Yamaha YZF600R

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Yamaha YZF600R
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Stock Yamaha 2001 Yzf600r Thundercat
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company
Also calledThundercat
Predecessor FZR600
Successor Yamaha R6
Class Sport bike
Engine 599 cc (36.6 cu in), liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16 valve, inline four
4×36 mm Keihin CV downdraft carburetors
Bore / stroke 62 mm × 49.6 mm (2.44 in × 1.95 in)
Power 100.6 hp (75.0 kW) @ 11,500 rpm [1] [ better source needed ]
Torque 48.4 lbf⋅ft (65.6 N⋅m) @ 9,500 rpm [2] [ better source needed ]
Transmission 6-speed sequential manual
Frame type Deltabox
Suspension Adjustable preload, compression, rebound
Front: 41 mm telescopic fork 130 mm (5.1 in) travel
Rear: Monoshock w/remote reservoir 120 mm (4.7 in) travel
Brakes Front 2×D298 mm floating discs 4-piston calipers
Rear:245 mm disc
Rake, trail 25.0°, 97 mm (3.82 in)
Wheelbase 1,410 mm (55.7 in)
DimensionsL: 2,060 mm (81.1 in)
W: 725 mm (28.54 in)
Seat height810 mm (31.7 in)
Fuel capacity19 L (4.2 imp gal; 5.0 US gal)
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The Yamaha YZF600R (Thundercat in European markets) is a 599 cc (36.6 cu in) sports bike made by Yamaha from 1996 to 2007.


The YZF600R Thundercat was introduced to Europe in 1996 as a replacement to the FZR600R. During the 1997 European 600 super sport championship season, the YZF600R Thundercat was the only four-cylinder motorcycle to win a race against the dominant Ducati 748. [3]

It retained major mechanical components such as the engine, transmission, suspension components, [3] and steel Deltabox frame.

In 1998 Sport Rider magazine said the YZF600R is "More fun on the racetrack than we ever dreamed, brakes that embarrassed the rest of the field. Consensus: Best middleweight street bike on the planet." [4] [ page needed ]

Motor Cycle News describes the YZF600R as more suited to sport touring than aggressive sport or road racing., [5] while the fully adjustable Kayaba suspension and Sumitomo mono-block brakes, later used on the R1, R6 and other models, also make it a good choice for track racing.[ contradictory ] [6]

Yamaha sold the YZF600R Thundercat in Europe from 1996 through 2003, an in the United States and Canada lasted through 2008, with little more than periodic aesthetic changes after 1997 when exhaust system and wire loom were updated. [7]

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