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Old 01-26-2017, 01:04 PM   #1
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YZF-600R - Yamaha got it right.

Let me preface this by stating that I've owned and or ridden all types of motorcycles, sans trial and larger 2-stroke dirt bikes.This includes 50's, to Hayabusa's to Harley Street Glides and Goldwings.


So the other day I was riding around on my YZF600r (2006 with 20k). I thought about how great the bike feels. Its nimble, plenty of power, and very comfortable compared to any current "sport" 600. Its extremely stable at high speeds and has plenty of grunt for around town use. I use this bike for everything from quick trips to the grocery store to 400-500 miles a day road trips. It's not "racey" looking and you can tell its older technology by looking at it, but it still looks great even by today's standards (IMO). Sure it doesn't have near the power or lightness of the newer bikes, but it does MOST things well, and its been doing those things well for over 20 years!

Left - 2000 (Although they looked the same since its 1994 inception.)
Right - 2006 (year and color scheme of mine)



From Cycle World Circa 2010 - http://www.cycleworld.com/2010/10/15...est-used-bikes

Years sold: 1994-2007

MSRP new: $7499 (1996)


Blue Book retail value: $2745 (’96 model)

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This 599cc inline-Four made 87.4 hp at 11,500 rpm, 44.7 ft.-lb. of torque at 9500 and weighed 453 pounds wet. Though that might seem like too much weight and too little power today’s 600-class standards, the YZF nevertheless clocked a very respectable quarter-mile time—11.33 seconds at 120.78 mph—and registered a measured top speed of 150 mph. Not at all shabby.

Why it won:
Yeah, it looks like a sportbike. That’s because it is one— good enough, in fact, to have won the 1996 AMA Supersport championship. But it’s also an exceptionally versatile motorcycle that’s comfortable enough, roomy enough and possesses a wide enough powerband to effectively handle most kinds of everyday riding. No wonder Yamaha kept it in the lineup for so many years, even long after the YZF-R6 became the company’s hot-rod 600cc repli-racer.

From the Ten Best Story:
“Other middleweights can get around a road course quicker. But back in the real world, where most 600 owners reside, the Yamaha YZF600R gets the job done no less effectively, and a lot more gracefully.”
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Old 01-26-2017, 02:07 PM   #2
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I enjoyed mine while I had it and would own another

plenty of power and comfy for long rides
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Solid bike, but at 2k mi a yr, you didn't have alot if seat time, kekeke

Vfr had 70+k, and i would say that's a better bike

Cross country, check
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Solid bike, but at 2k mi a yr, you didn't have alot if seat time, kekeke

Vfr had 70+k, and i would say that's a better bike

Cross country, check
Trackday, check
Commuting, check
Squid runs, check
Hill county rides, check
Got it April of 14 with 10k on the clock.

Plus I've split my seat time over 4 bikes.
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I've had 4, as the wife, so like 8

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Had a 98 yzf600r as my first motorcycle. Excellent bike. Bought it in college for $2800k, rode it for 3 years and sold it for $2600. I would recommend that bike to anyone.
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Weird that you post this and then this came up on my feed today...


Throwback Thursday: Our road test of the 1997 Yamaha YZF600R. At the time, we said it "threatens to be the best 600cc street bike Sport Rider has tested."

http://www.sportrider.com/sr-archive...src=SOC&dom=fb
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Weird that you post this and then this came up on my feed today...


Throwback Thursday: Our road test of the 1997 Yamaha YZF600R. At the time, we said it "threatens to be the best 600cc street bike Sport Rider has tested."

http://www.sportrider.com/sr-archive...src=SOC&dom=fb
Thanks for that. I was actually trying to post this 2 days ago but was too busy till today.
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I can tell you that it's barely broken in at 20K. I'm into my YZF600R at 80K to replace 2nd/6th gears, and am finding very little else needing replacement.

I also find it very easy to work on.



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Thought this was going to be a real world review of the new model with traction control.

But the old Honda F4i's were more better bikes from this category!
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Thought this was going to be a real world review of the new model with traction control.

But the old Honda F4i's were more better bikes from this category!
I agree the F4i was/is a fantastic bike, but it was only made from 01-06.

If you go back to when the YZF600R was produced you'd be looking at an F3, F4, and then F4i. Then still, the YZF600R outlasted the F4i by a year.

If you put the F4i vs the YZF (which I debated myself before I finally decided to go with a YZF), the F4i wins in every department other than comfort, something I was looking for. The F4i is lighter, FI'ed vs the YZF's CARBS, has more power, looks "newer" etc. , but I ended going with the YZF in the end based off of which would be better on longer trips and was more bullet proof. The F4i has electrical issues like any other Honda. (I've owned a 900rr and a 600rr)
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my 98 vfr has FI....so yeah, lol.
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I can tell you that it's barely broken in at 20K. I'm into my YZF600R at 80K to replace 2nd/6th gears, and am finding very little else needing replacement.

I also find it very easy to work on.



Why no write up thread on MH?
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the F4i wins in every department other than comfort, something I was looking for.
Older I get the more I'm leaning towards comfort. The Ape handicaps me to the couch for a day after a weekend ride.

Now I'm looking for a cough cough cough VFR cough cough cough.
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I'll post one while I put it all back together. Still waiting on a final box-o-parts, but I think I have enough to get started.
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I had a 1998. Fantastic all around bike with the rare exception of the transmission issue on some.

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I also believe that Yamaha got it right with the FZ1. Gen1 ran from 2001 through 2005; and Gen2 from 2006 up through about 2015.

My 2008 has been 100% reliable; is very comfortable; handles well; excellent engine power; does everything well. Not one problem in almost 40,000 miles. I have done 700 mile days with relative ease. I have been told.....that the bike is very stable at high speeds.....

I have found that there is a profoundly high satisfaction rating from all the folks on the two FZ1 forums as well.
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I think similarly of the FZ1. It's just bigger and more power than I needed(I was debating on it and the fz6 too before buying the 600r.), plus it didn't offer the wind protection of the 600r.
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I think similarly of the FZ1. It's just bigger and more power than I needed(I was debating on it and the fz6 too before buying the 600r.), plus it didn't offer the wind protection of the 600r.
This is my only complaint about the FZ1. I thought it'd be a little better at keeping the wind off.
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