Presentation of the Yamaha FZ6 / FZ6 Fazer
When modernizing the middle class, Yamaha relies on a consistent new start instead of further development. And that at high speed: the new FZ6 will be at dealerships as early as October.
Names are smoke and mirrors. Model names are not. In the case of the new Yamaha, they indicate what radical change is taking place.
Technically and thus also optically, the new ones keep absolutely nothing of the old. From the tubular steel frame to the die-cast aluminum chassis, from the carburetor engine with FZR-600 ancestry to an extremely compact engine with injection and catalytic converter derived from the YZF-R6, from narrow to wide tires, from old-fashioned instruments to digital high-tech displays ?? the list of revolutions could go on indefinitely. Right up to the headlights of the uncovered model, which are clearly inspired by the MV Brutale. That would be
simply unthinkable on a naked FZS from the old school.
That the modern technology is not only used because of the promised better properties, but also allows Yamaha to streamline the engine range, to rationalize the frame construction-
lise, in short: saving costs, should only be mentioned in passing. For future buyers of the FZ6, the most interesting thing is what
they have from advancement. And there comes ?? judging by the paper form ?? quite a lot together. Thanks to the aluminum frame, the new engine and lighter wheels, the FZ6 Fazer saves seven kilos compared to the old FZS-
grams of what your weight is fully ready to drive–
fueled close to the 200 kilogram mark. The undisguised variant should even be just below that.
It has to do with the new 120 front tire, which due to the system cannot achieve the good straight-line stability of the earlier 110, that the chassis geometry data was clearly trimmed towards stability. The Yamaha developers extended the wheelbase and caster by 25 and 9 millimeters and set the steering head one degree flatter. After all, even a motorcycle with fat tires shouldn’t whiz around the streets as a fidget. In addition, the FZ6 sisters got very long rear swing arms, which minimize the influence of drive forces on the suspension and steering. Which benefits the chassis smoothness when accelerating sharply.
The performance is likely to differ only moderately from that of the FZS 600, because the new engine has just three HP more power and two Nm more torque. However, thanks to the secondary air system and an unspecified catalytic converter, it can manage the euro-
2 pollutant limit values to be undercut by half. In view of ever tighter exhaust gas and noise restrictions, a successful technical liberation that benefits everyone. Driving fun, the environment and a clear conscience.
Before the first series copies can be seen, of course, it cannot be said whether the FZ6 has as much to offer in terms of processing quality as the carefully built FZS. As far as the equipment is concerned, the new one, which is said to be slightly more expensive than its predecessor (6990 euros), can at least claim a stainless steel exhaust system. With two rear silencers, which are elaborately laid under the rear, which no longer push the pillion footrests to uncomfortable heights and take up no more space for the suitcases, which are available at an additional cost.
On the other hand, the choice of the front brakes is a bit strange. The two FZ6 have simple double-piston floating calipers that are not bad-
expected braking performance,
but with the dosability and with
Wear pattern of the brake pads against-
tend to have disadvantages over high-quality fixed calipers. In addition, the roundness of the Akebono floating saddles doesn’t really match the otherwise modern
Design. On this one point, at least, Yamaha would be happy
the old FZS can take over: the
GHabitable one-piece brake calipers, with the blue anodized sealing plugs.
Technical data – YAMAHA FZ6
Engine: water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, electronic intake manifold injection, Ø 36 mm, engine management, catalytic converter with secondary air system, electric starter. Bore x stroke 65.5 x 44, 5 mm, displacement 600 cm3, compression ratio 12.2: 1, rated output 72 kW (98 PS) at 12,000 rpm, max. Torque 63 Nm (6.4 kpm) at 10,000 rpm Power transmission: primary drive via gear wheels, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, O-ring chain. Chassis: Bridge frame made of cast aluminum, telescopic fork, stanchion diameter 43 mm, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum profiles, central spring strut, directly hinged, adjustable spring base and rebound damping, double disc brake at the front, floating brake discs, Ø 298 mm, double piston calipers, disc brake Ø 245 mm, two-piston caliper, cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 5.50 x 17 tires 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17 Chassis data: wheelbase 1440 mm, steering head angle 65 degrees, caster 98 mm, spring travel f / h 130/120 mm.Warranty for two years with unlimited mileageColors FZ6 red, black, silverFZ6 Fazer silver / black, blue / blackPrice approx. 7,000 euros
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