2003 Yamaha R6 Reader Feedback

Elliot Strong
by Elliot Strong
Black with red flames.John Burns has the scoop on the lighter, more powerful, etc. R6! Check it out...

Torrance, California, September 10, 2002 -- First to break cover in what is shaping up to be the Year of the 600s is Yamaha's all-new, second-generation R6: Eight pounds lighter, three horses stronger, fuel injected and with a stiff new skeleton, the new R6 will shortly join battle against new 600s from Honda and Kawasaki--and we're not certain just yet as to Suzuki's `03 plan.

The new R6 is the first mass-produced bike to use Yamaha's new "CF"--controlled fill--technology for casting aluminum. CF uses more efficient vacuums--possibly Orecks or a really nice Hoover--to suck aluminum into bigger, more complex molds, and keeps porosity (air bubbles) to a minimum, resulting in a stronger lighter frame with material placed just where it needs to be...

So read the rest of the story for more details on the specifics of the bike and more of the technology used in its design. Let your opinions be known below.

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