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:

Type 599cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 16 titanium valves
Bore x Stroke 67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio 13.1:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension/Front 41mm inverted fork; 4-way adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock; 4-way adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Brakes/Front Dual 310mm floating disc; radial-mount 4-piston calipers
Brakes/Rear 220mm disc; single-piston caliper
Tires/Front 120/70-ZR17
Tires/Rear 180/55-ZR17
Length 80.3 in
Width 27.6 in
Height 43.3 in
Seat Height 33.5 in
Wheelbase 54.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24°
Trail 3.8 in
Oil Capacity (with oil filter change) 3.6 qt
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy** 40 mpg
Wet Weight 417 lb
Main Jet Not Applicable
Main Air Jet Not Applicable
Jet Needle Not Applicable
Needle Jet Not Applicable
Pilot Air Jet 1 Not Applicable
Pilot Outlet Not Applicable
Pilot Jet Not Applicable
Primary Reduction Ratio 85/41 (2.073)
Secondary Reduction Ratio 45/16 (2.813)
Gear Ratio – 1st Gear 31/12 (2.583)
Gear Ratio – 2nd Gear 32/16 (2.000)
Gear Ratio – 3rd Gear 30/18 (1.667)
Gear Ratio – 4th Gear 26/18 (1.444)
Gear Ratio – 5th Gear 27/21 (1.286)
Gear Ratio – 6th Gear 23/20 (1.150)
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Source: Yamaha