2009 Yamaha FZ6R First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Yamaha FZ 6N
Yamaha FZ 6N

2009 Yamaha FZ6R Ride

It’s hard not to get discouraged days. Times are tough – on any news channel and it’s all we The credit bubble has completely and we are paying the price with an that hasn’t looked bad since knickers and wingtips in style. Credit-dependent industries, the motorcycle market, have a big hit (unless it’s scooters and bikes, that is).

Now than ever consumers are their pocketbook over performance when it comes to a new machine.

’09 Yamaha Sporting performance from an package?

But why can’t we have This is exactly what Yamaha to achieve with their new Let’s call it PPP (Penny Performance).

Thus, we thoroughly on the new machine to bring you the real

Do you actually get more bang the buck, or does the adage get what you pay for’ hold here? Let’s find

Internals Exposed

In an effort to and prove one can in fact get more they pay for, Yamaha at the heart of the FZ looking for improved rideability. Engine lineage down from the R6 of yesteryear, but at improved low-end and mid-range to the demands of today’s sport

A larger volume airbox clean air into fuel four 32mm Mikuni bodies. An improved intake has been designed to optimize and improve air/fuel mixture, a 32-bit ECU controls the four-hole, high-dynamic-range type fuel Revised cam timing reduces and duration, which causes a of top-end power but thickens up the

2009 Yamaha FZ6R.

composite liners sit in each for improved wear resistance and friction, while new forged lightweight pistons reduce and add strength, allowing the engine to rev to a 10,000 rpm. Bore and resides at 65.5 x 44.5mm, the transmission is a six-speed close-ratio unit a new clutch pull system to that of the R6, using a pushrod as to the old ball-joint.

Spent gasses are via a new 4-2-1 exhaust system features a 3-way catalytic to meet the ever-inflating government standards (thank you Uncle The new system exits under the right foot, MotoGP-style, via a square housing. This is to keep mass as close to the CG of Gravity) as possible, and also the “aimed to improve low- to power” theme Yamaha has with this new bike.

All-new styling features lines, with the rear end the sharp lines of the front.

the 6R sees a redesigned steel frame which uses the as a stressed member, as well as a square steel swingarm. now sits at 26 degrees with a of 103.5mm. Suspension is handled via a 41mm fork up front and shock out back. No surprise as SOQI is Yamaha’s in-house company.

The fork is not adjustable, the shock has a seven-step ramp-style adjuster.

On the other hand, far adjustable are the handlebar and seat Up front the bar can be set in two positions 20mm from each other, the seat is also a two-position with options 20mm and lower. Wheels are 17-inch by 3.5 wide in the front and 4.5 inches out back, coming shod either Bridgestone or Dunlop

Standard Brembo master grace both ends of the the front feeding two 298mm that are pinched by dual-piston calipers with a single-piston grabbing a 245mm disk in the Rounding out the changes is an FZ1-inspired cluster with a digital and analog tach, as well as all the essential info needed to any level rider informed.

The best part? All this in at a starting price under 7K for the Raven Black; the Yellow, and Racing Blue options are That’s a lot of bang for not a lot of buck and are currently being shipped to as you read this.

So what is it to ride?

The Goods

Throw a leg the low 30.9-inch seat height, the key, thumb the starter and the guy comes to life with a and subdued whine. Government haven’t done anything to motorcycle sound, thus it until it’s dropped in and rolling away that the livens up.

Yamaha FZ 6N

Beautiful Northern played host for the first and provided amazing roads.

For our taste of the new econo-friendly ride, invited us up to utterly beautiful Rosa, California, in the heart of country, to drink in some of the roads North America has to Sunny skies graced us for the day of though temperatures in the low 50s and high 40s for some frozen extremities

Despite the chilled internals, the new proved a formidable opponent for any road one could put in its path, taking our mind off the weather as the increased. A lack of suspension and low footpegs limited the pace but for those new to the sport finding relatively high limits take time. On the other Yamaha hit the nail on the head the adjustability of the seat and handlebars, that will benefit far more than adjustable

Even at a short 5’6, I the low seat position to be cramped, the 20mm higher option far better. This low height bode well for new and shorter as getting both feet on the will aid confidence substantially. a few steps of preload out back reduced pumping on corner and stabilized the machine. We ended two off full-hard and could have gone one step stiffer to further.

All of the above mentioned (seat, suspension, bars) can be quite easily with provided in the under-seat tool

You can’t tell, but it was about 30 when this photo was thing performance from the Yamaha helped heat up.

Feeling slightly slower the standard FZ6, the tweaked generation R6 powerplant left to be desired. While the added will help newer and the impeccable fuel injection for worry-free application of the throttle at any the feel is very electric and character. Not much goes on rpm, at which time it smooth and seamlessly to the 10,000 rpm the problem being it’s a bit too

On the plus side, it does enough mid-range snap to those wheeliers happy, as a twist of the right wrist in gear lofts the front end to the sky problem. The high bars and feel of the rear brake for easy continuation of said (though, um, we only recommend actions on a closed course, of

Clutch action is improved. is effortless and feel from the is up to par with its more expensive Reminding me much of the ’01 R6 I raced a few ‘back in the day’, the transmission has same smooth and buttery when shifting. Tossing the lever from gear to is nearly effortless, making for easy and pain-free shifts in directions.

A trade off of this action is a bit of feel, as the machine makes a solid clunk or to let you know you are fully into the gear, though 99% of the time you are problem. I did hit a couple false during the day possibly due to this, times between fourth and gear.

Brakes are more than up to for the lightweight machine and one of its shining as are the ergonomics. A rated 43mpg also no doubt be a solid point in these tough times.

But the key selling point – the one Yamaha’s extensive research young American consumers put all the rest – an aesthetically pleasing, full fairing. Generation ‘Y’ has and Yamaha have once answered the call with the 09 providing a formidable option at a reasonable price.

Yamaha FZ 6N
Yamaha FZ 6N


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