2004 Yamaha FZ6

2004 Yamaha FZ6
MSRP $6,599

The FZ6 presents itself as a bit of an irony. Not only does its screaming motor clash with its upright and “proper” riding position, its handling qualities are also a bit mismatched. And while it steers into a corner smartly, the FZ then doesn’t offer much feedback from the front end. And although wheel control is slightly better than the two other Japanese bikes (it, as does the 599, has a linkless rear suspension), the FZ rider has to deal with an abrupt transition when coming back into the throttle.

Engine TypeDOHC, inline 4-cylinder, 16 valves
Engine Displacement600cc
Bore Stroke65.5 x 44.5mm
Compression Ratio12.1:1
Fuel SystemFuel Injection, 36mm throttle bodies
IgnitionDigital TCI
Starting SystemElectric
Final DriveChain
Rake TrailNA
Seat Height31.5 in.
Wheelbase56.7 in.
Front Suspension43mm telescopic fork
Rear SuspensionSingle shock, adjustable preload
Front BrakeDual 298mm floating discs w/2-piston pin slide calipers
Rear Brake245mm disc w/single-piston caliper
Front Tire120/70-17
Rear Tire180/55-17
Fuel Capacity5.1 gal.
Dry Weight423 lbs.