For every earth-shattering sportsbike on the market, there’s an entry level version that won’t give you the hardcore performance you’re looking for, but will provide the kind of real-world riding that everybody just falls head over heels for.

The 2012 Yamaha FZ6R is the latter one of those bikes and it has a special feel that makes you comfortable the minute you swing a leg over the seat. It is a sports bike that does not make any earth shattering claims; just a machine that will leave you smiling after each and every ride.

The FZ6R comes with features that make it easy for beginner riders to get started, including a low seat height, a beautiful diamond-steel frame, a sleek fairing, and a Yamaha R6 style exhaust, among other things. The bike also has a built-in lap timer that’s controlled by a right-handlebar switch; there’s also a multi-function digital and analog instrumentation that includes a programmable shift light; a digital speedometer; an analog tachometer; dual tripmeters with miles-on-reserve function; an odometer; water temp gauge; and lights for neutral, high beam, low fuel and turn signals.

The bike is powered by a 599cc DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 13.1:1, providing great response for a bike of its stature. On top of that, it’ also one of the first Yamaha bikes to come with a Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle
system for flawless response under all conditions and a Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake for excellent cylinder filling and a broader powerband.

To give the FZ6R the kind of performance handling a bike of this quality requires, Yamaha used a Deltabox aluminum frame that incorporates GP thinking in terms of engine positioning and rigidity for the ultimate
in 600-class handling.

Get full specs on the Yamaha FZ6R after the jump.

  • 2012 Yamaha FZ6R
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder engine
  • Displacement:
    599 L
  • Price:


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  • 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.

  • A magnesium subframe removes weight from the rear of the

motorcycle for increased mass centralization.

  • 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

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  • 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.


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The 2012 Yamaha FZ6R was made available in September 2011 with prices starting at $7,590 for the Pearl White and $7,690 for the Raven.


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Engine Type 599cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder;
DOHC, 16 titanium valves
Bore x Stroke 67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio 13.1:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate slipper clutch
Final Drive O-ring chain
Suspension/Front 41mm inverted fork; 4-way adjustable,
4.5-in travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock; 4-way adjustable,
4.7-in travel
Brakes/Front Dual 310mm floating disc; radial-mount
4-piston calipers
Brake/Rear 220mm disc; single-piston caliper
Tire/Front 120/70-ZR17
Tire/Rear 180/55-ZR17
L x W x H 80.3 x 27.8 x 43.1 in
Seat Height 33.5 in
Wheelbase 54.1 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°
Trail 3.8 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Est. Fuel Economy 40 mpg
Wet Weight 417 lb
Color Team Yamaha Blue/White;
Pearl White/Candy Red; Raven; 50th
Anniversary Pearl White/Rapid Red


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Moto Scoop ---- "The 2012 Yamaha 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"

Total Motorcycle ---- "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"

Ultimate Motorcyle ---- "The 2012 Yamaha FZ6R features a low, adjustable seat (30.9-inch seat height, adjustable 3/4 of inch higher of lower), adjustable handlebars and sturdy suspension for ultimate comfort on the road. And all the growl is still there from the inline 600cc engine, which is tuned for torque around town but also upper RPM power for those more spirited rides"

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  (1) posted on 03.24.2012

Very good price because it’s an entry level sportbike. I’m short and have no problems keeping my feet on the ground. That is why I chose this bike over the CBR600R.

  (399) posted on 01.10.2012

Isn’t this too cheap? The price is too affordable for me. And this one seem so bulky and big. I think it is hard to drive and manage, specially for the short people.

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