The Wait Is Finally Over — 2017 Yamaha R6 Unveiled

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Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha has unveiled its 2017 YZF-R6 at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida. The new motorcycle looks very similar to its elder sibling, the R1. The model brought back some life into the middleweight sportbike segment.

The new model looks completely different from the outgoing motorcycle. The 2017 YZF-R6 is equipped with a new 43mm KYB fork and 25mm axle.

Yamaha claims that these updates are to provide a more planted feel under braking and turning into a corner. The chassis is borrowed from the current R6, with the same geometry.

Other new features include a six-level traction control system (plus off), as well as Yamaha's D-mode system with three selectable modes - Standard, A and B.

The engine also remains a 599cc inline-four with a 13.1:1 compression ratio and sixteen valves. We can expect it to deliver 100bhp at the rear wheel like the current model - which has power higher up in the range.

The fuelling is managed by the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) system with three selectable maps. As an accessory, Yamaha will sell a quickshifter (upshifts only).

The company claims that the M1 and R1 inspired front fairing added an 8% increase in aerodynamic efficiency. For us, the new design simply looks good.

Add to that, the new LED turn indicators are now integrated into the rear view mirror and, recessed LED headlights and DRLs.

Other updates include 320mm front brake discs, aerodynamically shaped fuel tank, slimmer subframe and flatter seat, which Yamaha claims, "for the greater feeling of control on the street or track."

Yamaha also announced that the 2017 YZF-R6 will be available in three colours (Matte Black, Team Yamaha Blue and Intensity White/Matte Silver). The motorcycle will hit the showrooms in March 2017.

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