Yamaha Updates R6 and FZ-09 for 2017

Yamaha today released their 2017 model lineup and the biggest updates are a complete styling rework on the R6, along with some suspension and chassis tweaks, and a restyled RZ-09. Also, Yamaha announced they are giving away a R1S with all the trimmings. See below for instructions on how to enter.

Yamaha says:

2017 YZF-R6

With over 150,000 units sold in the USA , three World Supersport Championships over the last
seven years, and 21 AMA Professional Road Racing Championships over the last 13 years, the
YZF-R6 is on the record as being one of the most popular and winningest supersport
motorcycles ever built. Light, agile and fast, this iconic 600cc supersport model is the number
one choice with today's racers who are looking to progress quickly through the competition

The YZF-R6 has always been at the very forefront of extreme supersport design. Since its debut
in 1999, it has remained one of the most dynamic looking motorcycles in its class, and has
attracted an intensely loyal and dedicated following.

For 2017 Yamaha has completely restyled this respected middleweight supersport motorcycle,
while incorporating refinements to the electronics and chassis that will contribute to continued
class dominance.

Most aerodynamic motorcycle ever produced by Yamaha

Yamaha's supersport design team continually work to achieve higher levels of performance in
every area, and the 2017 YZF-R6 is equipped with new bodywork that provides the most
efficient aerodynamics ever featured on a production Yamaha motorcycle.

The low-drag front fairing has been developed using some of the key elements from the YZF-
R1, resulting in a significant improvement of 8% in aerodynamic efficiency. In addition to the
redesigned front cowl and windscreen, the YZF-R6’s new LED turn signals are incorporated
within the rear view mirrors to reduce turbulence and drag.

Along with a central forced air intake and recessed LED twin headlights, the YZF-R6’s
aggressive looks make it instantly recognizable as a member of the R World family.

The YZF-R6 was one of the first motorcycles to adopt advanced electronics that ensure
precision control, including the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) and Yamaha Chip
Controlled Intake (YCC-I).

To provide an even higher degree of controllability in a wide range of conditions, the YZF-R6 is
equipped with an advanced Traction Control System (TCS) that is adjusted by a switch on the
handlebars and features 6 levels of selectable intervention, as well as an OFF function. The
TCS's intelligent software is designed to ensure that there is no unnatural feeling when it
intervenes, and the system also compensates for rear tire wear to give consistent performance.

Yamaha’s D-Mode system, found on several of the company’s other motorcycle models, is now
a feature of the YZF-R6. The system allows the rider to choose the optimum engine character
for their riding situation and preferences from three throttle valve control maps (Standard Mode,
“A” Mode, and “B” Mode) for different throttle response characteristics at the push of a button.
A new instrument display features an analog-style tachometer and digital speedometer, while
incorporating TCS and ABS status indicators.

Available as an accessory, a new Quick Shift System (QSS) allows for faster gear changing and
provides YZF-R6 owners with an additional performance option. The QSS instantly cancels
drive torque when an upshift is detected, enabling full-throttle clutchless upshifts for outstanding
acceleration through the close ratio 6-speed transmission.

Suspension, brake and chassis refinements

The 2017 YZF-R6 is equipped with new KYB upside down forks that feature large diameter
43mm tubes – compared to 41mm on the previous model - to give a more planted feel,
particularly during braking and cornering. These forks, along with a 25mm front axle, mirror the
exact components used on the YZF-R1, with the exception of settings tuned for the YZF-R6.

Together with the newly-designed adjustable KYB rear shock, the 43mm KYB forks offer a full
range of adjustability that allows the rider to dial in their suspension and chassis set up to
achieve precise and responsive handling performance to match road and track conditions.

The new YZF-R6 also benefits from the use of an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), a new feature
for the model, that incorporates dual 320mm discs and aluminium 4-pot opposed piston calipers
as part of a complete radial brake system that provides outstanding feel together with
remarkable stopping power.

A newly designed seat and narrower CF die-cast magnesium rear subframe allow the rider to
shift their body weight quickly and easily, and tuck in more closely to the motorcycle for
improved aerodynamics.

