2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 Review

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By Troy Siahaan

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

Editor Score: 89.5%

Engine 19.0/20
Suspension/Handling 14.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 89.5/100

Here’s a quick reminder of what was going on in the world in 2006:

  • Dick Cheney, then Vice President of the United States, shot a man in the face.
  • Pluto was demoted from plain ‘ol planet to a dwarf planet.
  • Steve Irwin, everyone’s favorite crocodile hunter, and Don Knotts, everyone’s favorite aloof deputy, both passed away.
  • Oscar-winning actor Mel Gibson was pulled over for a DUI in Los Angeles, where he then went on a full-blown, drunken, anti-semitic rant.
  • Pop icon Britney Spears was on her downward spiral, filing for divorce from the father of her two kids less than two years after they wed.
  • Saddam Hussein met his maker.
  • Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” was atop the Billboard charts for 10 consecutive weeks, longer than any other song that year.
  • Yamaha introduced the third generation YZF-R6.

Yep, 2006 was quite a year, and if you discount the R6’s relatively minor revamp in 2008, Yamaha’s venerable 600cc middleweight has been going strong for more than a decade. Along the way it’s racked up numerous race wins and domestic Supersport championships around the world, capped off with three World Supersport titles, too. Heck, even I won a championship aboard a five-year-old R6 in 2011. When it comes to middleweight sportbikes, if you want to win, the R6 has become the de facto bike of choice. The only other machine I can think of with longer lasting power for its class is the Suzuki SV650.

This photo, along with the Yamaha R6 in it, is 11 years old. All these years later, the same basic bike is still the king of the middleweights.

Time has been kind to the R6, too; the economic collapse meant manufacturers were …read more

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