Every detail in the design of the FZ6R seems to have been carefully thought out. For instance, the tubular frame has been specially designed to maintain one of the lowest seat heights in the segment. The frame's geometry is simple yet effective, with 31.5-millimeter steel tubes that deliver excellent rigidity, according to Yamaha engineers. The bike gets a 41-mm conventional front fork, a redesigned, "link-less" rear suspension and new aluminum wheels optimizing the fork's performance.
|The tubular frame has been specially designed to maintain one of the lowest seat heights in the segment. |
While the improvement over the bare FZ6 is substantial, the weight gain is a shame. Of course, the new steel frame is largely responsible. The fuel tank is smaller but, thanks to the more efficient engine, the available range is roughly identical, or so says the company. Likewise, the wheelbase is barely a few millimeters longer than the old model's, while the steering angle is a single-degree more open for balanced, predictable riding dynamics -- exactly what the target customer looks for.
With a host of notable new features, an all-new, sportier design including a full fairing and, last but not least, ultra-aggressive pricing, the 2009 Yamaha FZ6R will no doubt become one of the most sought-after new products next summer.Photo Credit : Yamaha