Manufactured from aluminium and weighing 1.2kg less than the steel equivalent, a new
streamlined aluminum fuel tank features deep knee recesses that enable the rider to grip the
motorcycle firmly and find an ideal position to match their physique and riding style.

The combination of the new fuel tank together with the new slimmer subframe and flatter seat
have created a shorter reach to the ground when stopped, and an improved riding position that
is designed to give riders a greater feeling of control on the street and track.

Price and availability

The 2017 YZF-R6 will be offered in three different colors – Intensity White/Matte Silver, Matte
Raven Black, and Team Yamaha Blue - and will retail for $12,199 with availability in dealerships
beginning in March.

Yamaha Dealers will be taking deposits as part of a Priority Delivery Program beginning October
13, 2016. A free accessory Quick Shift System will be given to the first 500 buyers with a $500
deposit. Installation not included.

2017 FZ-09

With its aggressive styling and impressive performance, the original FZ-09 blew the naked
sportbike segment wide open. And now, for 2017, the FZ-09 is back with radical new styling and
a host of performance updates. New features for 2017 include adjustable Traction Control, fully
adjustable front forks, an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), and an aggressive look that takes its
styling cues from its big brother, the FZ-10.

New, floating-style quad-LED headlights and a sculpted 3D taillight combine with sleek new
radiator shrouds, air scoops and a swingarm-mounted license plate bracket to give the 2017 FZ-
09 an even more extreme style that places it squarely in the front of the naked sportbike class.

For 2017, the FZ-09’s 847cc, crossplane-concept, liquid-cooled, inline, three-cylinder, fuel-
injected engine combines advanced, high-tech components, including YCC-T ® , Yamaha D-
Mode (user-selectable, electronically controlled drive modes), and Traction Control, to deliver an
exciting, torquey, and quick-revving engine character. Combined with an Assist & Slipper (A&S)
Clutch plus new ABS-equipped brakes, the 2017 FZ-09 is built around rider-centric control
across a wide range of road conditions and individual riding styles.

Performance-minded FZ-09 riders can also install a new Genuine Yamaha Quick Shift System
as an accessory, which delivers clutchless, full-throttle upshifts for maximum acceleration.

The 2017 FZ-09 will be available in Candy Red, Matte Silver and Intensity White, will retail for
$8,999, and will be available in dealerships beginning in February.

R1S Urban Ops Sweepstakes

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced the
“R1S Urban Ops Sweepstakes.” In a random drawing from all entries received, Yamaha will
select one winner who will receive a one-of-a-kind 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1S that has been
tricked-out with a complete assortment of Genuine Yamaha Accessories, select aftermarket
upgrades, special graphics, and custom lighting.

According to Martin Vivanco, Retail Sales Promotion Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation,
U.S.A., “This very special ‘R1S Urban Ops’ project bike is targeted toward the motorcycle
enthusiast who wants to have the coolest looking bike on the road with performance to match its
striking looks.”

The ‘R1S Urban Ops’ is outfitted with the following components:
• Genuine Yamaha Accessories Folding Clutch and Brake Levers
• Genuine Yamaha Accessories Slim Design Frame Sliders
• Genuine Yamaha Accessories Street Tag Eliminator
• Genuine Yamaha Accessories Endurance Windscreen (Smoke)
• Genuine Yamaha Accessories Rear Stand Spools
• Genuine Yamaha Accessories Radiator/Oil Cooler Guard
• E.K. 525 Black-and-Gold Chain
• Yoshimura® Y-Series Carbon Fiber Slip-On Muffler
• Graves Motorsports Rearsets
• Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Tires (with a special gift of three years or three sets of tires, whichever
comes first)

In addition to the above add-ons, this one-of-a-kind ‘R1S Urban Ops’ features an urban, digitalcamo
wrap; red powder-coated wheels; and unique, illuminated Yamaha logos on each side of
the fuel tank.

Fans have a chance to win the bike by entering the “R1S Urban Ops Sweepstakes” online at
https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/R1SUrbanOps, and can find social media posts by
searching #R1SUrbanOps.

No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Sweepstakes entrants must be U.S. residents and 18
years of age or older. More details and complete sweepstakes rules are available on the

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