2013 Yamaha YZF-R6

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Not many people truly understand what a super sport motorcycle can do to the adrenaline levels in your body. It’s true, that rush of blood mixed with dopamine and excitement can’t be offered by many motorcycles, but there is one of them able to do even more than that.

The name is Yamaha YZF-R6, a Japanese demon on two wheels born on the realm of World Super Sport Racing Program. Even if the 2007 version was a nearly perfect motorcycle, Yamaha decided to improve it even more and we’re glad to notice that the result is nothing short of excellent. A few technical tweaks, some design touches and a slightly increase performance help the YZF-R6 stay in front of the 600 cc pack.

Powered by a compact, lightweight 599cc DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder engine mated on a magnesium subframe the new Yamaha YZF-R6 is waiting for you to burn some rubber.

Hit the jump to read more on the Yamaha YZF-R6

Key Features

Yamaha YZF-R6
  • Light, powerful, and bristling with knowledge gained from years of racing, the YZF-R6 is the most advanced production 600cc motorcycle Yamaha—or anybody else—has ever built.
  • The YZF-R6 was the first production motorcycle with YCC-T®, Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle system—for flawless response under all conditions.
  • YCC-I®, Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake, is used on the R6 to vary intake tract length for excellent cylinder filling and a broader powerband.
  • Back torque-limiting slipper-type clutch greatly facilitates braking/downshifting from high speed. Close-ratio 6-speed transmission delivers seamless power and maximum acceleration.

Engine

Yamaha YZF-R6
  • Compact, lightweight 67mm x 42.5mm, 599cc DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder has a compression ratio of 13.1:1, for great response. Domed pistons with valve cutouts produce a compact combustion chamber.
  • Fuel injection mapping for the YCC-T—Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle dual-injector system complements the high compression ratio for great throttle response and reduced engine braking.
  • YCC-I—Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake electronically varies intake tract length for a broader powerband.
  • YCC-T uses a powerful ECU and multiple sensors to provide perfect, smooth engine response and optimal power whenever the throttle is twisted under all conditions. Twin-injector fuel injection: shower-type injectors above each intake funnel help achieve optimum fuel atomization at high rpm.
  • Slipper-type back torque-limiting clutch greatly facilitates braking and downshifting from high speed. Close-ratio six-speed transmission delivers seamless power and maximum acceleration.
  • GP-style titanium muffler contributes to mass centralization and contains EXUP® for a broad powerband, and 02 sensor for spot-on injection and emissions compliance.
  • Linerless, direct-plated ceramic-composite cylinder bores mean greater heat dissipation for consistent power delivery and reduced friction.
  • Cool magnesium valve and engine covers are light and stylish.
  • Direct-ignition coils, dual-electrode spark plugs and high-output magneto deliver extremely accurate, reliable firing.

Chassis and Suspension

Yamaha YZF-R6
  • A magnesium subframe removes weight from the rear of the motorcycle for increased mass centralization.
  • Deltabox® aluminum frame incorporates GP thinking in terms of engine positioning and rigidity for the ultimate in 600-class handling.
  • The lightweight swingarm pivots high in the frame, for increased anti-squat effect and mid-corner stability. TZ-type chain adjusters ease rear tire changes.
  • Four-way adjustable (preload, high-speed compression, low-speed compression and rebound damping) inverted fork with 41mm tubes increases freedom in setting up for street or track use; soak up the bumps and resist bottoming when braking.
  • Four-way adjustable (preload, high-speed compression, low-speed compression and rebound damping) piggyback rear shock delivers exceptional rear wheel tracking and stability.
  • Dual 310mm front disc brakes use forged one-piece radial-mount calipers and radial-pump front master cylinder with adjustable lever for astounding braking power and feel.
  • The casting technique for the five-spoke 17-inch wheels makes the rims light and strong, not to mention wickedly cool-looking.
  • Removable rear shock spacer and adjustable fork ride height allows the rider to tailor the ride position for the best fit and comfort.

Additional Features

Yamaha YZF-R6
  • Built-in lap timer is controlled by a right handlebar switch.
  • Multifunction digital and analog instrumentation features: programmable shift light, digital speedometer, analog tachometer, dual tripmeters with miles-on-reserve function, odometer, water temp gauge and lights for neutral, high beam, low fuel and turn signals.

Specifications

Yamaha YZF-R6
Engine Type599cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 16 titanium valves
Bore x Stroke67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio13.1:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI:Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final DriveO-ring chain
Suspension / Front41mm inverted fork; 4-way adjustable, 4.5-in travel
Suspension / RearSingle shock; 4-way adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Brakes / FrontDual 310mm floating disc; radial-mount 4-piston calipers
Brakes / Rear220mm disc; single-piston caliper
Tires / Front120/70-ZR17 58W
Tires / Rear180/55-ZR17 73W
Length80.3 in
Width27.8 in
Height43.1 in
Seat Height33.5 in
Wheelbase54.1 in
Rake (Caster Angle)24°
Trail3.8 in
Oil Capacity(with oil filter change) 2.75 qt
Fuel Capacity4.5 gal
Fuel Economy**40 mpg
Wet Weight***417 lb
Primary Reduction Ratio85/41 (2.073)
Secondary Reduction Ratio45/16 (2.813)
Gear Ratio - 1st Gear31/12 (2.583)
Gear Ratio - 2nd Gear32/16 (2.000)
Gear Ratio - 3rd Gear30/18 (1.667)
Gear Ratio - 4th Gear26/18 (1.444)
Gear Ratio - 5th Gear27/21 (1.286)
Gear Ratio - 6th Gear23/20 (1.150)
Warranty1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
MSRP$11,190 Available from October 2012

Quotes

Yamaha YZF-R6

Motorcycle ---- "Yamaha last updated the R6 in 2008, equipping it with the company’s Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-T) variable-length intake system. The lack of any significant updates to the 2013 R6 must be disappointing to Yamaha fans, especially as the color updates were announced the same day Kawasaki is expected to reveal a new 636cc ZX-6R."

Totalmotorcycle ---- "From racing around the track in no time to conquering the urban maze in real time, the 2013 YZF-R6 turns heads as effortlessly as it does corners. And does everything to perfection. Light, powerful, and bristling with nearly every cutting-edge innovation, it features a taut, tunable chassis that lets it maneuver from upright to full lean instantly - and carve tight, perfect lines. If you’re searching for the ultimate 600, look no further."

Autoevolution ---- "The slipper-type back torque-limiting clutch facilitates braking and brutal downshifting form high speed, enhancing the feeling of control and prividing better handling in fast turns. Even more, the magnesium subframe shifts the weight of the bike more to the center, for better stability, while the lightweight aluminium Deltabox frame and light swingarm, back up this center-mass design."


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