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2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport Shootout Photo Gallery

Yamaha’s five-year-old R6 faces off against the latest breed of Supersports. Does it still have what it takes to lap at the front? Find out in the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport Comparison.

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2013 Supersport Shootout X – Horsepower comparison chart.
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Supersport Shootout X - Torque comparison chart.
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While it didn’t offer the sheer agility of the Honda the R6 is still highly maneuverable. Plus it delivers a slightly more planted feeling mid-corner.
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Our more experienced racers loved the handling and engine performance of the R6.
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The R6’s non-brand name Soqi suspension components work well despite being five years old now.
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The R6’s ergonomics are compact for the most part but its large fuel tank was a hindrance for our smallest test rider.
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2013 Yamaha YZF-R6.
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The R6’s brakes aren’t quite as sharp-feeling as the Brembos but work well and are very consistent feeling and resistant to brake fade.
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The R6 offers strong mid-range though it comes a little bit higher in the revs compared to the Honda.
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The R6 posted the highest average corner speeds at Chuckwalla demonstrating how effective its chassis is.
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The R6’s strong top-end and close ratio gearing helped yank it off corners with the muscle of the bigger bikes.
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The R6 proved to the quickest handling from left-to-right in quick transitions.
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Off all the Japanese bikes the Yamaha offers the most track-oriented riding stance.
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Despite being over five years old we’re still fans of the R6’s styling.
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The Yamaha’s suspension offers the best of both worlds: it soaks up bumps well on rough roads yet still provides plenty of sporting performance on you favorite zig zagging road.
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The R6’s gearbox is precise feeling and we love that it comes with a true racing-style slipper clutch. Now all that’s missing is a quickshifter.
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The R6’s chassis performed flawlessly at lean. It’s accurate and delivers plenty of feel for a road motorcycle.
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The Yamaha’s 600cc engine is a little anemic at low rpm but get the engine spooling north of 10,000 rpm and it gets with the program fast.
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The R6 has one of the taller seats in this test which make it less friendly for shorter riders.
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The R6 has one of the taller seats in this test which make it less friendly for shorter riders.
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The R6 handles sharply but it can be a little more intimidating to ride as compared to the ultra-friendly Honda or Suzuki.
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The R6’s brakes don’t offer as much initial stopping bite as some of the others pull back on the front lever and there is no shortage of stopping force.
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If most of your odometer miles are logged in the canyons then the R6 is one of the bikes that should be atop of your purchasing list.