Yamaha’s popular 600cc supersport offering, the YZF-R6 has finally got an update for 2017. Yamaha claims the new fairing makes it 8 percent more efficient. The frame remains unchanged from the outgoing YZF-R6 right down to the steering geometry, but the new magnesium subframe is a bit slimmer and allows for a flatter seat.
The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 also gets a new aluminum fuel tank that’s about 1.2 kilograms lighter. The Yamaha YZF-R6’s 599cc inline-four engine is essential unchanged and should make the same amount of horsepower and torque, though the company hasn’t revealed the figures.
However, this motorcycle does feature a new switchable six-level traction control system along with three selectable riding modes. There are a couple of other critical mechanical differences which include new 43mm KYB forks (2mm fatter than the previous model’s) as well as a 25mm front axle that’s better feel under braking and cornering.
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is sadly in Thailand only available for racing teams. There are ‘currently’ no plans for the YZF-R6 to be sold throughout the Yamaha dealerships in Thailand.