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2009 Yamaha YZF-R6 Shootout Photo Gallery

While Yamaha only did a few minor changes for this year – customary BNG plus a re-tuning of the engine for slightly more mid-range – it’s hard to argue that they really needed to change it much. Check out the full story in our 2009 Supersport Shootout.

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Razor-sharp - that's the R6 in a nutshell
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GP-style exhaust centralizes mass. Didn't Buell do that 10 years ago?
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The harder you push the R6 the more at home it is. Waheed says this is like sitting on the couch and watching a movie it's so easy
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While still good, unaggressive pad compound held back the R6 brakes
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Yamaha started the fully-adjustable-suspension trend. Thank you, Yamaha!
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Yamaha's YZF-R6 may not have posted the biggest dyno numbers, but in the 'real-world' it's one of the fastest of the group
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2009 Yamaha YZF-R6 - 2009 Supersport Shootout
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'It's a racebike with headlights!' - Waheed
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Atlas threw down on the Yamaha, putting it in the Number 2 spot in the Superpole session with a 1:20.34, only a tenth of a second off the top spot
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Stability on the brakes wasn't one of the Yamaha's stongest points
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But there was no shortage of acceleration
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When it came to the racetrack, the duel for top honors was close. These were the two leading contenders
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2009 Yamaha R6 - Wallpaper
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Some equated the R6 to a Doctor's scalpel. But honestly, who here really knows what a scalpel feels like?
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Either way, getting in a battle with the Yamaha at the racetrack isn't always the smartest idea. That is, unless you like losing...
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The new Red/White color scheme was a hit. It's like the '98 R1 was reborn in smaller (and better) from...
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Hang on and take a ride with Atlas on the R6!