The 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 remains mechanically unchanged but does get new paint schemes and… er, well, not much else really. It’s peaky and not very comfortable to ride in city traffic, but on the track, the R6’s 599cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16-valve (titanium valves, heh heh…) inline-four sings like a happy bird and propels the bike down straights and around corners with remarkable alacrity.
With its ride-by-wire throttle, fully adjustable suspension front and rear, twin 310mm brake discs at front with 4-piston calipers, 17-inch alloy wheels with 120/70 (front) and 180/55 (rear) ZR-rated rubber, MotoGP-style titanium exhaust muffler, magnesium valve and engine covers and built-in lap timer, the Yamaha R6 is for boy racers (and girl racers, we suppose?) who’re serious about being boy/girl racers.
“The YZF-R6 is the most advanced production 600cc motorcycle Yamaha – or anybody else – has ever built,” claim Yamaha and though we don’t know what MV Agusta and their F3 would have to say to that, we certainly wouldn’t dispute that claim. We’d just get the new 636cc Kawasaki ZX-6R and be done with it.