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2012 Yamaha FZ6R Review
The FZ6R... easy to handle, big time fun to ride.
The 2012 Yamaha FZ6R has a special ambience that makes you feel comfortable the minute you swing a leg over the seat. It is a sports bike that does not make any earth shattering claims; just a bike that will leave you smiling after each and every ride. Perhaps you are just getting started in motorcycling or have been around long enough to recognize that fun is not always determined by engine size or horsepower.
Somewhere between cruisers and supersport bikes exists a genre simply known as "sports" bikes.
The FZ6R fits perfectly into the less intense sport bike world with its easy to control power, light weight and low seat height. A slim compact chassis complements the fuel injected engine and its very linear throttle control. No lap records here, just a bike that inspires rider confidence and is a blast to ride.
Innovative FZ6R features like adjustable seat height make it easy for beginning
riders to get started.
The 2012 Yamaha FZ6R offer features that make it easy for beginning riders to get started: a low seat height, grips that reach back to you, and a torquey, 600cc engine you won't outgrow anytime soon. Add a beautiful diamond-steel frame, a sleek fairing, a Yamaha R6 style exhaust and a price that makes it way more affordable than it looks, and it all adds up to the ultimate first sportsbike.
2012 Yamaha FZ6R Highlights and Key Features:
Fuel Consumption ± 18.1kpl/51.5mpg(Imp)
Fuel injected, 600cc, DOHC, 4-valve, in-line 4 tuned for fun and ease of use
Sporty styling and low seat height
A rider in the market for an entry level or commuter 600cc bike doesnt
have to compromise performance or style to get value. The FZ6R is a great
combination of performance, handling, and exciting sport bike style, but also
with a low seat height thats both adjustable to fit a wider variety
of riders and also narrower where it counts to make it even easier to put
both feet on the ground.
The engine delivers smooth power just the way todays rider needs
it, brisk acceleration with plenty of torque that makes it a pleasure to get
around town, with lots in reserve for when you want more. This is certainly
not a no frills motor. Its derived from the FZ6 motor, fuel
injected and tuned for outstanding low to mid engine performance.
Even if your primary goal is commuting to school or work, you want
to be able to get out and have fun riding some twisty back roads. The FZ6R
is ready to put a grin on your face! The diamond-shaped frame, made of high-tensile
steel pipes using the engine as a structural member of the chassis, becomes
the foundation for handling performance. Its designed to provide the
right rigidity balance to contribute to smooth cornering performance.
When it comes to putting power to the pavement, the new FZ6R uses nothing
less than quality radial tires, 120/70R 17-inch front and 160/60R 17-inch
rear. And this bikes excellent stopping performance is due to dual 298mm
front discs and a 245mm rear disc, both with comfortable to use controls.
2012 Yamaha FZ6R Features and Benefits
Ultra-compact, 600cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, slant block in-line four powerplant. This engine has been specially tuned for ease of riding with very linear power characteristics.
Compact, 4-valve cylinder head features 25mmm intake valves and 22mm exhaust valves. Special narrow intake port shape increases air velocity resulting in a more linear throttle response.
Lightweight hollow camshafts provide excellent torque in the low and mid rpm range and also help to achieve linear throttle control. Fuel economy is also optimized.
Automatic hydraulic-type cam chain tensioner reduces mechanical engine noise and maintenance.
One-piece cylinder and upper crankcase assembly provides superior engine and chassis rigidity as well as reducing weight.
Ceramic composite plated sleeveless cylinder bores provide greater heat dissipation for consistent power delivery and reduced frictional power losses. Sleeveless design also reduces weight.
Lightweight forged pistons connected to carburized connecting rods provide superior strength and reduced reciprocating mass for crisp throttle response and reduced vibration.
"Group-Type" Mikuni 32mm throttle body fuel injection provides outstanding throttle response and excellent fuel economy. Group fuel injection divides the four cylinders into two groups (1 & 4 and 2 & 3) with two injections of fuel for every 720 degrees of crank rotation.
Compact "high dynamic range" injectors use 4-hole / 2-direction spray type injectors for excellent throttle control, reduced emissions and great fuel economy.
A high powered, compact 32 bit ECU controls the ignition and fuel injection processes.
Compact slant-block engine uses a "Tri-Axis" stacked 6-speed transmission design to create a shorter engine (front to back) which allows for optimum engine placement in the frame for a balanced weight distribution and great handling.
"Inner push" type clutch release mechanism provides very light and smooth clutch lever action.
Shifter layout and design provides smooth, positive shifting.
Compact 4 into 2 into 1 "midship" style exhaust system features a 3-way catalytic converter which reduces harmful exhaust emissions (CO, HC, CO2 and NOx). The result is very clean running engine that easily surpasses strict EPA and EU European emission standards.
This "midship" style exhaust system concentrates mass in the centre of the bike and keeps the centre of gravity low for light agile handling at any speed.
High capacity radiator with ring-type cooling fan insures maximum cooling efficiency.
