A Look At The 2013 Yamaha Super Sport Models

Yamaha has a long tradition of winning race bikes and they’ve used that experience and knowledge in their street ready Super Sport lineup.  For 2013 Yamaha has six motorcycles in the category.

FJR1300A

Combining sporty performance with touring comfort and convenience, the 2013 FJR1300A is Yamaha’s sole entry in the super sport touring class.  Yamaha has included so many upgrades that the 2013 model is practically a brand new motorcycle.  Styling updates include a total redesign of both the upper and lower cowl.  The lower cowl sports a new shape and adjustable panel to provide increased wind and weather protection.  The panel can be adjusted without the use of tools.

2013 Yamaha FJR1300A

Updates were also made to the electronically adjustable windscreen.  Adjustment speed is twice as fast and the windscreen holds its position when the key is turned off.  Behind the windscreen the dash and instrument panel are totally new.  A three part arrangement has an analog tachometer on the left, digital readouts for speedometer, clock, gear position, fuel gauge and more in the center and indicator and warning lights on the right.  The rider can switch between functions that are displayed.

“Two-eyed” headlights and daytime LED running lights include easy to access adjustment knobs so the lights can be adjusted up or down.  New LED front turn signals are built into the body of the under cowl.  Handlebars and rider seat are both adjustable, there are three positions for the handlebars and two for the seat.  The seat, a two-piece model, also has a new suede look and features different foam densities in the front and rear sections to increase comfort on long rides.

Not all of the upgrades on the 2013 FJR1300A are simply for style.  Cruise control comes standard, and can be adjusted with a single push of the switch.  To increase or decrease speed in larger increments the rider simply holds down on the switch.  Applying the brakes, clutch or throttle disengages the cruise control.  The resume button re-engages it at the most recent setting.

Unified anti-lock brakes are also standard on the 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A.  Pressing the front brake lever also applies pressure to the rear brake.  When applying the rear brakes first both act independently.  A new D-Mode system gives the rider a choice between engine performance modes, T-Mode is suitable for touring while S-Mode provides more sporty performance.  Traction control, another standard feature, can be turned off or on.  When on, the system monitors wheel spin and adjusts ignition timing, fuel injection volume and throttle opening to maintain traction.

For even more comfort Yamaha includes heated grips and a central vent beneath the instrument panel.  The vent aids in cooling and reduces negative pressure to reduce buffeting.  There’s an integrated grab handle at the rear of the frame to make lifting the FJR1300A easier to lift onto its centerstand.  Inside the glove box there’s a 12 volt outlet to power electric accessories.

A fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16 valve, inline four-cylinder 1,298 cc engine with a compression ratio of 10.8:1 powers the FJR1300A.  There’s a five-speed transmission and shaft final drive.  Suspension on the FJR1300A is adjustable.  The 48 mm front fork is fully adjustable and provides 5.3 inches of travel.  The single rear shock is adjustable for preload and rebound damping and has 4.9 inches of travel.

The unified, anti-lock brakes use dual 320 mm discs in the front and a single 282 mm disc in the rear.  Rider seat height is adjustable to a low 31.7 inches, or for taller riders, 32.5 inches.  Wheelbase is 60.8 inches and ground clearance is 5.1 inches.  Fuel capacity is 6.6 gallons.  Fuel economy figures are not yet available.

Yamaha backs the FJR1300A with their one-year limited factory warranty.  Stone Gray is the sole color choice.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A is $15,890.  The FJR1300A is due in dealerships in October 2012.

YZF-R1

Yamaha calls the YZF-R1 “the most advanced Open Class sportbike on the planet.”  At first look, that may seem like hyperbole.  But the YZF-R1 is coming off of back-to-back Superbike Championships.  It’s also the the first production bike to employ a crossplane crankshaft that delivers plenty of smooth power and torque.

2013 Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha gives YZF-R1 riders a combination of 21 choices to tailor their ride, with the seven positions of the traction control system and three D-Mode positions.  Footrests on the bike are also adjustable, with 15 mm of height and 3 mm of front-to-rear adjustment available to give every rider a custom fit.

The YZF-R1 has a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16 valve inline four-cylinder engine with a compression rate of 12.7:1.  The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive.  Dual 310 mm discs with radial-mounted 6-piston calipers in front and a single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper in the rear handle braking duties.

Inspired by Yamaha’s MotoGP M1, the adjustable 43 mm, inverted front forks confine compression damping duties to the left fork and rebound damping to the right.  Both high and low speed compression damping are featured on the single rear shock which has preload adjustment.  Both front and rear suspension provide 4.7 inches of travel.

Seat height is 32.9 inches and wheelbase is 55.7 inches.  Wet weight is 454 pounds with a 4.8 gallon fuel capacity and reported 33 mpg.  That’s good for a range of a little over 150 miles between fill ups.

2013 Yamaha YZF-R1 Gauges

Yamaha’s standard one year limited factory warranty applies to the YZF-R1.  Three color options are available; Rapid Red and Raven, Matte Gray or Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R1 is $14,290.  Selection of the Yamaha Blue and White color takes that to $14,490.  The YZF-R1 should be in dealerships now.

