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Yamaha FZ6..."R"

New for 2009 Yamaha has a new entry-level sportbike - the FZ6R. It's a bike that looks very sporty but has a toned down engine so that you don't have the intense performance of a 600 sportbike, or the big price tag they usually come with either.

Yamaha tells it like it is on their website, in Yamaha's own words,

"Somewhere between cruisers and supersport bikes exists a genre simply known as "sports" bikes.

The new FZ6R fits perfectly into the less intense sport bike world with its easy to control engine, light weight and low seat height. A slim compact chassis and low seat height complement the fuel injected engine and its very linear throttle control. No lap records here, just a bike that inspires rider confidence and is a blast to ride."

So if you're looking for a sporty bike you can have some fun then this might be just the bike for you. The MSRP is $8,299, which seems a pretty decent bargain considering the FZ6 is $1,000 more ($9,299).

What do you get for $8,299? You'll get a steel frame, budget suspension, and a 212 kg (466 lb) wet weight, 17-inch wheels, a 1,440 mm (56.7 in) wheelbase, 6-speed gearbox, and 44 lb-ft of torque at 8,500 rpm.

The bore-stroke ratio of 65.5 x 44.5 mm, similar to the FZ6, provides fewer max horsepower but gives more midrange when compared to the wider-shorter R6 bore and stroke.

So, if you want some sporty looks but comfortable ergonomics and don't have a huge bankroll the FZ6R, this might just be your next bike.

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