The 2017 iteration of Yamaha YZF R6 has been revealed at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIME), Florida. Yamaha's middleweight track tool has received a number of upgrades to make it even more relevant among the current crop of feature-rich performance motorcycles. For starters, the fairing has been revised, making it look similar to its litre class brethren, the YZF R1. Yamaha claims that the new fairing is more aerodynamic than the predecessor's as the drag coefficient is 8% lesser than the 2016 R6. As a weight-saving measure, the fuel tank is now made of aluminium and provides greater knee grip to allow spirited cornering. The bike also gets mirror mounted indicators and R1-like headlamps and LEDs. The LEDs are a bit curvier in this one, though. Reminds me of Audi's headlamps. The tail is also minimalistic, similar to the R1's.
Lots of changes have been made to improve the bike's handling. The front 3-way adjustable suspension has been derived from R1 and is 3mm thicker and offers 0.2mm more travel, at 4.7 inches compared to the older one. The rear now gets KYB piggyback monoshock instead of a conventional unit. The brakes have also been derived from the R1. The front dual disc brakes are now larger, at 320 mm and both the front and rear brakes are equipped with ABS. Another unexpected thing is that the mileage has been slightly improved. The claimed mileage for the 2017 R6 stands at 17.86 kmpl. The throttle control is done by Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T ride-by-unit), complex electronic nannies include selectable D-Mode engine response, a multi-mode traction control system and an optional quick shifter for clutchless gear shifts.
Overall, the new R6 has received significant updates but the only grinch is the stubby exhaust unit. It sticks out like a sore thumb and could've been designed better, in my opinion. But most of the riders who buy the new R6 would probably swap it for an aftermarket one, I guess. What do you guys think?