Yamaha R6 Review & Ratings
- 16 January 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is definitely regarded as being one of the more reliable middleweight bikes with some serious power. This bike can easily stack up against other bikes from companies like Kawasaki and Honda, such as the CBR600 as well as the ZX-6R. With the arrival of the 2014 model R6 comes a few minor upgrades but nothing too significant. Even though the latest R6 bike may not be a whole lot different from its predecessors, but is still widely considered to be one of the best middleweight bikes available on the market right now.
Some of the features that you can expect to see on the 2014 Yamaha R6 include dual fuel injectors, chi-controlled intake and throttle, and a new and innovative slipper clutch. This bike makes for one very unique and smooth riding experience with a Deltabox aluminum frame as well as a magnesium subframe which is what makes it so light yet perfectly rigid. The 2014 version of this bike also got an upgrade with its 4-way adjustable suspensions with preload as well as high-speed compression, low-speed compression, and even rebound damping.
One of the things that so many people love about the Yamaha R6 is the fact that it is so powerful and uses a liquid-cooled 599cc inline 4-cylinder DOHC engine with a total of 16 titanium valves. The 2014 R6 definitely brought some nice changes and improvements which enhanced the bike’s overall performance and the way it handles as well. This bike was first introduced to the market in 1998 and has received updates throughout the past 10 years in 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2008. The YZF-R6 came out as the super sport version of the Yamaha YZF-R1 super bike and is much more street-friendly with a better engine as well.
The YZF-R6 has undergone numerous revisions over the years to correct certain problems and add a variety of features for bike lovers. The 2006 version of this bike received a very significant upgrade to its engine management system which introduced the YCC-T ride by wire throttle as well as a multi-plate slipper clutch. In 2008 the new model of this bike also added the YCC-I variable length intake system to give it an extra boost of power and increase the engine’s RPM.
The very first Yamaha R6 to come out in 2001 had a 5.99.8cc DOHC 16-valve liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder engine, which even at the time was quite innovative and exciting for bike enthusiasts. This bike also had a fully adjustable 43mm telescopic fork, which is something that later models also kept but was improved upon over the years. Yamaha went to great lengths to reduce the overall weight of this bike before releasing it onto the market, and it was definitely a selling point which helped to boost sales sky high. By 2005, the R6’s weight had significantly dropped down to 357lbs from 399 lbs.
The 2006 Yamaha R6 was able to go safely to 16,500 rpm with a redlining warning at 17,500 rpm. At the time this bike’s reliability and ability to rev was highly advertised and talked about, though it was later revealed that its redline was a total of 1,000 revs lower than previously thought. In 2008 the Yamaha R6 was upgraded with Chip Controlled Intake which effective cuts short the length of the intake tracks in just 0.3 seconds, resulting in a significant increase in engine performance. With a very solid frame and excellent overall performance, this bike is undoubtedly a favorite among many in the U.S and has experienced a level of success that few other bikes have over the years.