Family Feud: Yamaha FZ6R vs. YZF-R6

Fraternal Fours

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing
Yamah FZ6R | $6999
Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c inline-four Rear suspension: Soqi shock with adjustable spring preload Measured horsepower: 64 bhp @ 9750 rpm
Valve train: DOHC, 16v Front brake: Dual Akebono two-piston calipers, 298mm discs Measured torque: 38 lb.-ft. @ 8000 rpm
Displacement: 599cc Rear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 245mm disc Corrected 1/4-mile: 12.7 sec. @ 104 mph
Bore x stroke: 65.5 x 44.5mm Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Roadsmart Top-gear roll-on: 4.6 sec.
Compression: 12.2:1 Rear tire: 160/60ZR-17 Dunlop Roadsmart Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 49/43/46 mpg
Fuel system: EFI Rake/trail: 26.0°/4.1 in. Colors: Team Yamaha Blue/White, Cadmium Yellow, Pearl White, Raven
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate Seat height: 30.9/31.7 in. Availability: Now
Transmission: 6-speed Wheelbase: 56.7 in. Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Frame: Tubular-steel Fuel capacity: 4.6 gal. Contact: Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
800.962.7926
www.yamaha-motor.com
Front suspension: 41mm Soqi fork Weight (tank full/empty): 477/449 lbs.

Dyno
Ample bottom-end torque makes the FZ6R feel pretty potent around town, but restricted horsepower limits its passing capabilities on the highway and overall amusement factor.

Ergos
The FZ's high handlebar, ample legroom and lower, softer seat are as good as it gets in the Yamaha sportbike family. Slap on a taller windscreen and you're good to go.

Yamah YZF-R6 | $10, 090
Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c inline-four Rear suspension: Soqi shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping Measured horsepower: 102.0 bhp @ 14,250 rpm
Valve train: DOHC, 16v Front brake: Dual Sumitomo four-piston calipers, 310mm discs Measured torque: 44.3 lb.-ft. @ 10,750 rpm
Displacement: 599cc Rear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 220mm disc Corrected 1/4-mile: 10.85 sec. @ 130.4 mph
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mm Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier Top-gear roll-on: 3.93 sec.
Compression: 13.1:1 Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 39/36/38 mpg
Fuel system: EFI Rake/trail: 24.0°/3.8 in. Colors: Vivid Orange/Raven, Pearl White, Team Yamaha Blue/White, Raven
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper Seat height: 33.5 in. Availability: Now
Transmission: 6-speed Wheelbase: 54.3 in. Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar Fuel capacity: 4.6 gal. Contact: Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
800.962.7926
www.yamaha-motor.com
Front suspension: 41mm Soqi inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping Weight (tank full/empty): 427/399 lbs.

Dyno
Keeping the revs up is the key to unlocking the R6's phenomenal power. EPA noise tests are responsible for that big depression at 11,500 rpm.

Ergos
High rearsets, low clip-ons and a flared gas tank favor control over comfort. The R6 only feels good when you're hanging off or glued to the tank in a full racing tuck.

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arless
You youngsters kill me, with your got to have a bike that is for racing to ride around everyday. I'm cool man I have a R6 under me. As soon as I get out of site I will have to pull over and get the kink out of my legs and back. Point being if you are going to spend $11 to $15,000.00 on a super-sport, then by all means do but take it to the track not on the streets and highways. Buy a second bike for the city streets that wont cripple you in the process. Nuff said
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