The 2006 Yamaha R6 has an 18,000rpm red line, fly-by-wire throttle, titanium valves with chrome-nitrided valve springs. All this technology adds up to a smooth, involving engine that loves revs. And produces 131bhp – a similar figure 1000cc motorcycles made 15 years before the 2006 Yamaha R6’s launch. Low and midrange power are, unfortunately, less impressive.
Ride and HandlingMCN rating
As a track motorcycle, the 2006 Yamaha R6 is hard to fault. Steering’s light and neutral, direction changes are fast and effortless and it’s more stable than such a light, nimble motorcycle has any right to be. Lines and corner speed that’d be impossible on other bikes are child’s play on the 2006 Yamaha R6. A little too committed for town work and bumpy roads.
The 2006 Yamaha R6's chassis and suspension are derived from Yamaha’s MotoGP bikes and put some race motorcycles to shame. Slipper clutch. Lightweight clocks aren’t too minimal. Comfort at slow speed isn’t good. Official extras include a double-bubble screen, alarm, competition lower forks, Ohlins steering damper, crash protectors, paddock stands and more.
Quality and ReliabilityMCN rating
Like so many new Japanese bikes, problems are almost non-existent with the 2006 Yamaha R6 and, should they occur, recalls and warranty work should mean the customer doesn’t have to worry. The old spectre of road salt can still make any motorcycle look tatty fast and crash/theft damage should be checked for if buying used.
The 2006 Yamaha R6 was top track 600 during 2006 although the competition wasn’t that far behind. Supersport 600 pricing is very competitive so if you shop around on any motorcycle in the class you’ll get a tidy deal. Don’t be afraid of parallel imports if the headlight and clocks are properly converted and the seller writes ‘full UK power’ on the receipt. Find a Yamaha R6 for sale
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2006: Yamaha R6 launched (but older model continues alongside).