2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 possibly teased

New teaser video hints at possible new 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 supersport.

2016 Yamaha YZF-R6
2016 Yamaha YZF-R6

New bike season is just around the corner (read INTERMOT and EICMA) and a number of teasers and leaks have surfaced online. The first that caught our attention was this, which possibly hints at a new 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6.

Though short, the video does let us sample the unmistakable sound of a rev-happy in-line four-cylinder powerplant. It also depicts a rider taking the new bike in question through its paces around a circuit, confirming its ‘sports’ nature.


The video doesn’t reveal much after, except the promise of more information on October 4, which is the press day for the upcoming 2016 edition of the bi-annual INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany.

If this really is a new generation Yamaha YZF-R6 supersport, it will place Yamaha at the head of this segment’s race as rivals Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki have yet to produce replacement for their respective rivals – read CBR600RR, Ninja ZX-6R and GSX-R 600.

If you’ve followed our recent reports, you’d know that the supersport front is presently bleak, especially for the Japanese players. Slowing sales and demands plus the arrival of strict Euro 4 emissions standards have led to the impending demise of a few like the Honda CBR600RR.

Real vs Fake

Nevertheless, we have high hopes on the new Yamaha YZF-R6 and we have several good reasons for it. For starters, much of what was incorporated in the flagship new YZF-R1 could trickle its way down into the new R6, albeit watered down slightly. Surely, it will have similar looks as well.

And, if the new 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 can emulate the same level of success as its bigger litre-class sibling, it could prompt Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki to finally re-energise their rival offerings to it too and start a new wave for the supersports category.

Interesting times are abound for the Japanese supersport segment, so stay tuned as we chart the progress and update you with it as soon as we can.

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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