Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Yamaha FZ6R Quality far away from the Price

Yamaha breaks down its “sportbike” category into three sub-classes: Supersport, Sport and Sport-Touring. Their research says 60% of its first-time buyers choose a Supersport bike like the R6 and R1, both of which aren’t exactly newbie friendly. Just 32% of these consumers chose an FZ1 or FZ6 from the Sport Motorcycle category.The new FZ6R sports a redesigned engine from the crankcases on up. But the Sport class has seen mild surges in sales for the past three years, surely due to more economically minded buyers in the market. They want sporty bikes as well as great fuel mileage and comfort. They also want to blend in with their friends’ sportbikes but don’t wanna be uncomfortable doing it. This is where the relaxed riding position of the new FZ6R meets the aggressive style of the YZF-R line. The lower price point and lower saddle heights probably don’t hurt either. The option might appear redundant on the OEM’s part, but it’s providing the buyer a better fit of the rider physique and the pocketbook. These ‘entry sport’ bikes as Yamaha calls them - sub 750cc sport motorcycle - are at a 5-year sales high with nearly 43,000 units selling in 2008. Yamaha only had an 8% take in that overall market number last year with just one model (the FZ6), and it hopes to make a bigger splash with the addition of the friendlier FZ6R in 2009. If you’re considering the R6 but don’t need the power or want the price, consider taking home the FZ6R. Efficiency runs deeper than just through your wallet. When compared to FZ6, the 6R gets 8% better fuel economy thanks in part to its 4mm smaller throttle bodies and milder state of tune, plus the narrower 160mm rear tire compared to the 180 on the FZ6 Yamaha Motorcycle.

A freshly engineered clutch (inner push type versus outer pull) and new crankcase castings are also part of the FZ6R. Despite being 8 lbs heavier (11 pounds in Cali), the FZ6R is said to get 43 mpg versus the 40 mpg of the FZ6. The rigidly mounted engine (a stressed member) is hung from a diamond-steel frame and suspended by a non-adjustable 41mm conventional Soqi fork and an easily accessible 7-step preload-adjustable-only Soqi monoshock rear. To keep newbies comfortable and safe, the 6R’s rake is lazy 26.0 degrees, 1.0 shallower than the FZ6, while trail is slightly increased to 104mm. The tubular handlebar is set up to facilitate a tight turning radius.

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