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BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE YAMAHA YZF 600 THUNDERCAT … 


Like many bikes, Yamaha's Thundercat was initially launched as a sports A-imachine, but has remained successful in a different, sport-touring role after being superseded by more advanced designs. First launched in 1996, the Thundercat replaced the FZR600R and was an immediate success. Its inline-four engine was based on the FZR, but heavily revised for improved power and torque. The frame was also similar to the FZR, using a steel Deltabox design, together with an aluminum swing-arm. The result was a bike that was heavier and less focused than its predecessor, but with more modern performance.
 
The styling is very distinctive. The aerodynamic single headlight nosecone is similar to the Thunderace 1000, also launched in 1996, and incorporates a ram-air induction system which increases the engine's output as speed increases. Also shared with the Thunderace are the four piston front brake calipers, manufactured by Sumitomo and shared with many recent Yamaha models. These brakes, which were a revelation to many riders in 1996, are still among the best performing brake components on the road.
The conventional suspension setup is soft for a sports bike, but is still capable on road and track. Many 600 Supersports racers campaigned the Thundercat, with remarkable success, including at world level (Vittoriano Guareschi finished second on a Thundercat in the 1997 WSS championship). The suspension's built-in adjustment front and rear can improve performance, but aftermarket improvements can pay dividends for track use.
  
SPECIFICATIONS OF THE YAMAHA YZF 600 THUNDERCAT …
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company
Also called Thundercat
Production 1996–2007
Predecessor FZR600
Successor Yamaha R6
Class Sport bike
Engine 599 cc (36.6 cu in) liquid-cooled inline four cylinder dohc 16 valve
Transmission 6-speed sequential manual
Frame type Deltabox II[clarification needed]
Rake, trail 25.0°, 97 mm (3.82 in)
Wheelbase 1,410 mm (55.7 in)
Dimensions L: 2,060 mm (81.1 in)
W: 720 mm (28.5 in)
Seat height 810 mm (31.7 in)
Fuel capacity 19 L (4.2 imp gal; 5.0 US gal)
Related Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace
Yamaha FZS600 Fazer


See more details on Wikipedia, MCS, MCN as they all give more information and details on this model.