The 2016 AIMExpo kicked off on Thursday from Orlando, Florida's Orange County Convention Center, featuring a day filled with introductions from many of the industry's most prominent brands and manufacturers, highlighted by both global and North American debuts. The doors opened to thousands of trade members who filled the show floor, getting a first-hand look at the latest products coming to the marketplace.
Before the doors officially opened to the exhibitor floor on Thursday morning, Yamaha hosted the official global debut of its brand new Yamaha YZF-R6 sport bike. This next-generation model of one of the brand's most successful models, with more than 150,000 sold in the U.S., integrates leading-edge design as well as MotoGP-inspired technological advances.
The R6 has long been at the forefront of extreme supersport design since its debut in 1999, capturing three World Supersport Championships over the last seven years along with 21 AMA Professional Road Racing titles the past 13 years. The 600cc machine is light, agile, and fast, and continues to be one of the most dynamic looking motorcycles in its class.
The 2017 YZF-R6 is the most aerodynamic motorcycle Yamaha has ever built and features considerable refinements to the brakes, suspension, and chassis. These changes are accompanied by a sophisticated electric control technology, including the brand's D-Mode system.
The bike is available in three different colors, with an MSRP starting at $12,199.
In addition to the R6, Yamaha also introduced the new FZ-09 naked sport bike. The 2017 model of the bike that blew the growing naked segment wide open features radical new styling and a wide array of performance updates, including adjustable traction control, fully adjustable front forks, anti-lock brakes, and design cues from its sibling, the FZ-10.
With its new specs, the FZ-09 boasts an exciting, torque, quick-revving character. Its Assist & Slipper Clutch combined with ABS brakes, caters to rider-centric control in a wide range of road conditions and individual riding styles.
The FZ-09 will be available in three colors, starting with an MSRP $8,999.
Rounding out a full slate of new bikes from Yamaha was the customized SCR950 "Checkered Scrambler," built by Brat Style as part of the brand's "Yard Built Projects." This bike falls under Yamaha's new line of Sport Heritage models, descending from the past with respect to Yamaha's iconic designs while continuing to push performance forward. The brand has dubbed this category "Faster Sons."
The "Checkered Scrambler" is the first custom build of the Yamaha SCR950, created by California resident and Japanese native Go Takamine of Brat Style, known for his influence on the custom motorcycle culture.