Sad news from Yamaha: 21 years after its launch, the beloved YZF-R6 is discontinued. 2020 will mark the last in the history of the legendary R6. But let this news not be very upsetting: at the same time, news appeared that current and modern models such as the V-Star 250, Bolt R-Spec, XSR700 and XSR900, Super Ténéré ES, FJR1300ES, Star Venture, and XMAX continue to be produced for the 2021 model year.
The shocking news that the Yamaha YZF-R6’s life cycle is coming to an end does not come as a surprise to those who follow the current state of the motorcycle industry. In addition to the tough Euro 5 economies that have significantly influenced the models of recent years, the segment of sportbikes, especially the 600cc ones, is experiencing a rather impressive decline in sales. This is probably why the Yamaha management did not consider it necessary to modify and upgrade the R6, which meets the Euro 4 econo- mies, to the current and significantly more stringent requirements.
This move is not new, and for example Honda has already gone through this, discontinuing its CBR600RR 3 years ago, mainly due to environmental concerns. True, the remnants of that model are still sold as new bikes, and Honda has released a small update to the CBR600RR for the Japanese and Australian markets, however, it has not been able to squeeze the new version into the narrow Euro 5 frames.
Since its inception in 1999, the YZF-R6 has been a serious track tool, taking first prize for the first time in the second race of the 1999 World Supersport season. Since then, the R6 has taken more wins and top prizes around the globe than can be counted, but should teams and riders be seriously upset about the discontinuation of this model?
Of course not. Regardless of the roadside release halt, Yamaha respects the model’s legacy, and the bike we know will continue to be produced under the Yamaha R6 Race name – a non-road, track-only version that can be bought new from a Yamaha dealer, at least in Europe. As for other markets, stocks of ordinary R6 will still be enough for some time, and then life will show. Interestingly, Yamaha does not specify whether the R6 Race will actually be the same civilian version of the R6 with its mirrors, lighting and number plate mounts, given that these things are not needed for the track.
But the options available for the R6, collected in one GYTR kit, which includes literally everything that the average racer puts on his road R6 for conversion into a track one, can pretty much sweeten the pill:
- Racing front fairing
- Akrapovic full exhaust
- Interface cable
- Inertial boost plug
- ABS emulator
- Tank cap
- Seat padding
- Reinforced brake lines
- Front brake lever protection
- Racing adjustable footrests with optional reverse gear kit
- Rear star guard (shark fin)
- Drive sprocket with 14 teeth for 520 chain
- Rear sprocket 45 teeth for 520 chain
- Set of nuts for sprockets for 520 chain
- DID 520 Gold Racing Chain
- Mount the stand
Other GYTR and Öhlins options are available for those who do not have enough of the supplied components.
VMAX and company
Another legendary model also disappears from the scene. The Yamaha VMAX, which appeared in 1985 under the name V-Max and underwent such a major update in 2009 that even its name began to be written in CAPITAL LETTERS, has also been produced for the last year.
A motorcycle that was hard to believe, with extremely pronounced and even slightly anime masculinity, incredible characteristics and equally incredible design mistakes, eye-catching since 1985 with its 1197cc four-cylinder V-engine (and even more recent 1679cc version ), became the talk of the town with his ability to pull out his hands with mighty acceleration. Having never had a turbine, the original V-Max was equipped with a device called the V-Boost, which simulates the detonation of a turbocharged engine by opening special valves at high speeds, sending an additional dose of air into the combustion chambers. An insane model with a staggered rear wheel, wild fuel consumption, low range, weak brakes and low lean angles, the Yamaha V-Max was a living proof of the ‘If it works, don’t touch’ concept that Yamaha has adhered to in many other models, updating them gently. not speaking every year. And it was on sale, from 1985 to 2008, essentially remaining the same motorcycle. The 2009 VMAX is clearly overdue, and despite careful modernization, it largely retained the luridness of the ’85 model, which was acceptable for a motorcycle of the last millennium, but few people were already interested in the new models of the current one. In many ways, the VMAX has become larger – in terms of the engine, the body kit, the dimensions, but it was already far from being sold so cheerfully. Therefore, alas, the end of the legend was not far off, and Yamaha decided not to modernize its ‘Flying Sledgehammer’, so that in recent years new bikes that did not meet not only Euro 5, but even Euro 4 were sold only in America. Determined to end this stagnation, Yamaha has discontinued the VMAX and the remainder is expected to be sold in 2021.
