Yamaha have released the first official pics and specs of their ‘it looks sporty but isn’t really a sportsbike,’ the 2013 FZ6R. The bike gets a new paintjob but remains unchanged mechanically. It’s still powered by a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16-valve, 600cc inline-four and performance is adequate – if not terribly exciting – in the real world.
Unlike an R6, which will probably kill you in town with its racebike-ergonomics and peaky power delivery, the FZ6R has much more relaxed ergonomics, a more upright seating position, height-adjustable seat and adjustable handlebars – all of which probably make it more suitable for everyday riding than, say, an MV Agusta F3 or Triumph 675 Daytona.
Sure, nobody will crash into the nearest tree or trip over a kerb staring at a Yamaha FZ6R, but this is one commuter bike that looks sporty and offers reasonable real-world performance. Maybe we’ll get one when we’re older…? (Actually, we probably won’t. We’d probably still either be riding a Panigale, S1000RR or RSV4 Factory, or still be dreaming of those machines…)