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2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 Photo Gallery

Photos of the new 2008 Yamaha R6 at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. 2008 Yamaha R6 First Ride

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2008 Yamaha R6
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2008 Yamaha R6
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The rear subframe is now made of magnesium (a first for a Yamaha production motorcycle) and weighs over a pound less then the cast aluminum design it replaces.
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Soaking up tarmac at the front is a new 41mm inverted fork featuring four-way adjustment (high/low-speed compression and rebound damping, and spring preload).
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Seat and footpeg height are the same as before
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Like the frame, the boomerang shaped black aluminum swingarm has also been tweaked and now incorporates a thicker, reinforced pivot section.
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Visually it's difficult to distinguish the new R6 from the old.
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Want to go two-up? Why, not?
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Up front, the upper cowling had been reshaped and the rearview mirror mounting points have been relocated from the fairing itself to the fairing support stay.
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Although sleek looks play a big part in a bike's overall commercial success, it's what's on the inside that counts. In the new R6's case, this amounts to over 50 changes to the supersport powerplant.
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2008 Yamaha R6
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The Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) has trickled down to the supersport class.
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Despite its nearly identical appearance, underneath that slick new bodywork lies an entirely new chassis.
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The suspension components on the '08 R6 have changed, with both units four-way adjustable.
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The tuning fork engineers understood that its bike needed a mid-range power boost, so they incorporated over 50 changes aimed at increasing engine power and durability
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the chassis was so stable that we thought for sure it came equipped with some kind of steering damper, but to our surprise it's not.
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Our test rider couldn't contain his excitement over the new R6, but will the new Yamaha supersport have what it takes to best its 600 competitors?
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With wider 310mm rotors, the Yamaha's brakes delivered steady stopping power. Combined with the Dunlop Qualifier rubber, the new R6 package had us very comfortable at Laguna.
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In addition to the new found stability, the new chassis delivers tons of feedback through both ends, even on OEM street tires.
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Mid-corner line changes are as effortless as before, but motoring through Laguna's ultra-fast, uphill, blind Turn 1 revealed a chassis that was as solid as Hulk Hogan in his prime - even while cranked over with the throttle pegged in fifth gear.
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All of the agility and the ability to maneuver quickly from side-to-side remains, but unlike last year's version, a broad feeling of stability is now present at all speeds.
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Not happy with being relegated out of the top spot, the R-six is back for '08 with some substantial changes that aim to bring the bike back to the front.
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The R6 rolls on new spec Dunlop Qualifier "PTM" 120/70 front and 180/55 rear tires.
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The Yamaha R6 has always been a machine of few compromises, and that's why we've always loved it.
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Although the new R6 appears almost identical to its 2007 predecessor, the chassis has been changed to improve stability and handling.
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Straight up at the track the new R6 rips. It's nimble, precise steering chassis finally has the stability it always needed served up with a fat side of elusive road feel.
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The ergos on the new Yamaha supersport move the rider forward and place more weight on the front end.
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The riding position on the new R6 felt no more aggressive then the '07 version.
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Instead of messing up a good thing, the Tuning Fork designers chose to make some very subtle tweaks that further enhance the machine's clean, yet edgy, look.