New 2014 Yamaha Sportbikes Unveiled: R6, R1, FZ6R & FZ-09

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For 2014, the Yamaha R1, Yamaha R6 and Yamaha FZ6R are unchanged with the exception of some great new color schemes. Corporate blue, flashy red and subdued grey across all three bikes. Oh, and as a nice little surprise, the Yamaha FZ-09 is going to come in orange, too.

2014 Yamaha R1

2014 Yamaha YZF-R1 red paint scheme

2014 Yamaha R1 blue paint scheme

2014 Yamaha R1 matte grey

New red and blue paint schemes, plus a nice, subtle matte grey with gold accents. Prices remain the same as 2013 at $14,290 for the grey version and $14,490 for blue and red.

2014 Yamaha R6

2014 Yamaha R6 blue paint

2014 Yamaha R6 grey

2014 Yamaha R6 red

Similar colors to the R1, just with 400 fewer CCs and sharper lines. $10,990 for the grey and red, $11,190 for the sexy blue version. Of note is that 2014 is the 7th model year for this generation of R6 without any major changes, yet it remains the arguable leader in the class. Supersport sales have dried up world wide, halting development in a class which once saw model updates every two years.

2014 Yamaha FZ6R

2014 Yamaha FZ6R red

With a new red color scheme designed to mimic that of the R6, the FZ6R remains a sporty all-rounder at a very competitive $6,850 price.

2014 Yamaha FZ-09

2014 Yamaha FZ-09 orange

Last but far from least, the awesome new three-cylinder FZ-09 will also come in this new orange color. We’re riding it in two weeks!

What do you think of the new 2014 Yamaha sportbikes? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Dan

    Does the total lack of updates make you think we’re in for totally radical, new bikes (3-cyl R1 or R6) next year? The optimist in me says yes, but as you pointed out, we’ve also seen “bold new graphics” for the better part of a decade.

    If they do go for sportriples, to me it seems like the R1 is a safer place to start. The R6 is the class leader from a racing perspective. That’s a brutal class, and they would definitely be punished for any teething problems with the new design. By contrast, the R1 isn’t at the front of the pack anyway, and seems like a better proving ground.

    • Stuki

      To make a competitive R1 triple, Yamaha would need allowance to make it > 1000cc. Say, an R11, R1.1 or something.

      They might be long in the tooth, but the R6 is still the best looking of the supersport bunch, to my eyes. The Daytona is close, but for displaying i my personal gallery of motosculpture, I’d still take the R6.

      That FZ-09 looks awesome. Kind of like a less gangly, more street’y Hypermotard. For street duty, they really should import the ABS version, though. Heck, then they’d get the wheel speed sensors for free, and would have little reason not to include traction control as well, and really put the hurt on the Street Triple for the same or less money; and the Hyper for a comparative pittance.

      • Piglet2010

        To fit into super-bike racing classes, an R1 triple would be 1124.something cc.

    • Corey Cook

      I’m almost willing to put money on the fact that the FZ-09 is carrying a stroked and de-tuned version of the new R-6 motor.

  • nataku83

    Are they dropping the price on the FZ6r? Yamaha’s website has it listed at 7790/7890 still. It would be a lot more appealing at 1000 less than the FZ09, rather than 100 less.

  • John

    Not a big Yamaha fan, but the FZ-09 has serious promise. Would be even more significant if it said “Tenere”. Like the orange color. Wish someone would bring back Laverda. A basic, overweight 660 Tenere though, in Mexico, is stupidly expensive – $10,000. Ummmm…..no.

  • victor victor bravo

    fz09 > monster

    • http://garrett-nelson.tumblr.com/ Garrett Nelson

      I’d think yes, technically for the price you’re getting a lot more bike compared to the monster, but nothing sounds as good as a big bore, 2-valve air cooled Ducati. The Monster will always have any other bike in it’s class beat when it comes to pure emotion. It’s the old story, the Ducati is the bike you buy with your heart, the Yamaha is the one you buy with your head. And I wasn’t specifically mentioning Ducati when I said Europe. From the spec sheet this is what I’d expect a company like BMW to make if they wanted to get into the naked 3 cylinder roadster segment. Probably with a belt drive though.

      • Toly

        Street Triple with Arrows sounds way better than a Monster (and handles better, too). And for the ultimate sound, it’s hard to beat Ducati 1198 :)

        • runnermatt

          Yeah, but the Street Triples’ headlights are Ugly! Just my opinion though, I’m sure there has got to be some people that like the way they look, I’ve just never heard anybody say as much.

          • Jeremy Chittenden

            This fz9′s lights look just as bad though, rather have a triumph

            • runnermatt

              From the profile the FZ-09′s head light is similar except for two two things. One is that it is a single unit rather than the two on the triumph. Two the FZ-09′s light doesn’t stick out so far as to appear to be floating in mid-air.

