YAMAHA R6 (2017-on) Review

Published: 20 December 2017

“Updated YZF-R6, rebooted looks set to rule the ailing supersport class with an updated engine and chassis – but it’s not cheap.”

YAMAHA R6  (2017-on)

“Updated YZF-R6, rebooted looks set to rule the ailing supersport class with an updated engine and chassis – but it’s not cheap.”

  • At a glance
  • 599cc  -  116 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (850mm)
  • New: £10,999
    Used: £8,700 to £11,700 See all YAMAHA R6s for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The breath-taking chassis outshines a rather breathless motor, but there are many positives. The updated looks stunning while the front end and brakes help makes this a truly brilliant-handling middleweight. However, it’s an expensive 600, especially for one with reduced peak power due to Euro4 constraints.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The aluminium frame is lifted from the old bike – with the rake and trail remaining the same – but the fully adjustable forks have been stolen form the R1 and now have a 2mm wider 43mm diameter. The front wheel comes from the MT-10, which now accommodates a larger 320mm front disc (up from 310mm). The calipers and radial master cylinder are new, again borrowed from the R1, and ABS comes as standard.

The ABS brakes are a step forward over the old model’s, as is stability under hard stopping. The new forks deliver first class feel, and give you the confidence to brakes late and deep into corners. Once turned the R6 craves even more corner speed than before. Its agility and accuracy on track are stunning; it hits every apex with ease.

Engine 4 out of 5

The new R6 has had to meet Euro4 emissions regs and its peak power and torque are down compared to the old model. Yamaha are quoting just 116bhp @ 14,500rpm and 45.5ftlb at 10,500rpm, which compares to 122bhp and 49.93ftlb of the old bike.

There’s crisp new fuelling but the engine remains virtually unchanged apart from the addition of a gear position sensor, which both informs the rider of the gear selected but also allows different maps for each gear. 

The Euro4 engine feels strangled, it revs freely but couldn’t open its lungs to show what it could do – the famous R6 top-end rush is sadly lacking.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Despite the high revving nature of the R6 we don’t envisage any problems with the latest version as it’s primarily based on the reliable previous model.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At just under £11,000 the R6 is an expensive supersport bike, but is the only Japanese 600 machine which is Euro4 compliant.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Six-way traction control comes as standard, and works from wheel sensors instead of the more common internal measurement unit (IMU). The TC level can be changed on the move, but can only be deactivated at a standstill. There are three rider modes plus a conventional, upshift – only quickshifter. ABS now comes as standard and can’t be switched off.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £10,999
Used price £8,700 to £11,700
Warranty term 2 years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £64
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 116 bhp
Max torque 45.5 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.75 secs
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 16v, inline four-cylinder
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 190kg
Front suspension 43mm forks fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Single rear shock fully adjustable.
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial caliper. ABS
Rear brake 220mm single disc with two-piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

Previous model was launched in 2007.

Other versions

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