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Yamaha R6


 First introduced in 1999, Yamaha’s YZF-R6 took the middleweight would by storm with its aggressive handling, high-horsepower engine and premise of being a “racebike with lights.” Without a doubt this was the case, winning countless Shootouts in a wide variety of magazines, as well as taking the world racing scene head-on. The Japanese Inline-Four was an instant success and ‘99 saw the Yamaha R6 take the Manufacturer’s World Supersport Crown. It followed that effort up with taking the Rider’s Championship in 2000 with Jorg Teuchert, as well as winning the Manufacturer’s title once again. 

The 2008 Yamaha R6 dominated the ’08 AMA Supersport Championship from start to finish with Ben Bostrom on the Graves Yamaha R6.
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is frequently the club racer's weapon of choice and it is one of the favorites on the track during MCUSA's annual Supersport Shootouts.
The first update to the Yamaha R6 came in 2001, giving it a newer fork, fully-adjustable shock and some minor styling changes among other small updates. The first major revamp of the YZF-R6 came in ’03. All-new styling highlighted the looks, while internally it received fuel injection and a slightly longer stroke to make it a full 600cc (was 599cc before). The chassis was further updated with an inverted fork and piggyback rear shock, plus more aggressive steering geometry. As a result the wheelbase was nearly a full inch shorter.

Revised again in ’06, the Yamaha R6 received another totally new look and more over-square bore and stroke, going back to 599cc, for higher engine rpms. Though, the raised rpm claim received much controversy, as Yamaha advertised and printed on the tachometer that the bike could rev to 17,500 rpm-plus. But when owners and magazines got the machine on the dyno it was more in the range of 16,200 rpm max, thus Yamaha issued a letter of apology and offered to buy back any new R6 motorcycles from unhappy customers. Very few were bought back and despite this controversy, the Yamaha R6 was very successful and extremely capable. 2008 saw a host of small changes to give it a bit more mid-range power via higher compression ratio, as well as getting Yamaha’s patented variable intake (YCC-I) and electronically-aided throttle (YCC-T) systems.