              • Jeremy Chittenden

                Two round ones are always better more so on a 1050

        • http://garrett-nelson.tumblr.com/ Garrett Nelson

          The 1198 does sound great. I just have a thing for that 2 valve sound. Especially when it’s bouncing off the pit wall of a front straight. But yeah the 1098/1198 sound amazing too!

  • Maverick Moto Media

    Oh boy! Bold New Graphics!
    We really like the FZ-09 though. We can’t wait to see it up close.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      literally counting down the days.

  • Corey Cook

    Sick graphix Bro.

  • John

    One of the things that the Japanese didn’t get, but Triumph did, is that it’s inefficient and expensive to put out dozen upon dozen of different models with different engines and parts, when you can create a few platforms and make the derivatives that are needed to fill the market at a competitive price. Honda caught on, even though their line is still littered with special purpose models that are almost 100% part exclusive. For instance, they have 20 different engines in the US alone (and probably at least 10 more world wide), and probably half of these serve only a single model. It’s pretty absurd, really. They would sell more if they do one platform well with several variants, than try to spin all these various flavors, as they will find out with the new 500s and 700s.

    • grb

      I really hope not everyone thinks like you do, even tho you are probably right, what a sad world it would be if they all had to limp forward. I foolishly wish that some manufacturers manage to stay strong and continue to develop full ground up designs, i wish

      • John

        Well, I don’t see it as a bad thing at all. Look at the ST1300. It may have sold some, but it wasn’t exactly getting any huge excitement going. Even worse, the VFR1200. Then there’s the Dullville. Most of the more exciting Honda models to come out over the past year or two are “MIRVs”. The Honda 500s and 700s. The new 250s. Electric vehicles are happening so fast that gasoline engines might be obsolete in 25 years. And engines are so GOOD these days, they’re probably as good as they’re going to get. And the weights of motorcycles have closed notably. For instance, you used to be able to buy a 750cc bike that weighed 600lbs, but now they weight closer to 400 lbs. So how can you make a 500 even relevant without creating a big price advantage? Further, if you can make a 750 triple for the same price and weight as a 500 I4, what’s the point of an I4? Look at the Dullville. It was $11,000 as I recall. The new Honda 700 is no doubt a better overal bike for $3000 less. The new 500 probably a better bike. WIth all the design capability that exists, a company can take the same platform, create 4 or 5 surprisingly different variants, drop the price substantially, and focus on more important differentiators. It’s highly doubtful that Honda made money on Shamu.

        IOW, I think it’s a FANTASTIC thing.

        • Theodore P Smart

          CBR125R is still the best selling Honda in Canada

        • Piglet2010

          I paid under $9K for my Dullsville, since the dealer wanted it out of inventory. Main reason the bike was so expensive was the relative weakness of the dollar compared to the Euro (the Dullsville is built by Montesa-Honda in Catalonia). Compared to the Dullsville, the NC700X lacks shaft drive, built in panniers, and adjustable windscreen, which further accounts for price difference. And the cruiser-like power-band of the NC700X lacks appeal.

          • John

            Well, having owned two HawkGTs, I’m not sure that the V2 engine has less of a cruiser bandwidth than the I2 700, since they really struggled on the highway, above about 70-75. My Ascot (paid $2000) had shaft drive, as did my $3500 Sabre, so it’s not like shaft drive adds more than a few $hundred to the cost, and well, the Dville should have probably sold for $8000-$8500 to make it a hot seller. I’d say, yes, lots of cool stuff, but it either needed a 1000cc engine or a major price reduction and I was shocked that they even tried to sell it here for $11K. I’d have been interested, but heck, you could buy a BMW 800 with belt drive and panniers for less.

            • Piglet2010

              While the Dullsville needs a 6th gear to be happy running above 75-mph for vibration and fuel consumption reasons, the engine pulls strongly all the way to red-line, and I have hit triple digit speeds when passing lines of cars. Despite weighing 80 pounds more and having about 5 less horsepower, it seems to be faster than my Bonnie at higher speeds, probably due to less aerodynamic drag.

    • di0genes

      That must be why Triumph builds and sells so many more bikes than Yamaha does… oh wait

      • John

        No, it’s because Yamaha is a much older company with a bigger dealer network, lots of $2000 models and tons of dirt bikes, while Triumph is a younger niche company that used a MIRV platform approach to catch up to the Japanese and produce interesting, exciting motorcycles. Most Yamaha sales are 125cc street bikes. And Yamaha sales dropped 13% last year, while Triumph just moved their production capacity to 250,000 bikes per year, from 50,000, with plans to bring it to 500,000 per year. The Speed Triple has sold 500,000 bilkes alone.

