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Yamaha FZ6 First Impressions


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I purchased my very first Yamaha FZ6 motorcycle 3 weeks back. It is a brand new 2008. Since then, I've been able to do some riding and find out what this bike has got.

Some background. . . I've owned two Yamaha bikes prior to purchasing one. They were both Yamaha R6 sport bikes. These R6s were both FAST. . . VERY fast. And, wouldn't you know, I like to go fast. This issue was, though, that they were not at all comfortable for longer trips. You sit laying over the gas tank with hands and arms at an strange angle when holding onto the handlebars.

One of the criteria I set forth when contemplating a new motorcycle, and eventually the Yamaha FZ6, was comfort. The other was power and speed. What I encountered in the FZ6 was a much more straight up riding position (FAR more comfortable for both rider and passenger) and a spunky R6 motor.

One major distinction, other than the two points I mentioned above, is that the Yamaha FZ6 lacks fairings on the sides to cover the engine and components like the R6. I never really had a preference one way or another, but now that I own the bike, I becoming fond of the “naked" look.

So, how does the Yamaha FZ6 stack up to my criteria? Fabulously!!

The Yamaha FZ6 is everything I knew it could be. The upright riding style is far more tolerable for extended rides and, to me, makes the bike easier to maneuver. In the speed department, it's still breaking-in and I have not exceeded about 8,000 RPM. But even in this lower range, it's got definite torque and power. And from what I've heard, the bike is a rocket-ship above 8,000 RPM. I'll keep you updated after I start really seeing what it's got.

My only criticisms thus far are the design of the seat, and the wind screen. I don't particularly like the design of the seat. . . I'm accustomed to the R6 seat. This is entirely an aesthetic complaint and has little to do with actual comfort. The seat can be swapped, however, and there are myriad of after-market seats available that can give it some personality.

As for the windscreen, it doesn't deflect air as much air above the rider as it should. At reasonably high speeds, I'm sure this could present a problem. Looking around, I've come across the Puig racing windscreen that I've heard remedies the situation, to an extent. This will probably be one of the first additions I make to the new Yamaha FZ6.

Thanks for reading about my first impressions of the Yamaha FZ6 motorcycle.


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