The 2020 year brings in some more unfortunate news for two-wheeler community around the world. Yamaha has decided to discontinue the iconic YZF-R6 mid-weight supersport motorcycle in international markets across the globe.
The company has announced that the Yamaha R6 will not be updated to meet the Euro 5 emission standard, due to lack of its sales performance. Along with the R6, the company has also axed the VMAX, WR250R, and the SMAX models as well.
Yamaha YZF-R6 has found a permanent home at race tracks across the world. The company has announced that it will continue to sell the non-homologated version of the motorcycles called R6 RACE, which will be restricted only for track use.
The track-only 2021 Yamaha R6 will be available as a stock bike, targeting the track day riders, racing teams and privateers. Additionally, Yamaha is also offering a GYTR Stage 1 kit with a host of bolt-on accessories, that converts the stock R6 into a track-ready machine.
This includes a GYTR race cowl set, an Akrapovic full-system race exhaust, race-spec ECU set, a GYTR wire harness set, a GYTR ABS emulator, a GYTR seat cushion, Stainless steel brake line set for front and rear, front brake lever guard and a shark fin rear sprocket guard; among others.
Both the new Yamaha R6 Race and the GYTR conversion kit will be available from January 2021 onwards. In addition to the GYTR kit, The company is offering a range of GYTR and Öhlins parts for racing enthusiasts to personalize their R6 RACE even further.
The Yamaha R6 has been the go-to model for the company to introduce a host of new technology in the past. This includes the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) and, Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) systems, which made the motorcycle’s power delivery extremely precise.