YZF-R6

Light, powerful and full of the latest technology inspired by Yamaha’s years of racing, the YZF-R6 is the most advanced production 600 cc class super sportbike Yamaha has ever built.  It was the first production bike with Yamaha’s YCC-T, Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle system.

2013 Yamaha YZF-R6

Powering the YZF-R6 is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16 valve inline four-cylinder engine with an amazing 13.1:1 compression ratio.  It has a six-speed transmission and chain final drive.  Up front there are dual 310 mm floating discs with radial-mount four-piston calipers.  The rear brake is a single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper.

With four-way adjustment, the 41 mm inverted front fork has 4.5 inches of travel.  The single rear shock, also with four-way adjustment, provides 4.7 inches of travel.  Seat height is 33.5 inches with a wheelbase of 54.1 inches.  Wet weight is 417 pounds.  The  YZF-R6 weighs in at 417 pounds ready to ride.  It’ll hold 4.5 gallons of fuel and gets a reported 40 mpg for a range of 180 miles.

Yamaha gives the YZF-R6 its standard one year limited factory warranty.  Color options are Rapid Red and Pearl White, Matte Gray or Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 is $10,990.  The Team Yamaha Blue and White color option takes that $11,190.  It should hitting dealers’ floors in October 2012.

FZ1

So much of the FZ1 was inspired by the R1, the fuel injection system, twin spar aluminum frame and adjustable suspension, that Yamaha says, “think of it as an upright R1.”  The FZ1 oozes street brawler attitude.

2013 Yamaha FZ1

Sporting a compact design, the engine is a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 20 valve inline four-cylinder with a compression ratio of 11.5:1.  The FZ1 has a six-speed transmission with chain final drive.  Brakes in the front are dual 320 mm floating discs with four-piston calipers.  In the back there’s a single 245 mm disc with single-piston caliper.

The fully adjustable 43mm front fork provides 5.1 inches of travel and the single rear shock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping, has 5.1 inches of travel.  Seat height is 32.1 inches, ground clearance is 5.3 inches and the wheelbase is 57.5 inches.  Ready to ride the FZ1 weighs 487 pounds.  Fuel capacity is 4.8 gallons and claimed fuel economy is 35 mpg for a between-fill-up range of just under 170 miles.

There’s a one year limited factory warranty on the FZ1.  Cobalt Blue is the lone color option.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha FZ1 is $10,790.  The bikes should start showing up in showrooms in October 2012, except for in California, which should get their’s beginning in November.

FZ8

A muscle bike with naked styling, the FZ8 got a number of upgrades for 2013.  A redesigned muffler with a new shape adds to the attitude of the bike.  The suspension system was also updated, with adjustable rebound damping now on the rear shock and adjustable rebound and compression damping on the front forks.  New material with dual-texturing was added to the seat for enhanced comfort and looks.

2013 Yamaha FZ8

The FZ8 has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16 valve 779 cc inline four-cylinder engine with a 12.0:1 compression ratio.  The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive.  Front brakes are dual 310 mm hydraulic discs and in the rear there’s a single 267 mm disc.

Suspension, via the telescopic front fork and single rear shock, provides 5.1 inches of travel front and rear.  Seat height is 32.1 inches, ground clearance is 5.5 inches and wheelbase is a compact 57.5 inches.  Wet weight is 467 pounds with a fuel capacity of 4.5 gallons and reported 39 mpg.  Range on the FZ8 is right at 175 miles.

Yamaha gives the FZ8 the standard one year limited factory warranty.  One two-tone color scheme is available, Matte Gray and Matte Black.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha FZ8 is $8,890.  It’ll be available beginning in February 2013.

FZ6R

Billed as a starter sportsbike, the FZ6R has loads of features to inspire confidence in new riders, but provides enough power to keep veteran riders happy.  With a low and adjustable seat height, that’s narrow in the right places, make it easy to get both feet on the ground at a stop.  And the handlebars have 20 mm of adjustment to make it easy for riders of most sizes to get a comfortable grip.

2013 Yamaha FZ6R

There’s plenty of power to keep newbies riding this bike for years to come.  The liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16 valve inline four-cylinder engine has an impressive compression ratio of 12.2:1.  The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive.

Braking power is provided by a single 298 mm hydraulic front disc and a single 245 mm hydraulic rear disc.  The suspension, telescopic front for and single rear shock, provides 5.1 inches of travel front and rear.

Seat height is 30.9 inches, ground clearance is 5.5 inches and wheelbase is 56.7 inches.  Wet  weight is a manageable 470 pounds.  Fuel capacity is 4.6 gallons and the FZ6R gets a reported 43 mpg for a range of just under 200 miles.

Yamaha gives the FZ6R its one year limited factory warranty.  There are two color options, Pearl White and the two-tone Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha FZ6R is $7,790.  With the two-tone color option the MSRP goes to $7,890.  The FZ6R will be hitting dealerships during October 2012.

Learn More About Yamaha’s 2013 Super Sport Lineup

You can research the entire 2013 Yamaha lineup right here on PowerSportsTV.com, with head-to-head comparisons within the line or with comparable models from other manufacturers.  There’s even a dealer locater function.