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2005 Yamaha YZF-R6 Photo Gallery

MCUSA rides the revised R6 and finds out that it's even better than our recent Supersport shootout winner, the old R6. After winning two super shootouts we see how the new model does in our 2005 Yamaha R6 First Ride.

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We're not sure who this guy is but he looks familiar. We do feel the need to mention that this is a professional rider on a closed course. Do not try this at home (unless your home has a racetrack).
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Of course Duke made us use this pic of him because he judged it to be better than the other wheelie shots BJN got of the rest of us.
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Almost all of the visual changes to the 2005 R6 are seen here: Inverted fork, radial-mount brake calipers, larger discs and a taller front tire. You also might notice a subtle difference in the headlight lenses.
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Knee down on a long sweeper, this is where the new R6 shines. Changes to its steering geometry results in more confidence from the front end.
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The new brake calipers and front fender are sourced from the R1. Yamaha says the fact that the R6 is visually distinctive from the R1 is part of its popularity.
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The R6 laid down the second quickest quarter mile time behind the ZX-6R at Infineon Raceway.
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The R6 boasts a simple, yet easy to read instrument cluster on the 2005 model.
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The R6 gets the front wheel in the air in a hurry thanks to ample power and short gearing.
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The R6 is starting to look a little dated. A new set of graphics or a revised paint scheme would go a long way in helping the aesthetic appeal of the R6.
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The R6 and the Gixxer continue to utilize the traditional side mounted exhuast.
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The R6 posted the second fastest speed trap numbers behind the ZX cheater bike.
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Sean Alexander of Motorcycle Online tries to keep our quarter-mile times below his with the old banana peel trick.
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The 2005 Yamaha R6 is still a great bike and as you can tell, it does have a good side.
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Many expected an R1/FZ6 underseat exhaust on the '05 R6, but a Yamaha engineer tells us that such an arrangement adds weight and cost, something undesirable in this competitive segment.
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DB seemed to get along well the 2005 Yamaha R6.