For 2009 peak power is choked down a bit due to U.S. noise regulations, though mid-range was beefed up slightly once again. In our ’09 Supersport Shootout it was one of the racetrack favorites; the handling and precision is as sharp as anything on the market. This most recent model saw great success at the racetrack in hands of Ben Bostrom, who dominated the’08 AMA Supersport Championship from start to finish on the Graves Yamaha R6. The title was the third AMA championship for the Yamaha R6 since its inception in ’99. The other two came at the hands of Jamie Hacking in ’04 and ’06.
Yamaha R6 Motorcycle Reviews
2011 Yamaha YZF-R6 Track Comparison
Monday, June 06, 2011
The 2011 Yamaha YZF-R6 is designed to do one thing: Win at the track. Check out how it performed head to head with the rest of the supersport bikes in our Track Comparison test.
2011 Yamaha YZF-R6 Street Comparison
Monday, May 23, 2011
Does the 2011 Yamaha YZF-R6 make for an optimal street mount compared to its Supersport rivals? Find out in our 2011 Supersport Street Shootout.
2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Modified Comparison Part II
Monday, October 04, 2010
MotoUSA took the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6, then modified it in stages to see how it stacks up against itself as well as the competition in the multi-stage feature that we like to call the Modified Supersport Shootout Series.
2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Modified Comparison
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
MotoUSA takes the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 and puts it up against the rest of the Japanese middleweights, all featuring equal modifications, in Stage 1 of our 2010 Supersport Shootout.
Crutchlows Factory Yamaha YZF-R6
Monday, January 11, 2010
Motorcycle USA takes a ride on Cal Crutchlow’s Factory Yamaha YZF-R6 and compare it to the competition in our World Supersport Shootout.
2009 Yamaha YZF-R6 Comparison
Friday, March 20, 2009
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.
Graves Yamaha R6 Test
Monday, December 22, 2008
Believe the Hype: We ride Ben Bostrom’s AMA Supersport Championship-winning Graves Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6 to see what it is all about.
2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 Comparison
Monday, May 19, 2008
The high-revving 600cc supersport motorcycles take center stage as we gather six middle-weight track weapons for our sixth annual Supersport Shootout.
2008 Yamaha R6 First Ride
Monday, December 03, 2007
We sample Yamaha's latest 600 supersport track weapon, the 2008 YZF-R6, at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.
2007 Yamaha YZF-R6 Comparison
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Adding a pair of fresh challengers into the cauldron of supersport combat is certain to shake things up. Street and track miles tell the story.
2006 Jamie James Yamaha R6
Monday, October 30, 2006
Our favorite ex-pat Brit takes a ride on yet another wild thing to come from Jamie James Productions.
2006 Yamaha YZF-R6 Comparison
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Track testing is really what separates the wheat from the chaff, so we do double duty by spending two full days at race speed.
2006 Yamaha YZF-R6 Comparison
Monday, May 15, 2006
For this year's Shootout we gathered six bikes from three countries with three engine configurations. Only one winner.
2006 Yamaha R6 Second Ride
Friday, February 24, 2006
With sexy styling, high revving and lofty price, the 2006 Yamaha R6 may require you give up a slice of your soul in order to fully enjoy everything it has to offer.
2006 Yamaha R6 First Ride
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Correspondent Neale Bayly tested the much anticipated 2006 Yamaha R6 out in the sweltering heat of the MotoGP Losail circuit in Qatar.
2005 Yamaha YZF-R6 Comparison
Sunday, April 03, 2005
It took 14 race-compound tires, three factory-support crews and two racetracks to figure out which of the four supersports performs best at the track. How did the R6 do? Climb on.
2005 Yamaha YZF-R6 Comparison
Monday, March 21, 2005
Major revisions to the middleweight sportbike cards shuffle the deck in this streetbike melee.
2005 Yamaha R6 First Ride
Friday, October 29, 2004
MCUSA rides the revised R6 and finds out that it's even better than our recent Supersport shootout winner, the old R6.
2004 Yamaha YZF-R6 Comparison
Saturday, August 28, 2004
It's been a long and winding road to deliver this comparo, but the results are in to determine the winner in this critical market segment.
2003 Yamaha YZF-R6 Comparison
Thursday, July 24, 2003
We can't believe how much performance manufacturers are squeezing out of these middleweights. And they're so closely matched it makes our job tough.
2003 Yamaha R6 Quick Ride
Friday, March 14, 2003
All new for 2003, the Yamaha R6 has arrived on the scene to some very fierce competition from the new Kawasaki's ZX-6R and Honda CBR600RR.
Yamaha R6 Project Bikes
2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Graves Project Bike 2
Friday, July 01, 2011
We race our Graves Motorsports-built Yamaha YZF-R6 sportbike at Willow Springs International Raceway in this long-term project bike review.
2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Graves Project Bike 1
Thursday, February 03, 2011
We transform our Yamaha R6 modified Supersport bike into a full-on racing motorcycle in this multi-part sportbike race project build.
Yamaha R6 First Looks
2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 First Look
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Yamaha's 2010 R6 gets a host of small changes as well as the mandatory BNG (Bold New Graphics) treatment.
2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 First Look
Monday, September 10, 2007
For 2008 Yamaha has revamped is supersport screamer number of internal changes, including a revised engine and new chassis.
Yamaha R6 News
Yamaha YZF-R6 Back on World Supersport Grid
Monday, January 24, 2011
Once the weapon of choice in the World Supersport Championship, the Yamaha YZF-R6 will return to the grid in 2011 at the hands of Chaz Davies.
Yamaha Recalls 54000 YZF-R6 Motorcycles
Monday, August 09, 2010
Yamaha has issued a recall notice for 54,000 R6s due to the front reflector being positioned too low on model-year 2005-2010 machines.
MMP Announces Yamaha R6 Contest Winner
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The grand prize winner in the “Win a Yamaha R6” contest has been announced and will be coming to Utah this weekend to claim the brand-new Yamaha R6 sport bike during the USA Round of the Superbike World Championship.
Nick Anglada Unveils Custom Yamaha R6 At IMS
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Nick Anglada, owner of Nick Anglada Originals, recently unveiled a wild, custom-built Yamaha R6 at the Chicago International Motorcycle Show.
Enter to Win a Yamaha R6
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Track season is coming and now the chance to sign up and win a Yamaha R6 from Rockwell Time and Miller Motorsports Park.
Yamaha R6 Features
Pat Clark Motorsports: The New AMA Superbike
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Developed three years ago, the Pat Clark Motorsports team has gone from small club racing to competing at the top level in AMA Pro Racing.
Yamaha Champions Riding School
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Watch and learn. The Yamaha Champions Riding School gives students essential riding skills and the chance to utilize a world-class racing facility.
Yamaha R6 Dealerships