I don’t know why, but the passion for motorcycles is present in nearly every man that walks on the surface of the earth. Don’t ask me why, it’s just a fact. Some of them chose to stay and watch from the safety of the pavement, but others want to go further and are planning to buy their first motorcycle to start to have some fun as fast as possible. In this moment however they start to ask what is the best bike for a beginner? Well, fortunately there are many good options out there, but the answer to this question depends on many preferences.
This being said, the Yamaha FZ 6R is also among the interesting options you should take under consideration if you plan to buy your first bike.
Based on the earlier generation Yamaha R6, the FZ 6R has certainly a lot to be loved for. Besides it’s sporty exterior design and the high-tensile steel-tube frame, it also rewards you with a capable 600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke in-line 4-cylinder engine.
Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha FZ 6R
- A rider in the market for an entry level or commuter 600cc bike doesn’t have to compromise performance or style to get value. The FZ6R is a great combination of performance, handling, and exciting sport bike style, but also with a low seat height that’s both adjustable to fit a wider variety of riders and also narrower where it counts to make it even easier to put both feet on the ground.
- The engine delivers smooth power just the way today’s rider needs it, brisk acceleration with plenty of torque that makes it a pleasure to get around town, with lots in reserve for when you want more. This is certainly not a “no frills” motor. It’s derived from the FZ6 motor, fuel injected and tuned for outstanding low to mid engine performance.
- Even if your primary goal is commuting to school or work, you want to be able to get out and have fun riding some twisty back roads. The FZ6R is ready to put a grin on your face! The diamond-shaped frame, made of high-tensile steel pipes using the engine as a structural member of the chassis, becomes the foundation for handling performance. It’s designed to provide the right rigidity balance to contribute to smooth cornering performance.
- When it comes to putting power to the pavement, the FZ6R uses nothing less than quality radial tires, 120/70R 17-inch front and 160/60R 17-inch rear. And this bike’s excellent stopping performance is due to dual 298mm front discs and a 245mm rear disc, both with comfortable-to-use controls.
- The fuel-injected engine in the FZ6R has been designed to meet the demands of today’s motorcyclist. This engine optimizes the entire flow from the intake of the fuel-air mixture to combustion and exhaust. Even though it shares both bore and stroke dimensions with the FZ6, the cylinder head, crankcase, intake and exhaust system, as well as the clutch and shifter, were completely redesigned for the FZ6R, creating a power unit with an entirely different character.
- The 600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke in-line 4-cylinder engine is ready to respond with smooth, linear performance when the rider twists the throttle. Maximum output is achieved at a spirited 10,000 rpm and maximum torque is obtained at 9000 rpm. Bottom line: Its outstanding “torquey” low to mid rpm engine performance is just right for someone who enjoys commuting to work or school or riding the canyons on the weekends.
- Lightweight forged aluminum pistons are used. Because the aluminum alloy is heated and formed under pressure without having to melt it completely as in conventional casting techniques, the strength of the original metallurgic matrix of the aluminum is maintained. As a result, a forged piston is stronger than a cast one and can thus be designed for lighter weight, which contributes to a reduction in vibration. In fact, many riders will be surprised at how smooth this motor is.
- The 32-bit ECU controls the four-hole, two-direction, high-dynamic-range type fuel injectors for superior injection control. By delivering the precise fuel-air mixture needed for conditions, the engine can deliver great power and fuel economy.
- Much like many of today’s high end sport bikes, the FZ6R has a 4-into-2-into-1 midship exhaust. Not only does it provide a throaty, yet comfortably quiet exhaust note, the system also includes 3-way catalytic converter technology to reduce exhaust emissions.
Chassis and Suspension
- With its exciting sport bike looks, onlookers will know this isn’t just another middleweight bike. There’s no mistaking Yamaha’s high-performance heritage in the FZ6R.
- The seat has separate front and rear sections, and the rider’s seat features an innovative height adjustment mechanism. The seat can be set 20mm – just over 3/4 of an inch – higher for taller riders, a change that can make a big difference on an all-day ride.
- The handlebar position can be adjusted 20mm forward by rotating the handlebar clamps to fine-tune rider comfort.
- The overall chassis rigidity has been designed to provide both excellent handling and all-day comfort. In order to further enhance the smoothness and comfort of the ride, the front-end dimensions a have been optimized, including a caster angle of 26° and trail of 103mm, resulting in a bike that has a great steering feel, making the bike even more of a pleasure to ride.
- The front suspension has sturdy 41mm inner tubes, matched to a die-cast aluminum upper triple clamp and forged-steel under bracket, providing superior cushioning performance and good front-end feel. Wheel travel is a generous 5.1 inches to help soak up those bumps in the road.
- The rear suspension is lightweight and contributes to the mass centralization, and the mono-cross suspension provides excellent wheel travel, a full 5.1 inches. Superior road hugging performance has been achieved with optimally designed damping-force valves and oil channels.
- This bike boasts hydraulic disc brakes front and rear. The 298mm diameter front discs are lightweight for reduced unsprung weight, while the single rear disc is 245mm, and the brakes feature semi-metallic pads. The brakes have been designed to offer great feel and superb braking ability.
- FZ6R mounts tubeless radial tires on cast aluminum wheels. While their lightweight construction helps centralize mass, they also help contribute to agile handling.
- The meter panel gives the rider plenty of feedback, including a digital display speedometer, analog tachometer, odometer/tripmeter, fuel gauge, and water coolant gauge.
|Engine Type||600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 16 valves|
|Bore x Stroke||65.5mm x 44.5mm|
|Fuel Delivery||Fuel injection|
|Ignition Digital TCI:||Transistor Controlled Ignition|
|Transmission||6-speed; multi-plate wet clutch|
|Final Drive||O-ring chain|
|Suspension / Front||Telescopic fork, 5.1-in.travel|
|Suspension / Rear||Single shock, 5.1-in travel|
|Brakes / Front||298mm Hydraulic disc|
|Brakes / Rear||245mm Hydraulic disc|
|Tires / Front||120/70 ZR17M/C 58W|
|Tires / Rear||160/60 ZR17M/C 73W|
|Seat Height||30.9 in|
|Ground Clearance||5.5 in|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||26.0°|
|Fuel Capacity||4.6 gal|
|Fuel Economy**||43 mpg|
|Wet Weight||470 lb|
|Warranty||1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)|
|MSRP*||$7,890 Available from October 2012|
Autoevolution ---- "Despite being a forgiving bike, the 2013 FZ6R is not a lazy machine. It’s 600cc 4-stroke in-line 4-cylinder engine delivers fast acceleration and smooth power delivery useful for both commuting and countryside rides. The torque delivery has been tuned to reach a maximum around 9000 rpm, but the mid-range revs are offering more than enough, as well. Young riders will not easily outgrow the 2013 FZ6R too soon."
Totalmotorcycle ---- "The FZ6R fits perfectly into the less intense sport bike world with its easy to control power, light weight and low seat height. A slim compact chassis complements the fuel injected engine and its very linear throttle control. No lap records here, just a bike that inspires rider confidence and is a blast to ride. "