Yamaha reveals 2017 YZF-R6

Yamaha has revealed the new YZF-R6 and from the outside; it’s been heavily influenced by the R1.

That’s most notable at the front-end where recessed LED twin-headlights mimic the R1 that burst on to the market in 2015.

It looks sleek and for a middleweight, it looks powerful too,, even if its engine is somewhat smaller than the YZF-R1 at 599cc.

In terms of equipment, the R6 is all singing and all dancing, a lot like the R1.

There’s switchable traction control, a quick-shift and a slipper clutch to limit back-torque when shifting back down the gears.

According to Yamaha there’s a new slim line magnesium sub frame too. It’s narrower than the model it replaces, allowing the rider to tuck in and improve aerodynamics.

That’s helped by a new lightweight aluminium tank, which comes with knee recesses that allow riders to grip the bike.

At the front there are adjustable upside-down forks, which are longer than on the current R6, along with a new R1 inspired radial front brake that Yamaha says is one of the most advanced systems ever fitted to one of its bikes.

Full specification details are yet to be revealed by the Japanese manufacturer however it will be available in either blue or black.