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Yamaha’s legendary YZF-R6 is one of the most potent sportbikes on or off the racetrack, never mind that it’s a 600. Its high-revving inline-4 enjoys ride-by-wire throttle, variable-length velocity stacks and engineering measures to reduce internal friction—and that’s horsepower in your back pocket. A slipper clutch and close-ratio six-speed gearbox get that power to the ground efficiently. High-quality suspension is fully adjustable. It may be a hard-edged track-focused machine, but this Yamaha makes a great streetbike, too.

Price: $11,190
Engine type: dohc inline-4
Displacement: 599cc
Induction: EFI
Transmission speeds: 6
Final drive: chain
Front brake: dual disc
Rear brake: disc
Wheelbase: 54.1 in.
Seat height: 33.5 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Claimed met weight: 417 lb.

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