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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.

2013 Supersport Shootout X – Horsepower comparison chart.
Supersport Shootout X - Torque comparison chart.
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.
Our more experienced racers loved the handling and engine performance of the R6.
The R6’s non-brand name Soqi suspension components work well despite being five years old now.
The R6’s ergonomics are compact for the most part but its large fuel tank was a hindrance for our smallest test rider.
2013 Yamaha YZF-R6.
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.
The R6 offers strong mid-range though it comes a little bit higher in the revs compared to the Honda.
The R6 posted the highest average corner speeds at Chuckwalla demonstrating how effective its chassis is.
The R6’s strong top-end and close ratio gearing helped yank it off corners with the muscle of the bigger bikes.
The R6 proved to the quickest handling from left-to-right in quick transitions.
Off all the Japanese bikes the Yamaha offers the most track-oriented riding stance.
Despite being over five years old we’re still fans of the R6’s styling.
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.
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.
The R6’s chassis performed flawlessly at lean. It’s accurate and delivers plenty of feel for a road motorcycle.
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.
The R6 has one of the taller seats in this test which make it less friendly for shorter riders.
The R6 has one of the taller seats in this test which make it less friendly for shorter riders.
The R6 handles sharply but it can be a little more intimidating to ride as compared to the ultra-friendly Honda or Suzuki.
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.
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.