2010 Yamaha YZF-R6: More Mid-Range Power

09/09/2009 @ 6:36 am, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS


For 2010, Yamaha has made some minor tweaks to the YZF-R6 that help bolster its midrange performance. By adding a 100mm longer exhaust pipe, remapping the the R6’s ECU, tweaking the variable length intake stacks, and revising the airbox, Yamaha has allegedly found more grunt down low, although the company hasn’t released exactly how much grunt they found with these improvement.

Continue reading to see the rest of the changes to the R6 for 2010, but to warn you in advance, you won’t see a cross-plane crankshaft listed after the jump.

Yamaha has also quietly reduced the R6’s fuel capacity from 4.6 gallons to 4.5 gallons, and some how added 3lbs to the bikes wet weight, which suggest more changes can be found under the hood of the motorcycle.

Like the R1, the R6 is also getting a price increase for the relatively minor changes. The 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 will retail with a MSRP of $10,490 for all colors, up from last year’s range of $9,900-$10,090. The Pearl Orange paint scheme is also no longer available.

Technical Specification of the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6:

Type599cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 16 titanium valves
Bore x Stroke67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio13.1:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final DriveChain
Suspension/Front41mm inverted fork; 4-way adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Suspension/RearSingle shock; 4-way adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Brakes/FrontDual 310mm floating disc; radial-mount 4-piston calipers
Brakes/Rear220mm disc; single-piston caliper
Length80.3 in
Width27.6 in
Height43.3 in
Seat Height33.5 in
Wheelbase54.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle)24°
Trail3.8 in
Oil Capacity (with oil filter change)3.6 qt
Fuel Capacity4.5 gal
Fuel Economy**40 mpg
Wet Weight417 lb
Main JetNot Applicable
Main Air JetNot Applicable
Jet NeedleNot Applicable
Needle JetNot Applicable
Pilot Air Jet 1Not Applicable
Pilot OutletNot Applicable
Pilot JetNot Applicable
Primary Reduction Ratio85/41 (2.073)
Secondary Reduction Ratio45/16 (2.813)
Gear Ratio – 1st Gear31/12 (2.583)
Gear Ratio – 2nd Gear32/16 (2.000)
Gear Ratio – 3rd Gear30/18 (1.667)
Gear Ratio – 4th Gear26/18 (1.444)
Gear Ratio – 5th Gear27/21 (1.286)
Gear Ratio – 6th Gear23/20 (1.150)
Warranty1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Source: Yamaha