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2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Graves Project Bike Photo Gallery

We transform our Yamaha YZF-R6 modified Supersport bike into a full-on race bike in the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Graves Project Bike 1 build.

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MotorcycleUSA’s 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Graves Project Bike.
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2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Graves Project Bike dyno chart courtesy of Mickey Cohen Motorsports.
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Pictured is the Graves R6 Bodywork Kit: $90
and R6 Dzus Bodywork Kit (left): $80
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Chuck Graves dyno tunes our Yamaha YZF-R6 Project Bike.
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The Zero Gravity Double Bubble Windscreen allows the rider to tuck in behind the windscreen easier.
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The Sharkskinz R6 Draftshield not only makes the bike look terrific it streamlines the bike’s aerodynamics at speed.
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MC Pro Designs painted up our ’10 Yamaha R6 identically to the Graves Motorsports Team.
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Graves Motorsports uses a special Zero Gravity Double Bubble Windscreen made exclusively for them (part no. 17-580B-01).
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Sharkskinz and MC Pro Designs provide the utmost in terms of bodywork fit and paint quality.
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VP Racing Fuels U4.4 race gas is a simple and affordable way to boost engine performance.
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San Diego, California-based Lee’s Cycle helped us do final race prep including safety wiring primary fasteners and swapping out the engine coolant for race-approved Red Line Water Wetter.
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This was our 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Modified Comparison bike before we started the racing transformation.
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The sides of this stock metal bracket needed to be sliced off in order to work with the Sharkskinz race tail.
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This is the fiberglass seat support used with the Sharkskinz racing tail.
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We were impressed by Sharkskinz high-levels of fit and finish. Here we use its optional fasteners to secure the tail piece onto the subframe.
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Here we tie the headlight electronics with a zip-tie to keep it out of the way.
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A hole in the stock fairing stay needs to be drilled to be compatible with the Graves Motorsports R6 Bodywork Kit.
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Sharkskinz bodywork is very easy to work with. Here Skye from Graves Motorsports fits the Zero Gravity windscreen to the main upper.
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The Graves Motorsports WORKS Progressive Throttle Tube requires the removal of the aluminum stop inside housing needs to be removed (we ground it off with a Dremel tool) in order to achieve full throttle.
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Graves Motorsports WORKS Progressive Throttle Tube ($85) reduces initial throttle hit before gently ramping up allowing the rider to reach wide open throttle faster. It is also made from aluminum so it’s more durable in the event of a crash.
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Graves Motorsports R6 Bodywork Mounting Kit makes it even easier to fit Sharkskinz bodywork onto the motorcycle.
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Here a fastener gets drilled with an 1/16-inch drill bit in order to be ready to accept safety wire.
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Most road racing organizations mandate that all motorcycles have critical fasteners to be safety wired in order to prevent them from coming loose on the track. We had Lee’s Cycle take care of this tedious process for us.
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Decorate your desktop with our beautiful pin-up girl Kristia as she poses with our Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 Project Bike.
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Decorate your desktop with our beautiful pin-up girl Kristia as she poses with our Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 Project Bike.
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Decorate your desktop with our beautiful pin-up girl Kristia as she poses with our Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 Project Bike.
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Flat out Sharkinz Racing Bodies are the most high-quality aftermarket bodywork available today.
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Decorate your desktop with our beautiful pin-up girl Kristia as she poses with our Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 Project Bike.
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Waheed uses Chicken Hawk Racing tire warmers to ensure that the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa race tires will be up to temperature right away.
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The un-even throttle response we encountered in the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Modified Comparison and 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Modified Comparison Part II features was eliminated with Graves WORKS throttle tube and updated fuel-injection map.
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Removing a few turns of preload off the fork springs put more weight on the front end and reduced headshake.
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Adjustable controls from Graves Motorsports allow a wide variety of riders to be comfortable at the controls of the R6.
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Waheed prepares for the start of his WSMC race at Willow Springs.
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VP Racing Fuel’s U4.4 race gas gives the engine a little bit more power and also makes it run “crisper”.
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Our R6 project bike had a tendency to run wide mid-corner making it difficult to ride at the track.
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When fresh the grip served up by Pirelli’s latest Diablo Supercorsa race tires is downright phenomenal.
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The softer carcass of the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsas helped mask some of the handling woes early in the race.
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Willow Springs Motorcycle Club holds races exclusively on either the 2.5-mile Big Track or 1.3-mile Streets road courses.
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Chassis woes made our R6 race bike difficult to ride during our initial race outing at Willow Springs.
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Racing our R6 project bike at Willow Springs.
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Mounting rain race tires in anticipation of a wet weather practice at Willow Springs.