2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 review
2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 BLACK. Image credit: Motorcycle Daily.

Shizuoka-based conglomerate Yamaha unveiled its newest supersports bike, model 2017 YFZ-R6 at the American International Motorcycle Expo on Thursday. The company’s official website sets the starting price at $12,199.

The successor to the popular YZF-R1 will feature new electronic and mechanic upgrades such as Traction Control, a Selectable Drive Mode, and Upgraded KYB Suspension with adjustable KYB rear shock.

The disk brakes are now larger than in previous models, and the gauge layouts have been updated to show both analog and LCD screen data for fuel economy, a programmable shift +


The motorcycle will feature a 599cc liquid-cooled Double OverHead Cam (DOHC) inline 4-cylinder engine with 16 titanium valves. The aspect ratio of the cylinders is 67mm x 42.5mm, with a Compression ratio of 13.1:1.

Both the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle and Intake (YCC-T and YCC-I) systems are responsible for the fuel delivery of this bike, as has been in previous models. The ignition is handled by Yamaha’s trademark TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition). It also packs a 6-speed transmission with a multiplate slipper clutch and an O-ring chain.

Suspension at the front features a 43mm KYB inverted fork, adjustable in three different ways, 4.7-in travel. The rear incorporates a KYB piggyback shock, 4-way adjustable, same specs in travel.

Front brakes are Dual 320mm hydraulic disc, and rear brakes are 220mm. Both of them are anti-lock (or ABS). Front tire measures 120/70Z, R17, while rear tire a tad bigger at 180/55Z, R17.

Dimensions and design

2017-yamaha-yzf-r6-red. Image credit: Asphalt & Rubber.

The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 is 80.3 inches large, 27.4 inches wide, and 45.3 inches tall. The seat height measures 33.5 inches, and the wheelbase 54.1 inches. Its Castor Angle Rake sits at 24.0 degrees, the Trail at 3.8 inches, and it has a Maximum Ground Clearance of 5.1 inches.

It also has a top fuel capacity of 4.5 gallons (about 17lt), with an economy consumption of 42mpg. Its net wet weight is 419lb (about 190 kilograms).

The official website also notes that the motorcycle’s Deltabox frame is full aluminum, the results of years of research to create “The gold standard in 600-class handling.” The subframe is all-magnesium, which cuts weight on the rear.

The fuel tank is also full aluminum, which makes it lighter (and still sturdy). The website claims it lowers the center of gravity of the motorcycle improving rider ergonomics.

Release date

The three available colors (Matte Black, Team Yamaha Blue, and Intensity White/Matte Silver) will start shipping in March next year. The price stated at the beginning is only a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (or MSRP). Custom-made specifications, like in most made-to-order products, will most likely raise it.

Source: Yamaha Motor Sports