        • di0genes

          I suppose Yamaha with only 6 million motorcycle production is looking over their shoulder. Oh well they can always fall back on their piano business after Triumph takes over world wide motorcycle production.

          • John

            The average Triumph sale is almost certainly over $10K.

            Most of Yamaha’s 6 million sales are under $2000.

            Neither are going out of business any time soon, but who’s having to copy whom?

            • di0genes

              Yamaha had a triple before Bloor Triumph existed. The company that was Triumph before Bloor bought the name had a triple before that, and MV had a triple before them. Scott had a 3 cylinder 2 stroke in 1935. The new Triumphs more resemble the UJMs of the eighties than anything old Triumph made. Nearly all aspects of motorcycle design had been tried before 1920. the only thing that is truly new today are digital control of just about everything

              • John

                Right, but they got rid of them in the “more is better” mania. Triumph makes better, more fun/desirable/useful bikes and now Yamaha is the one playing catchup. From the MCN review, they have a way to go.

                • Piglet2010

                  But Triumph makes nothing comparable to the world class TW200. ;)

                • Stuki

                  Triumph makes bikes that are “more fun” to people so jaded by UJM fare, that they’re excited simply for the occasional change. Like journalists. For the masses, at least as judged even in markets well served by Triumph, the big guys are still the big guys. The R6 outsells the Daytona, and the R1 probably outsells both, even in “Triumphy” SF and LA. And then there are the Stars…….

                  Triumph did do extremely well positioning themselves halfway between Ducati/BMW on one side, and the Japanese on the other; both in terms of cylinder count and price. The SxxxxTriples (hmm, sexTriples :) ) are simply a better mousetrap for many mice than either a Monster, a naked Beemer or an FZ1/6/8. How they stack up to the 9 remains to bee seen, though. Don’t know how well the Tigers are doing following a similar strategy.

                • John

                  I think that the issue is that the Japanese used to make the kind of bikes that Triumph, BMW, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi now make. I used to be a huge Honda fan, might yet become one again, but I owned an Ascot V-twin shaft drive, a Sabre V-4 shaft drive and two HawkGT V-twin with a SSS, all of which were much more affordable than a European bike at the time, and much more advanced. That’s really not the case anymore. The Japanese bikes are just as expensive half the time, and a whole lot less interesting. At this point, about the only reason I can see to buy a Japanese bike is if it’s notably better priced. The Speed Triple is a very mature bike, yet is still a moving target. Not sure that Yamaha really has the chops to take it out at this point.

              • John

                Keep in mind that Triumph is growing, and Yamaha dropped 13% last year alone.

      • John

        And…oh, BTW, that’s why Yamaha is so original with its idea for a 3-cylinder naked bike with an engine that will also be used in multiple vehicles. Oh wait…..

    • Stuki

      That whole “common engine” approach can be taken too far, as well. Remember Buell……

      • John

        WEll, the trick is to not put the same CRAPPY engine in all your products……

  • Charles Quinn

    FZ/MT-09 is the first Yamaha I’ve got really excited about since the MT-01. And for once they’ve got the price right, too often a Yamaha failing.

    • Mr.Paynter

      Ditto

  • kpfaaland

    Still no ABS on the R1?

  • runnermatt

    I really like the Matte Grey/Black/Gold color scheme on the R1 and R6. The FZ-09 looks good, but if it going to have color it needs more than just a bright orange gas tank. Maybe make the little piece of bodywork under seat (the one that says FX-09) bright orange too; or maybe the rear subframe instead. Maybe the front fender too and that little piece at the bottom of the engine near the header too. To much orange would be a bad thing though, because well it usually is.

    Another alternative would be to take the main frame section and anodize it the same color as the forks. Maybe paint it Yamaha blue with a white tank and rear subframe.

    Just throwing out ideas. Two bikes that I currently consider the best looking are the Honda CB1100 and the Ducati Monster 696 with the 20th anniversary paint scheme (Gold frame, fork and exhaust with Red tank, front fender, and rear cowl.

  • 480272

    The whole rear light / number plate thing is a but too much. There a begging for the aftermarket kits. Good design from the start would avoid this or is it a legal requirement?

    • Youhaveitgoodintheus

      It’s legal requirement, at least here in europe. Plate must be well lit, turn signals must be some distance apart, etc.

      • 480272

        I understand that but it’s more the way they are dangling in mid air on a piece of scaffolding. I would think they could still be legal and incorporated into the body work.

  • Benjamin Reynolds

    The R6 is still the best looking middleweight. I just wish they would add ABS and traction control. Without it I’m going to have to keep it at #2 on my list just under the 636.

    I’d like to buy a FZ-09, but I’m going to hold off in hopes they add ABS.

  • ih8momjokes1 .

    say what you want, but the fz-09 is not THAT attractive… and the red on the r6 and r1 (especially r1) is very sexy indeed