2020 Yamaha YZF-R6 600

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She is reborn the divine child! Expected like the messiah for several years, the illustrious Yamaha R6 has finally been resuscitated. Despite its age, it remains THE benchmark in its category since its last evolution, which dates back to 2008.. It is most widespread among novices as well as among the most experienced. With 160,000 units sold in Europe since its inception, the R6 is one of the most represented in its category. Yamaha is for the moment the only manufacturer to have renewed its supersport, even though Honda, Suzuki and Triumph choose to stop production of theirs. In 2017, she finally dared to question herself, happily drawing inspiration from the M1 and YZF-R1 to bleed the track again and again..

Worthy Heiress

A real genetic transfer was made with his big sister, the R1. Starting with its plastic. From a distance, they appear to be twins. The two share almost the same rump, difficult to tell them apart when viewed from behind. The front side is also part of its genetic heritage. Like her grandmother, she directly inherits the look of MotoGP from Valentino Rossi, the Yamaha M1. Its chromosomes, carriers of performance, offer it a central air inlet around which the whole design harmonizes. The same goes for the tank, marked by four iconic streaks. The headlights also adopt the same posture, however the lashes of light are here more worked. With the free inspiration of the contoured eyes that characterized the older generations of R6s.

Obviously, his features do not only serve to affiliate him and to anchor him more in the “R-World”. They allow it to improve its aerodynamic efficiency by 8%, as well as its driving position. It is essentially its rear buckle in cast magnesium and its aluminum tank that benefits the latter. The magnesium piece makes the saddle narrower on the front by 20mm, while the bowl has had its ergonomics modified for a narrowness and weight gain of 1.2 kg. The whole makes the movements and swaying even more lively. All this confirms his ultra sporting claims.

2020 Yamaha YZF-R6 600

New nerve endings

The flattering genes of her ascendant obviously impact her behavior. It takes a few neurons with the welcome traction control offering 6 levels of intervention. Her cockpit accommodates a new dashboard – for her, but not unheard of in the range. The R6 has always liked to prick the instrumentation of the R1. This generation is no exception to the rule, but is not entitled to the little tablet of its big sister; it will be satisfied with the counter block of the previous R1, version 2009 – 2014. With a large needle tachometer, a digital polygon window and … oh no, no controls on the handlebars. Only the road functions and the Traction Control command are activated from the controls. Added to the electronic throttle opening and variable intake system, already present on the previous vintage, its synapses will also take over the management of the “QSS” shifter (system strictly similar to that of the R1 allowing gear changes without disengaging).
As long as Yamaha adds more, you might as well fill the panoply. And equip this tracker with a triplet of injection maps. By recovering the D-Mode, the R6 benefits from direct and aggressive engine management in A mode, more flexible to get to know the Std, and calm in B. What to adapt to the output of the day.

That’s not all, the new supersport of geneticists in blue coats recovers the brake system of its predecessor! Either its radial aluminum calipers with four pistons, biting discs 320 mm in diameter. The older generation was already free from any criticism of braking, even though its pistons tasted 310mm discs. ABS is also at the rendezvous.

The R6 has also always been considered a very well-suspended motorcycle. But to hell with greed! The rear shock is a new design, and the fork comes straight from the R1. In addition to an enlarged barrel diameter from 41 mm to 43 mm, this latest generation Kayaba offers all the adjustments at the top of the tubes..
The wheelbase and the width of the pistarde lose 5 small mm each, a trifle. The weight remains more or less the same, it takes only a small kilo on the scale. What about light elements? The Euro4 standard had to force the exhaust to gain weight … But once on track with an adaptable element, the music and the mass will clearly be more advantageous. And let’s not forget the anti-lock brakes, which must add a big kilo in the balance.

Emphasis was clearly placed on the electronic equipment and the optimization of the front axle. On the engine side, the achievements are maintained. The bike retains its silencer and no upheaval has been made on the engine side, apart from the adaptation to Euro4 standards. Which costs him a handful of power. The R6 loses almost 6 nags in the operation, now posting 118.4 horsepower at 14,500 rpm. The couple are also in trouble, with almost half a mkg less. The 4-cylinder unit does not inherit the cross-plane setting of the R1 and M1, and retains its personality and its delicious sound.

Building on a glowing past, the R6 is now the flagship of a sinking category. Paradoxically, she is stronger than ever. Indisputable figure of motorcycle competition, the 600 YZF is the most represented and one of the most victorious in championships. It offers the most interesting chassis / weight / power ratio. And despite its price among the highest in its segment, it is the one that requires the least financial investment to touch the highest levels of performance. A challenge or a hope for the future of Supersports ?

Summary of the main changes:

– Design inspired by the R1
– Traction control (6 levels)
– QSS shifter from the R1
– Braking the R1
– Revised 43 mm diameter fork
– Ergonomics of the refined position
– Lightweight tank
– ABS

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      Replaces

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      Model marketed in

      2017
      2018
      2019
      2020

      Performances

      • Max speed:
        about 270 km / h
      • Consumption
        medium: 6.60 l

      The technical aspect

      2020 Yamaha YZF-R6 600

      • Frame
      • Frame: double aluminum beam deltabox
      • Tank: 17 liters
      • Seat height: 850 mm
      • Length: 2,040 mm
      • Width: 695 mm
      • Height: 1150 mm
      • Wheelbase: 1375 mm
      • Weight in running order: 190 kg
      • Train before
      • Telehydraulic inverted fork Ø 43 mm, deb: 120 mm
      • 2 discs Ø 320 mm, 4 piston calipers radial fixing
      • Front wheel:

        120/70
        – 17

      Yamaha YZF-R6 600 2020 technical

      • Transmission
      • 6-speed gearbox
      • by chain
      • Rear axle
      • single shock absorber, deb: 120 mm
      • 1 disc Ø 220 mm, 2 piston caliper
      • Rear wheel:

        180/55
        – 17

      • Motor
      • 4 Cylinders
        in line
        , 4 stroke
      • Cooling: Liquid cooling
      • injection
      • double ACT
      • 4 valves per cylinder
      • 599 cc
        (67 x 42.5 mm)
      • 118
        ch
        at 14,500 rpm
      • 6.30 mkg
        at 10,500 rpm
      • Compression: 13.1: 1
      • Crit’air:

      Detached pieces

      exhaust
      motor
      fluid
      electricity

      filtration
      braking
      chain kit

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