2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 First Look

September 8, 2009
Steve Atlas
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2010 Yamaha YZF-R6
2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 gets the BNG (Bold New Graphics) treatment as well as a few other minor changes.

In response to the Yamaha YZF-R6’s loss in power for 2009 due to changing emissions regulations, the boys in blue have tuned the 2010 model to try and get that power back. To achieve this, Yamaha “optimized the intake funnels and airbox”, while the diameter of the exhaust pipe is changed and the muffler is 100mm longer. Mated to this is a revised ECU. All is said to give improved performance in the low- to mid-range while maintaining its current high rpm performance.

This is capped with the customary BNG (Bold New Graphics) treatment, as the R6 is now available in an all-new Pearl White scheme as well as updated Team Yamaha Blue/White and a slightly changed Raven Black scheme. Retail price is $10,490 for all colors and it will be available in dealers come January.


Courtesy of Yamaha…

Light, powerful and bristling with knowledge gained from years of racing, the YZF-R6 is the most advanced production 600cc motorcycle Yamaha – or anybody else – has ever built. The 2009 AMA Daytona 200 Champion and this year’s best selling supersport, it is no surprise that the YZF-R6 is back for 2010, ready to tackle the track and the street.
2010 Yamaha YZF-R6
Yamaha took on performance in with the 2010 R6 by increasing the diameter of the exhaust pipe and making it 100mm longer. Mated to this is a revised ECU. All is said to give improved performance in the low- to mid-range while maintaining its current high rpm performance.

Yamaha’s MotoGP technology made its way to the YZF-R6, including YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle), an advanced fly-by-wire throttle system that translates wrist commands into seamless, smooth power delivery. New for 2010, the R6 gets a remapped Engine Control Unit and a new 100 mm longer muffler for increased performance. YCC-I (Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake) is a variable intake-length system that broadens the powerband and reinforces the R6’s amazing high-rev hit. The R6’s ramp-type slipper clutch greatly reduces engine braking for smoother high-speed corner entries.

In the YZF-R6s chassis department, you’ll find a magnesium sub frame, titanium exhaust, and Controlled-Fill die-cast aluminum chassis parts. All this adds up to a bike that snaps into corners, clings to inside lines, and shoots itself down the next straight.

The 2010 YZF-R6 will be available in dealerships nationwide beginning January 2010 with a starting MSRP of $10,490. The YZF-R6 will be available in Raven, Pearl White and Team Yamaha Blue/White.

Full information on all Yamaha models can be found at www.yamaha-motor.com

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