Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat

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Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat II generation (1996-2007)

The Yamaha YZF600R appeared in 1995 and was in fact the latest generation Yamaha FZR 600, inheriting the look, frame, engine, gearbox and suspension elements from it.

In 1996, the model received significant visual changes, some technical updates, and fixed the name `` Thundercat in the name (the corresponding name was imprinted on the plastic). For the purposes of this review, we will only consider the second generation Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat, since the first is actually Yamaha FZR600.

In 1998, a completely new model was proposed based on the Thundercat - Yamaha YZF-R6. It earned the status of the flagship sports model in the 600cc class, and the Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat began to position itself as a sports tourist.

The Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat is based on an in-line 4-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a volume of 599 cc, producing up to 100 hp. power and up to 66 Nm of torque. The maximum performance is at 9500-11500 rpm.

Other features of the model include a steel Deltabox frame, adjustable suspensions, a 6-speed gearbox, a 19-liter fuel tank, powerful 4-piston Nissin Sumitomo front brakes and 212 kg of curb weight.

2007 was the last year of production of the model, after which it disappeared from the line of Yamaha sports motorcycles and did not receive further development. Throughout its history, the model has practically not undergone significant technical changes, successfully selling in the European and American markets.

The main competitors of the Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat in the class:


Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat (1996-2007)
Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat (1996-2007)
Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat (1996-2007)


Specifications Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat:

Model Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat
Motorcycle type sport
Release year 1995-2007
Frame steel Deltabox
Engine type 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume 599 cm³
Bore / stroke 62.0 x 49.6 mm
Compression ratio 12.0: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system Carburetor, 4x Keihin CVKD36
Ignition type TCI (digital)
Maximum power 100.0 h.p. (73.5 kW) @ 11,500 rpm - YZF600R (North America, UK, etc.)

98.0 h.p. (72.1 kW) at 11,500 rpm - YZF600R (Germany, etc.)

87.7 h.p. (64.5 kW) @ 11,250 rpm - YZF600R (on rear wheel)

Maximum torque 66.0 Nm (6.7 kg * m) at 9500 rpm

60.0 Nm (6.1 kg * m) - YZR600R (on the rear wheel)

Gearbox 6-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 120/60 ZR17
Rear tire size 160/60 ZR17
Front brakes 2 x 298mm discs, 4-piston calipers
Rear brakes 1 disc 245 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspension 41mm telescopic fork (all adjustments), 130mm travel
Rear suspension linkage with monoshock (all adjustments), stroke - 120 mm
Length 2060 mm
Width 725 mm
Height 1190 mm
Wheelbase 1415 mm
Minimum ground clearance 135 mm
Saddle height 805 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 3.42 sec
Maximum speed 240 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 19.0 l (including reserve - 3.1 l)
Motorcycle weight (curb) 212 kg