Liquid cooled oil cooler maintains consistent oil temperatures for extended engine and lubricant life.
Convenient spin-on type oil filter.
Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition ensures fast starts and optimum engine performance.
Air Induction System (AIS) reduces harmful hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide
(HC & CO) exhaust emissions.
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
"Diamond-type", high tensile tube steel frame is used. The main frame tubes are 31.5mm in diameter and feature a minimum of welds and bends. Rigidity around the steering head and swingarm pivot has been optimized for excellent handling and stability.
This frame design helps to maintain one of the lowest seat heights (785mm / 30.1") in the 600 sports class.
The engine is mounted to the frame in 4 locations making it a stressed chassis member and enhancing handling qualities.
A box section steel swingarm compliments the frame and aids in providing a light handling feel.
Detachable steel rear sub frame reduces costs in the event of a "loop-out".
Conventional 41mm cartridge style fork provide great handling and excellent ride comfort. Plastic protectors help prevent tube damage due to stone chips. Wheel travel is 130mm (5.1").
"Link less" rear suspension means the rear shock mounts directly to the frame and swingarm without the use of linkages. The rear suspension system has been designed to provide a rising rate feeling without the additional weight of linkage arms and pivots. The shock features 7-way spring pre-load adjustability. Wheel travel is 130mm (5.1")
Dual 298mm floating front disc brakes are squeezed by a twin piston calipers. Braking performance is progressive and lever feel is excellent.
245mm rear disc brake with single piston caliper provides excellent stopping power.
Full fairing offers great wind and weather protection. An inner panel around the instrument area provides a clean, quality image for the "cockpit".
Stylish 17 litre (3.7 Imp. gal.) fuel tank provides an excellent riding range between fill ups.
Lightweight 5-spoke mag wheels are fitted with Z rated radial tires which reduce unsprung weight for light, agile handling.
Stylish two piece rider and passenger seat design offers excellent comfort. The rider portion of the seat is adjustable. The standard position is the lowest (785mm / 30.9") position with an ability to increase the rider seat height by 20mm or approximately ¾ of an inch.
Adjustable handlebar design. The traditional 7/8" steel handlebar not only offers a comfortable, more upright riding position but can also be adjusted 20mm (approximately ¾ of an inch) forward by rotating the handlebar mounting brackets 180 degrees. The traditional handlebar design also allows easy replacement to a different "bend" if so desired.
FZ1 inspired multi-function instrument assembly. Features include an analog tach, digital speedo, dual tripmeters, clock, fuel gauge and fuel reserve tripmeter plus a full range of warning lights.
Bright, single 60/55 watt halogen headlight
ADDITIONAL DETAILS / FEATURES
5-position adjustable front brake lever
Convenient passenger grab rails
520 size "O" ring chain reduces weight
Low maintenance, sealed battery
Helmet holder cable
2012 Yamaha FZ6R - USA Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP* $7,690 (Raven) Available from September 2011
$7,590 (Pearl White) Available from September 2011
Type 600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 16 valves
Bore x Stroke 65.5mm x 44.5mm
Compression Ratio 12.2:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Ignition Digital TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed; multi-plate wet clutch
Final Drive O-ring chain
Suspension / Front Telescopic fork, 5.1-in.travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock, 5.1-in travel
Brakes / Front Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 245mm
Tires / Front 120/70 ZR17
Tires / Rear 160/60 ZR17
Length 83.5 in
Width 30.3 in
Height 46.7 in
Seat Height 30.9 in
Ground Clearance 5.5 in
Wheelbase 56.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 26.0°
Trail 4.1 in
Fuel Capacity 4.6 gal
Fuel Economy** 43 mpg
Wet Weight 470 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2012 Yamaha FZ6R - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, in-line four
Bore and Stroke 65.5 x 44.5mm
Compression Ratio 12.2:1
Maximum Torque 6.1 kg-m (44.1 ft-lb) @ 8,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni 32mm throttle body FI
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 18.1 kpl/ 51.5 mpg (Imp.)
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition / Starting TCI / Electric
Final Drive "O" ring chain
Suspension (Front) 41mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 298mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 245mm disc
Tires (Front) 120/70ZR17
Tires (Rear) 160/60ZR17
Dimensions / Technical Details
Length 2,120mm (83.5")
Width 770mm (30.3")
Height 1,185mm (46.7")
Wheelbase 1,440mm (56.7")
Rake / Trail 26° / 103mm (4.1")
Ground Clearance 140mm (5.5")
Seat Height 785mm (30.9") to 805 (31.7")
Fuel Capacity 17 litres (3.7 Imp. gal.)
Wet Weight 212kg (467 lb)
Colour(s) Metallic Black
± Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification
data obtained by Yamaha and converted into Canadian measurements. Your actual
mileage will vary depending on road condition, how you ride, maintain your
vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight.
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.
* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less. See your local dealer for out the door pricing.
2012 Yamaha FZ6R - European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing.
Model not available.