Yamaha R6 2017

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There was a time not so long ago when sportbike enthusiasts inked their calendar with an expectation of springtime bearing the fruit of an all-new middleweight supersport platform from one or more of the Japanese Big Four. Although the annual bumper crop of 600 class sportbikes has all but dried up, for 2017 the sky is Yamaha blue.

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Just as the draught ending watershed winter has transformed the Golden State green, in a sort of symbolic coincidence the first worldwide press ride of the new YZF-R6 took place at Thunderhill Raceway Park located in Northern California. Featuring a sprinkling of performance improvements and fresh styling, a day spent lapping the 15-turn, 3-mile track provided a good taste of the electronic, chassis, and aerodynamic treatment that have been applied to the fourth-generation R6.

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