Yamaha revealed a new YZF-R6, adding new engine modes, traction control, ABS and a front suspension system derived from the YZF-R1. The most successful 600cc supersport in AMA Road Racing history also receives new styling including an aerodynamic fairing, lighter aluminum fuel tank and all-LED lighting.

The engine remains a 599cc inline-Four with sixteen valves and a 13.1:1 compression ratio. The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) system manages the fueling with three selectable maps. The new traction control system offers six levels of intervention (plus off). The system manages traction by balancing throttle opening, ignition timing, and fuel volume. Yamaha says the TC is designed to minimize disruption of forward drive while also adapting to changing tire diameter and grip. Yamaha has not released any power numbers but did claim a wet weight of 419 pounds. That’s a two-pound increase over the outgoing model, but that’s also factoring in the new standard ABS.

MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff brought the new R6 on stage for its debut in Orlando at AIMExpo, saying the updates will help him in the 2017 season.

MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff brought the new R6 on stage for its debut in Orlando at AIMExpo, saying the updates will help him in the 2017 season.

Power is delivered through a six-speed transmission matched to a slipper clutch. European models come standard with a quick shifter but it will be sold as an accessory for American models. But if you really want a quick shifter, Yamaha says the first 500 customers in the U.S. to place an early deposit will get it for free.

The new R6’s deltabox aluminum frame is paired to a new magnesium subframe Yamaha says reduces overall weight while improving mass centralization. The seat height remains at the same 33.5 inches as the outgoing model but the seat is flatter and narrower at the front. Combined with the reshaped fuel tank, Yamaha says the new R6 makes it easier for a rider to shift around and quickly transfer weight for aggressive race track maneuvering. As an added bonus, the tank is aluminum, shaving off 2.6 pounds from the previous steel tank.


The R6 inherits the fully-adjustable 43mm KYB fork from the R1 and the superbike’s 25mm axle shaft, but with revised tuning specific for the R6. KYB also supplies a new piggyback rear shock offering four-way preload and damping adjustability. The braking system is also derived from the R1, with four-piston radial-mount calipers gripping the twin 320mm front rotors.


Yamaha engineers redesigned the R6’s aerodynamics, claiming an 8% reduction in drag. The front face is inspired by the R1 with a central air intake similar to Yamaha’s M1 MotoGP racer. The intake is surrounded by a pair of recessed LED headlights creating an aggressive, squinty scowl. The R6 also uses LEDs in the mirror-integrated turn signals and rear taillight.

American consumers will have a choice of three color schemes: Matt Black, Team Yamaha Blue or Intensity White/Matte Silver. The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 arrives in U.S. showrooms in March with pricing set at $12,199.


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  • what, no tft instrument cluster?

  • DickRuble

    And that intake is just for show, right?

  • lennon2016

    I’m kind of pleased with the dash. A bit Aprilia, a bit BMW. It’s its own thing in the Yamaha R line. Some say the exhaust is offensive, but it’s far from the most obnoxious of the 600- and 1000-class bikes. Suzuki’s aren’t exactly svelte. BMW S1000rr standard can? Sounds good, but looks? It’s a goiter. I think people make too much of them anyway. Modern motorcycles for the most part are gorgeous machines. The more I see of aftermarket manipulations, I think “Eh, was that really necessary?”

    • Josh

      Dash looks like the 2014 and earlier R1 dash

    • Prakasit

      I’d take analog tach and the rest LCD over full TFT display any day.

  • ColombianJoker

    What the “GPS” label in the dash mean?

  • Born to Ride

    Soooo… No new engine or chassis? Just bold new plastics and a new front end? Hmm… didn’t Honda do this to the CBR600 a while back? So much for the hype.

    • Josh

      Why change a good chassis? How much power can you get from a 600cc?

      • Born to Ride

        Liter bikes all make 20-30% more horsepower than they did 10 years ago.

        600s? Honda and Yamaha makes less power than their 2007-08 models.

  • Chris Noblett

    Only thing I’m seeing is a huge price increase, ouch.

    • Josh

      That’s exactly why development of 600s had stalled. No one wants to pay the price for modern machines. At least with superbikes they can sell em for a premium and recoup development costs.

      • Born to Ride

        The problem is that they haven’t found a way to balance the rising cost of these bikes with worthwhile improvements. If they had brought out a new motor with 10% more power than the one they have had in production for nearly 10 years, that’d been a big step in the right direction.

  • Joe Smith

    Slipper clutch, standard ABS, LED lighting, TC and a standard QS for Europe in the 600 class, all in a package lighter than my CBR500. What more do you want? If you want more power just get the R1.

    • Born to Ride

      600cc bikes have had slipper clutches for years. ABS and TC are nice, but the GSXS has them for 1500$ less. LED lighting is cool, but not that expensive. If they could build a 600 that put 115 stock hp to the ground, and threw in active damping suspension, brembos, and maybe that sweet sounding crossplane crank(I know it robs power), I think the price tag would be justified.

      • SerSamsquamsh

        This gorgeously swish machine is only 25% more cash than Yamaha’s own hideously ugly FZ09 parts bikes.

        • john phyyt

          A specifically engineered triple is a ” Parts” bike ? LOL.

          • SerSamsquamsh

            The engine is a platform not specific. It’s the only notable thing about those machines. The rest is a pile of bolt one.

          • john phyyt

            Specific alum frame. Banana alum swingarm with rising rate susp. Specific ecu with rbw modes. All up weight less than 600 sportsbike. Yes you really know what you are talking about.

          • SerSamsquamsh

            By platform I mean there are several derivations from a common platform. Also the use of generic bits bolted all over it. That would explain why the fact is cheaper than the R6. Which is what the thread is about.

            It’s still widely regarded as butt ugly and that “specific rising rate suspension” is also not nearly as good.

          • john phyyt

            Generic bits bolted all over it .???…. yeah right oh guru.

          • SerSamsquamsh

            You sure have a bee in your bonnet mister. FZ = ugly. If you want to buy a cheap suit that needs the arms replaced go right ahead.

        • Born to Ride

          That is some glass half full thinking right there my friend. You’ve got the right attitude.

    • SerSamsquamsh

      This bike looks awesome has great equipment and wouldn’t be terrifying to crack the throttle. Too bad customer wants are created by marketing – 600cc is for babies bro! On the other hand I can wait two years and buy it for a huge discount.

  • john phyyt

    Ducati’s Super-sport class bike is now nearly 1000cc. Because ! They have special needs ? Go figure.
    It seems unrealistic to expect innovation in a class which is so unequal. If you want to know one reason why 600cc bikes died it is because Dorna or whoever allowed Ducati to have different rules.

    • Born to Ride

      Uh, Ducati doesn’t race in world super sport. And if you are referring to the new SS939, your confusing the super sport racing class with a specific model that Ducati produced for years in various engine displacements, ranging from 620cc to 992cc. It was built to offer customers a lower cost and performance alternative to their race-homologated super bikes such as the 998 or 748, which did conform to the strict displacement rules.

  • JoMeyer

    Personal view, no critisicm on the 600 class, but I’m wondering if this is not a huge missed opportunity. This bike with the triple from the FZ09, tuned for higher end performance like Triumph does with the Daytona… I’d be sleeping in front of the store to get mine. Suzuki has great success year after year with the 750, Ducati has had some success with the 899 – who cares if the thing conforms to some “class”?