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!

The Brand New Yamaha YZF R6 2016 Review.

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So last time, we talked about the ultimate beast (AKA Kawasaki H2) and discussed its features, performance, and its outstanding technology.


This time, we decided to take it easy and talk about the brand new Yamaha YFZ R6 (not that easy).


Actually, Yamaha motorcycles show no mercy when it comes to its superbikes. They pay attention to every single detail to the design of their machines, in order to provide their riders with unforgettable experiences. So we (the amazing Two Wheelers team) decided to dig deep into the Yamaha YZF R6 latest model and deliver you this informative review about it.

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Ain't she sexy?

Yamaha YZF R6 Overview.

- The Engine.
So here is a glimpse of what this 600cc motorcycle is loaded with; it is equipped with the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) system which provides the rider with a nearly flawless control over the bike under any circumstances. The Yamaha YZf R6 2016 was the first motorcycle ever to be loaded with this technology.

In addition, the motorcycle has the Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake system (YCC-I) to vary the intake tract length. This will lead to a better cylinder filling and a broader powerband. Also, the motorcycle tycoon managed to improve the handling by implementing a back-torque-limiting slipper-type clutch which improves braking and downshifting (yes that’s a priceless feature) at high speeds.

The manufacturers improved the fuel injection system too; a high-volume fuel injection has been installed where two shower-type injectors are placed above each intake funnel to achieve optimum fuel atomization while riding at high RPM.

Now we all know how important the muffler is on a sports bike. That’s why the Yamaha YZF R6 is loaded with a compact titanium exhaust that affects the mass centralization positively and it contains Exhaust Ultimate Powe Valve system (EXUP) for a broad powerband. Not to mention, the presence of the O2 sensor too for emissions compliance.

More power is delivered by this 600cc machine through the Low Friction Cylinder Technology too due to the improved heat dissipation. The motorcycle is loaded with lightweight engine covers to improve the weight reduction feature. Last but not least, the Yamaha YZF R6 has a high output ignition system, thanks to its direct ignition coils, high-output magneto, and dual-electrode spark plugs.

- Chassis, Suspension & Brakes.

The motorcycle has a lightweight magnesium rear subframe which improves the weight distribution. It’s also loaded with the GP Deltabox aluminum frame that combines both strength and rigidity. Aluminum has also been used in the Swingarm for a better anti-squat effect and mid corner stability.

As for the suspension, the Yamaha R6 is totally customizable as it has four different modes; preload, high and low-speed compression as well as rebound damping. The front and rear suspensions are customized for street and track use. The motorcycle comes with a 41 mm fork that absorbs shocks while braking.

Moving on to the brake system, the Yamaha YZF R6 2016 is loaded with dual 310mm front disk brakes that use forged one-piece-radial mount calipers. It’s also equipped with a radial-pump front master cylinder for a safer and more convenient braking experience.

Now, are you ready for the most amazing customization upgrade? The motorcycle has a customizable chassis geometry. In other words, the removable rear shock spacer and the adjustable fork height, make it possible for the rider to adjust his ride according to his personal preference for a more comfortable riding experience.


Well, honestly speaking, there isn’t much when it comes to the technology part in the Yamaha YZF R6 which makes us feel a little bit disappointed. But, as you can see, we can totally look over this part due to the priceless features that were previously mentioned.




Yamaha YZF R6 Specifications.

Now enough with the chit-chat and let’s talk more about numbers. To make life easier, we made those tables by category to display each and every single detail that you may want to know about this astonishing machine.



  • Engine.


Engine Type599cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline 4-cylinder; 16 titanium valves
Bore x Stroke67.0mm x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio13.1:1
Fuel DeliveryYamaha Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final DriveO-ring chain



  • Chassis, Suspension & Brakes.


Suspension / Front41mm inverted fork, 4-way adjustable; 4.5-in travel
Suspension / RearSingle shock, 4-way adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Brakes / FrontDual 310mm hydraulic disc
Brakes / Rear220mm hydraulic disc
Tires / Front120/70ZR17
Tirres / Rear180/55ZR17



  • Dimensions.


L x W x H80.3 in x 27.8 in x 43.1 in
Seat Height33.5 in
Wheelbase54.1 in
Rake (Caster Angle)24.0°
Trail3.8 in
Maximum Ground Clearance5.1 in
Fuel Capacity4.5 gal
Fuel Economy40 mpg
Wet Weight417 lb


Hopefully, this review provided you with insights about the new Yamaha YZF R6. For the record, this motorcycle has a legendary racetrack success record, as it has won AMA middleweight races than any other 600cc motorcycle. We guess that its achievements speaks for itself. Feel free to check the 2017 Yamaha YZF R1 reveiw (click here to check it) and the 2017 Yamaha YZF R6 one too (click here to check it) . The Two Wheelers team wish you joyful and safe rides!