Yamaha Motor Corp. USA revealed five new sportbikes on September 1. The bikes join several other new units revealed at the company's dealer meeting, held in June.
Expected to return to dealer showrooms in the coming year are the heavily refined YZF-R1, FZ1 and YZF-R6, as well as the updated FJR1300 and FZ6.
Available in Team Yamaha Blue/White, Raven or 50th Anniversary Yellow/Black, the 2006 R1 has a modified frame, longer swingarm and revised 43mm fully-adjustable inverted front fork that Yamaha says sharpens handling, traction and responsiveness. Plus, Yamaha says a revised cylinder head unleashes an additional three horsepower.
Yamaha says the FZ1 has been recreated for 2006, returning to the line-up with its R1 engine in an all-new, aluminum frame that's linked to a longer swingarm. The FZ1 also will come with a 43mm inverted fork (w/left-leg compression damping adjustment, right-leg rebound adjustment). Colors offered include Shift Red and Silver.
Available in Team Yamaha Blue/White, Raven, and 50th Anniversary Yellow/Black, the new R6 features an all-new four-cylinder engine, a MotoGP-derived “straight frame” chassis, and a titanium MotoGP-style exhaust.
The manufacturer says the 2006 FJR1300 has been refined for greater rider and passenger comfort. A new airflow management with improved heat shielding works to keep both the rider and the bike cooler and more comfortable, while adjustable seat, handlebars, windscreen and middle fairing provide increased ergonomic compatibility for a broad range of rider size.
Also new to the FJR1300: bodywork providing a sleeker overall profile; new lights, mirrors and instrumentation with integrated gear indicator; a new, standard ABS system provides unified braking; and a new fuel-injection system.
The FZ6, available in Blue and Shift Red, receives a blacked-out frame and engine for 2006.
Yamaha says prices and further specifications are to be announced September 28.
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