 mpg
Wet Weight419 lb

Bottom Line.

For 12,199 USD, you can purchase all of the previously mentioned features. Some riders say that it’s a little bit pricey. Well, it’s your final call after all. Each and every feature of the ones that we have mentioned earlier comes with a price. Feel free to check the 2017 Yamaha YZF R1 too (click here to check it).

In case you need a strong motivation for considering this bike as an option, here you go then!

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Enjoy your rides folks!