The Yamaha YZF 600R (known as the Thundercat in some European markets) is a 600cc sportbike. Although the engine displacement is the same, it is not as powerful as its sister, the YZF-R6. The 600R is considered a good first sport bike for an experienced rider, but not for someone with no experience at all.
With its 4 cylinders and 100 BHP the Thundercat is a comfortable and road minded supersport bike. The model kept almost unchanged from 1996 to 2003.
|Production||2000 - 2007|
Liquid-cooled, 4-valve,DOHC, in-line four-cylinder
|Bore / Stroke||61.0mm x 61.0mm|
|Torque||47.94 ft/lbs (65.0 Nm) @ 9500RPM|
|Transmission||Gear box: Gears
Final Drive: O-ring chain
|Suspension||Front: 41mm telescopic fork w/adj. preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.1 in. travel
Rear: Single shock adjustable link monocross
|Brakes||Front: Dual 298mm discs
Rear: 245mm disc
|Front Tire||120/60 ZR17|
|Rear Tire||160/60 ZR17|
|Wheelbase||55.71 inches (1415 mm)|
|Length||81.1 inches (2060 mm)|
|Width||28.5 inches (724 mm)|
|Seat Height||31.69 inches (805 mm)|
|Weight||186.0 kg (wet)|
|Fuel Capacity||1.32 Gallon (5.00 Liters)|
The bike has a Gears transmission. Power was moderated via the Wet multi-disc, manual.
It came with a 120/60 ZR17 front tire and a 160/60 ZR17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Dual 298mm discs in the front and a 245mm disc in the rear. The front suspension was a 41mm telescopic fork w/adj. preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.1 in. travel while the rear was equipped with a Single shock adjustable link monocross. The YZF-600R was fitted with a 1.32 Gallon (5.00 Liters) fuel tank. The wheelbase was 55.71 inches (1415 mm) long.
2000 Yamaha YZF-600R
A different breed of supersport machine, but a bike for the thrill-seekers nevertheless, the 1999 YZF-600R is a more street-oriented version of the acclaimed R6. Almost identical to the R6, it is easily recognizable by the different livery and the one-piece, two-up seat.
The YZF-600R provides better rider ergonomics which make it a better choice for guys looking for a sport-natured commuter or who are even considering longer hauls. Add in a luggage system, and the YZF-600R can become a sport-touring bike, as well.
2003 Yamaha YZF-600R
A more streetable version of the R6, the 2002 YZF-600R Thundercat is easy to distinguish from its sibling by the one-piece two-up seat. A sport bike which offers much more comfort to the occupants and especially to the passenger, the 600R is a more "civilized" version of Yamaha's top-performance machines, but is no slacker.
With the same new Deltabox frame and fully adjustable suspensions, the 2002 YZF-600R delivers sharp handling and plenty of speed and power to lose your motorcycle license in case you're not calming your horsies.
2004 Yamaha YZF-600R
The 2003 Thundercat carries on the amazing blend of sport-natured behavior and comfort. A street-oriented version of the R6 supersport beast, the 600R is easy to tell by its one-piece two-up seat and less edgy design. With enhanced ergonomics which beat both the R1's and the R6's, the 2003 Yamaha YZF-600R is a great choice for a sporty commuter and even for longer hauls.
With an optional luggage system and thanks to its responsive suspensions and taller windscreen, the 2003 Yamaha YZF-600R can really become a sport-touring machine you'll enjoy. And so will your passenger.
2005 Yamaha YZF-600R
Even though it is not a supersport, racing machine, the 2004 YZF-600R can be equally mean carving the canyons and causing an adrenaline rush in your brain. With the 6-speed transmission tuned for low- and mid-range power and a one-piece two-up seat, this bike spells enhanced ergonomics and increased daily usability.
A sporty bike for real-world everyday rides, the 2004 YZF-600R shares many engine features with the R6, including the ram-air intake and race-derived pistons. Add in the adjustable suspensions, a generous fuel tank for extended range, light cast wheels and an updated riding position complement the performance specs of the YZF-600R.
2006 Yamaha YZF-600R
The YZF-600R is a great choice for those who like the zero-compromise performance of the R6, but would rather they had some extra comfort on two wheels. This bike is a derivative of the supersport machine, but tailored for a more linear response and offering a revised riding position for improved in-saddle all-day comfort.
A nifty sporty all-rounder, the 2005 YZF-600R is also tailored to a lower rpm point for the peak torque and power, given the more urban usage and everyday riding in slower traffic. Equipped with a much more comfortable two-up seat, the 2005 YZF-600R can also become your fav machine for overnight trips, with some accessory luggage system.
2007 Yamaha YZF-600R
One can easily tell the 600R from its track-focused brothers in an instant, even from afar. Even though the new 600R might look like an older R6, its one-piece two-up seat is the best indicator as of the nature of the bike. Created as slightly more tamed version of the R6, suitable for daily rides to work and around the city, the 2007 MY Yamaha 600R id dedicated to those in search of a sporty middleweight machine with better comfort and enhanced useability day in, day out.
Powerful enough to be listed as a bike "not intended for novice or inexperienced riders", the YZF-600R is still more than capable to put a big smile on anyone's face, as it will keep up with the more powerful similar machines around the bend.