Originally Posted by Worroll
Ya, I think they made the newer FZ6's crappier/cheaper to spread the difference between the FZ6 and the newer FZ8.
It really just simplified their global lineup - Europe has always had the XJ6, XJ6 Diversion, and now the XJ6 Diversion F (our FZ6R) in the lineup alongside the FZ6. They are the successors to the Seca II that was sold here in the 90's. The FZ6R wasn't a new model when it came here, simply a renamed Euro model. http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk/produc...ies/index.aspx
Dropping the FZ6 gave them a more obvious gap to the FZ8, sure; in the US, it gave them a more obvious competitor to the Ninja 650R and GSX650F.
I have a friend who just bought an FZ6R and finds it to be brilliant, well-balanced and with a more accessible powerband. I don't know that it is any lesser of a bike, only different.