In practice, the new bike steers with an assuredness previously unknown toYamaha R6 riders. The taller front tire may also offer benefits in bump absorption, as the front end feels a bit more compliant over small bumps, despite a slight increase in front and rear spring rates. So Yamaha bit the upturned bullet and fitted a 41mm inverted Kayaba fork to satisfy both the racers and the posers. Nods to racetrack performance include the aforementioned spring rate increase and more buttoned-down damping characteristics. To balance the more rigid fork, Yamaha has strengthened the casting where the beautiful controlled-fill aluminum swingarm attaches.
My first thoughts about the trick new front brakes weren't outstandingly positive.