• Sep 9th 2008 at 6:04PM
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Click above for more shots of the 2009 Yamaha FZ6R

While Yamaha's biggest sportbike release for the year is undoubtedly the 2009 R1, the tuning fork crew didn't leave out the smaller-bore machines either. For the last few years, Yamaha's race-ready 600cc efforts have sent the powerband further and further into the stratosphere, optimizing it for the racetrack. Don't expect that to change much for '09. In fact, don't expect much at all in the way of changes to the range-topping R6, as Yamaha cites only a revised ECU that has remapped YCC-T settings. Plus, Honda's not the only Japanese manufacturer with some crazy colors for '09, as the new Yamaha is available in a Halloween-esque orange and black scheme.

Considering that the R6 is such a narrow-minded machine, though, Yamaha has two other fully-faired middleweights to consider for a more streetable package, including the all-new FZ6R. Featuring an engine yanked from the past-generation R6, but revised for more lower-end performance, the FZ6R is not actually based on the naked FZ6 that's been around for the last few years and from which it inherits its nomenclature. One unique bit that is sure to win over some buyers is the low seat height and adjustable riding position, which allows the rider to move the controls both side-to-side and up-and-down. While the '09 R6 retails for around $10,000, the lower-level FZ6R goes for just under $7K, making it much more manageable for entry-level riders. As before, the R6S is still available and bridges the gap between the FZ6R and the high-end R6 coming in at a buck under $8,500.

[Source: Yamaha]


Yamaha Introduces 2009 FZ6R

Cypress, Calif. – With the 2009 FZ6R Yamaha is redefining what to expect from an entry level sport bike. That's why the FZ6R is packed with features that belie its price point; like a torquey 600cc four cylinder engine, fuel injection and a sleek full fairing. New comers to the sport will especially appreciate the low seat height and handlebars that put the rider comfortably in control and anyone can appreciate build quality usually reserved for models costing thousands of dollars more.

Starting with the proven power plant from our championship winning supersport bikes the engine in the FZ6R has been optimized for smooth, usable power. The cylinder head, crankcase, intake and exhaust system and clutch and shifter have been designed to create an entirely new engine character. The end result is a fun to ride motorcycle that will appeal to entry-level riders that they won't soon outgrow.

An all new diamond-shaped steel frame keeps the seat height low enough to comfortably reach the ground while allowing responsive handling. A solidly mounted engine allows for the optimum balance of high vertical rigidity and comparatively low lateral rigidity for stability at speed and sharp cornering performance.

Stylish bodywork lends the FZ6R a sporty aggressive look, borrowing aggressive lines from the YZF-R series with more extensive wind protection to match the more upright seating position. A low mount exhaust keeps the mass centralized while adding to the aggressive modern look of the bike.

Now what's your excuse for not getting the cool sportbike you always wanted?

The new FZ6R will be available in dealerships nationwide beginning in January 2009 with a starting MSRP of $6,990. The 2009 FZ6R will be available in Team Yamaha Blue/White, Pearl White, Cadmium Yellow and Raven.

Full information on all Yamaha models can be found at http://www.yamaha-motor.com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Are bikes dangerous? sure......they can be....but so can a car.
      Whenever you hear/read/are told of a story of yet another bike accident victim make sure you look for the fine print, invariably it was because the rider was doing something stupid.
      Sportbike forums are LOADED with "pity me" threads authored by jackasses looking to garner sympathy for their latest date with the pavement. At first, you want to offer your support for a speedy healing, until you read the hows and whys of the incident.

      Riding a bike just forces you to become more aware of those around you. There's really nothing to be afraid of as long as to learn to anticipate. Always assume that the cars around you will always do the most selfish thing you can imagine, and avoid them, and you will be fine.
      Ride within your limits......dragging a knee is for the track, no rider in their right mind tries to push the max lean angle on their bike while on the streets....that's just foolish.
      Lane splitting? don't even think about it........even if it is semi legal in your state. The cars around you will get awfully upset at your advantage and will do things to ruin your day: rapid lane changes without signalling, "nudging" etc.....don't tempt them.
      Remember: people are selfish, especially behind the wheel.
      Ride your bike like it's a car (albeit a smaller, faster one) and be courteous and you will find that riding really ain't all that scary.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think bikes can be made safer. Riders can be made more aware, but drivers are the dangerous part of riding. Make the drivers more aware and riding a bike will be safer. The riders also have to be safe when riding, and not do stupid things like 80 mph wheelies.

      A compromise should make riding safe and fun.

      I love reading motorcycle news on Autoblog. :) I just skip the comments from those who have sand in their vaginas about it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        dont forget to wear a full suit! i see too many guys in tshirts and jeans on the freeway at 80mph that are just on the edge of becoming minced meat
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. I hear some people complain about how noisy bikes are; and wonder why people would purchase a vehicle and leathers that are so outlandishly colored.

        Well, guess what? Yes, we really are trying to get your attention! No, it's not to satisfy our egos. Bright colors and loud pipes are simply safer. Consider it a public service: we're getting your attention back onto the road and away from your cell phones.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You have your paradigms mixed up.

        Those that wear bright colors do not have loud pipes. Those that wear somber colors have retarded loud pipes.

        Those that have loud pipes "for safety" don't wear helmets, or wear those useless half-shell DOT helmets that aren't very good for safety.

        Those that wear bright colors tend to ride like 'tards, but those that wear dark colors tend to ride responsibly, except for their attire.

        I ride a maxi-scooter. I don't subscribe to either camp. I ride like I have sense and I do what I do, but NOT to look cool, blend in at an HD rally, or show off to my peeps.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if they could bikes just a little bit more safer, i would get one in a heartbeat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok now how about something to compete with the new ninja 250.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was planning to get the new ninja 250 until I found out the waitlist (in Seattle) is almost a year now, and Kawasaki is going to raise the MSRP to $3999 for '09 models. I would be thrilled if Yamaha (or Suzuki or Honda) would start competing in the 250cc sportbike market in the States.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How come there isn't a single shot from the rear?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Terrible styling, color and graphic choices. Three wrongs don't make it right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      R6 is a superb handling bike in stock trim, minus the twitchy front. Had an 06' and loved it. Too bad the 08 and 09's have gained some weight. Totally diggin' the new blue scheme and the black (probably Euro only)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like bikes, I really do. They are amazing machines.
      This top of the line Yamaha and the Hayabusa are the poor mans Ducati, IMO.

      These new 600 bikes make the old 1 Liter bikes look real slow.

      I love watching the 250cc road racers in Europe going at it. Amazing.

      But I will never buy one. Ever. Too damn dangerous for the street. I would like to learn to ride one properly on a closed track, though.

      Go to your local hospital and tour the neuro rehabiltation center and see the results of motorcycle accidents. Yes, auto drivers are just as much to blame. Do I have sand in my vagina? Yup. Nice fine Cayman Island 7 mile beach sand please, since I have a preference.

      I cringe when I see kids doing STUPID things on the street and freeways. Or seeing someone in a car yapping away on the phone and cutting bike riders off who are traveling at normal speeds. It pisses me off when the bike is a hog with nice loud pipes and people in cars STILL dont pay attention and cut them off.

      • 6 Years Ago
      2010 Yamaha R3? Hmmmm...I like it..

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