October 6, 2013

2014 Yamaha YZF-R6

Nothing in Yamaha’s announcement mentions any changes besides the color, so it’s a safe assumption these Race Blu models are otherwise the same as the 2013 models. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that only the Race Blu versions are otherwise similar to last year’s models and Yamaha may still have some surprises in store.

Yamaha retains the full aggressive nature of the YZF-R6, carrying on the racing heritage: chip-controlled intake and throttle, dual fuel injectors per cylinder and the convenient slipper clutch for safer downshifting without rear wheel hopping on the asphalt.

A GP-style titanium muffler and magnesium engine covers have been used to shave off some weight, as well as a magnesium rear subframe. With the extremities of the new R6 on the light side, mass is centralized for increased stability and handling.

Yamaha’s YZF-R6 will be available in three colors: grey ($10,990) and red or Yamaha Blue for US$11,190. The YZF-R1 returns with three color schemes: grey for $14,290 and either red or Yamaha Blue for an additional US$200.

With the FZ-09 now filling the slot once held by the departing FZ8, there was still room for an open-class sporting standard, so, the FZ1 returns in Pearl White for US$10,790. Finally, the inline-Four powered FZ6R is back in either red/white/black or black for US$6850.

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