Yamaha’s naked middleweight, the FZ6, has been around for a few years here in the U.S. With an R-6 derived powerplant, the bike has always had plenty of punch, but received some criticism for swingarm design (which, frankly looked “cheap” in prior years) and an outdated parts-bin brake system. Yamaha has addressed both of those items, and more, for 2007.
The 2007 FZ6 features new styling, with a revised front fairing and headlight shape. It is a more refined look with some body parts simply unpainted plastic in prior years now painted.
Yamaha did not ignore other aspects of the bike, and the 2007 FZ6 receives changes to its front end, with an entirely new braking system (derived from Yamaha’s sport bikes) in the form of monoblock, four-piston calipers. These new brakes ride on a significantly revised fork, which Yamaha claims is much smoother due to improved damping.
That old, ugly swingarm is gone — replaced by a new, multi-angle swingarm with a black finish (that matches the rest of the frame).
Topping off the changes is new instrumentation — the same as found on the FZ1.
The 2007 Yamaha FZ6 is priced at $6,849.00, and will be available in Team Yamaha Blue and Candy Red here in the U.S. from December, 2006. For additional details and specifications, visit Yamaha’s web site here.