Young boys swear by motorcycles and a good bike with cool features spell the ultimate freedom for most of them. The Yamaha YZF-R6, also simply known as the R6, is a fast sporty bike and the stuff that male mean machine dreams are born of. But you may not be absolutely familiar with this fantastic vehicle yet. Read on to know 21 things that you probably didn’t know about the Yamaha R6 motorcycle.
Yamaha R6 motorcycle - 21 Things you didn’t know
The Yamaha R6 motorbike is very popular and its appearance as well as functionalities makes it a hit among the young and sporty types. Go through these 21 facts about the bike:
1. The motorcycle first came out in 1998 and was a huge success in the middleweight category due to its high-horsepower engine and the ability to withstand aggressive handling.
2. The R6 was the first production motorcycle to come with Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle System (YCC-T) for sound response in all circumstances.
3. The smaller size and comparatively low weight lets this bike take quicker turns and you can easily ride it around tracks.
4. It was referred to as a “racebike with lights” during its early days.
5. With a 600 cc four-cylinder engine, the R6 has a greater control and more perfect design that the Yamaha R1.
6. It won the crown of the Manufacturer’s World Supersport in ‘99 and again in 2000.
7. You can easily change the appearance of the Yamaha R6 by replacing the exhaust with one of the bolts from the parts of the bike.
8. The bike has undergone transformations several times since ’99. It was vastly improved twice, once in 2003 and once again in 2006.
9. It was not until 2003 that it became fuel-injected and also got a more stylish appearance.
10. 2003 was also the year when the Yamaha R6 became a full 600cc. It had a 599cc engine earlier.
11. The bike allows riders to speed up within the least possible time.
12. The new models have been designed keeping fuel consumption in mind. There has been a step up in the looks and over all compression. You can also save some fuel even with the high performance of the bike intact.
13. In ’06, the bike got another style step-up and more over-square stroke and bore although the engine went back to 599cc. The R6 became a huge hit in its category and price segment.
14. The R6 is eco-friendly and its exhaust complies with pollution standards across the nation.
15. The great looks, a close to 5 gallon tank and a dry weight of about 366 pounds make this bike a hit even a decade after its entry into the market. It has a good resell value, something that only a few vehicles can claim.
16. Almost all the changes in the bike such as lights or exhaust or seats are bolt on parts. You can simply take a piece off to replace it with a new one, or one that you like. So with a few changes, you can transform your bike into a new one every season.
17. In 2008 a couple of small changes were done to it like giving Yamaha’s patented variable intake (YCC-I), higher compression ratio and throttle (YCC-T) systems that is electronically-aided.
18. The Yamaha R6 Sport-bike has 50 horsepower less than the Yamaha R1.
19. The bike has a rigid body that allows you to go from straight to complete forward bend within a few seconds.
20. The bike has won two Supersport titles, once in 2000 and again in 2009. Jorg Teuchert was the champion in 2000 while Cal Crutchlow was the 2009 winner.
21. The R6 also won the Daytona 200 in 2009 with Ben Bostrom and in 2010 with Josh Herrin.