By Troy Siahaan ‘s new 2017 YZF-R6. A bike long overdue, the R6 borrows some styling and technology from its R1 big brother. With a fresh new look and a host of electronics that top the middleweight class, I’m really excited to throw a leg over it. And in fact, by the time this list is published, I’ll have just finished riding the new R6 at one of California’s best racetracks, Thunderhill Raceway. My First Ride Review of the bike will be up shortly, but in the meantime, here are eight things you didn’t know about the 2017 Yamaha R6.
8. The New Engine Is The Same As The Last One
Let’s address the elephant in the room head on: does the new R6 have the same engine as the old bike?
In fact, Yamaha says not only does the new R6 have the same engine, it also has the same frame as before (though the subframe is different). Now, it’s not entirely uncommon for a “new” model to have the same engine as the model it’s replacing, but usually the engineers will improve minor bits here or there. Maybe some port work or higher compression pistons. Something, anything. Nope. Not here. The engine stays the same and instead, “we decided a better use of resources was to find areas where a rider can find better lap times,” say the folks in the Yamaha shirts.
7. Six-figure Sales Since 1999
The first-generation R6 came out in 1999. Since then, you can practically ask any motorcycle rider what they think of when they think of sportbikes, and there’s a good chance they’ll say …read more