In addition, the WR250R and the SMAX city scooter will not be included in the coming year.
Excerpts from the Yamaha press release are provided below:
In addition to the already published full line of Yamaha MT hyper-nakeds, information has recently been released on Yamaha’s current 2021 on-road motorcycles. From urban everyday travel to long distance tourism, the Super Ténéré ES, FJR1300ES, Star Venture and the XMAX scooter continue their legendary road presence. In addition, the 2021 Sport Heritage range returns to the 2021 line-up, including the Bolt R-Spec, V Star 250, XSR700 and XSR900, combining classic design with modern technology features.
Yamaha V Star 250 2021
Yamaha V Star 250 2021
Light and nimble Yamaha V Star 250 2021 is the only V-Twin in its class of small-capacity cruisers. With a seat height of only 68.5 cm, the V Star 250 is the ideal choice for those looking for a compact, lightweight and fun motorcycle.
The 2021 Yamaha V Star 250 will be available in Raven colorways from December. Recommended retail price at the time of publication: unknown for the Russian Federation, $ 4500 for the United States.
Yamaha Bolt R-Spec 2021
Electronic fuel injection and transistor ignition make the 2021 Bolt R-Spec models superior in their class. The compact, stable chassis and unique character make the 2021 Bolt R-Spec the perfect example of an urban mid-range cruiser.
The Yamaha Bolt R-Spec will be available in Raven colors from December. Recommended retail price for this model at the time of publication: unknown for the Russian Federation, $ 8500 for the United States.
Yamaha XSR700 and XSR900 2021
Neo-retro styling and advanced Yamaha XSR700 and XSR900 technologies make these 2021 models timeless classics. The compact two-cylinder engine gives the XSR700 unique performance amid its unique styling. The XSR900 combines state-of-the-art engineering, a gorgeous three-cylinder engine and advanced electronics, with a retro-styled body kit that gives off a pleasant nostalgic feel.
Both models will be available in Radical White / Rapid Red from December. The recommended retail price for the XSR700 is at the time of publication: unknown for the Russian Federation, $ 8,500 for the US, and for the XSR900 at the time of publication: unknown for the Russian Federation, $ 9,500 for the US.
Yamaha Super Ténéré ES 2021
Yamaha Super Ténéré ES 2021
Rugged, reliable and designed for unrivaled comfort on long journeys, the Yamaha Super Ténéré ES 2021 is built to explore everything off the tarmac. Its extremely compact 1,199 cc engine and electronically controlled suspensions are designed for comfortable city driving as well as for crossing countries and continents.
The 2021 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES will be available in Matte Raven Black from December. Recommended retail price for this model at the time of publication: unknown for the Russian Federation, $ 16300 for the United States.
Yamaha FJR1300ES 2021
Yamaha FJR1300ES 2021 symbolizes “sport” in the class of sports tourists. The 1298cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine delivers superior linear power and traction for unrivaled, powerful acceleration at all revs.
The 2021 Yamaha FJR1300ES will be available in Liquid Graphite from January 2021. Recommended retail price for this model at the time of publication: unknown for the Russian Federation, $ 18,000 for the United States.
Yamaha Star Venture 2021
2021 Yamaha Star Venture Top Transcontinental Touring Bike is equipped with a high-torque two-cylinder V-shaped engine with a working volume of 1854 cubic centimeters. Combining unsurpassed comfort and advanced technology, Star Venture is equipped with GPS navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, additional speakers and Yamaha’s exclusive Dual Zone audio system, as well as OEM fog lights, luggage system and alarms.
The 2021 Yamaha Star Venture will be available in Intensity White and Impact Blue from December. Recommended retail price for this model at the time of publication: unknown for the Russian Federation, $ 27,000 for the United States.
Yamaha XMAX 2021
Yamaha XMAX – the ultimate sports scooter with an economical and powerful engine, convenient, technological and practical.
The Yamaha XMAX will be available in Matte Midnight Blue from April 2021. Recommended retail price for this model at the time of publication: unknown for the Russian Federation, $ 5700 for the US.