MCN's Trevor Franklin has spent the day testing Yamaha's new naked FZ6 and we got his first impressions as he stepped off the bike.
"The FZ6 is one of the few bikes that just feels right as soon as you get on it. With a lot of sports bikes it takes you a while to get into the feel of it, but with the FZ6 everything feels good from the word go. In that respect it is similar to Honda's Hornet 600 but the Yamaha just pulls it off much better."
The FZ6 captures the best of both worlds with enough power to make it fun but a smooth enough delivery to make it practical around town.
Franklin continued: "It's the kind of bike that makes you want to use the whole rev range. The top end is tighter and crisper than the old Fazer and it really screams all the way to the 14,000rpm limit. It is a little fluffy in the lower revs though."
The handling was the thing that Franklin found most impressive: "The stock set-up is excellent, with a good balance between comfort and a firm ride. The ride is very stable and it rolls into corners rather than dropping in suddenly."
The only real downside he could find was the brakes: "They're just a step back in time. The old bike had Yamaha R1-derived calipers but the FZ6 has got simple two-pot affairs that just aren't very good at slowing you down. And they get worse in the wet."
To read Trevor Franklin's full test of the Yamaha FZ6 read next week's MCN, out January 21.
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