The ’05 Yamaha YZF-R6 comes with better mid-range than previous models and it spins up more quickly, too, thanks to bigger throttle bodies and an improved engine map. The Yamaha YZF-R6's 16v, DOHC motor is just as frenetic as ever, but around town there’s loads more flexibility than before. The Yamaha YZF-R6 gearbox is as stiff as ever, though.
Ride and HandlingMCN rating
Thanks to the upside-down forks, stiffer chassis and radial brakes the Yamaha YZF-R6's handling is better than ever. The Yamaha YZF-R6's suspension works very well, with plenty of adjustment available to help you dial in your riding style. It’s not too cramped, but anyone over six foot tall is going to struggle to stay comfortable for long on the Yamaha YZF-R6 and the low screen is rubbish at distance work.
There’s an ignition-based immobiliser, programmable shift light and radial brakes and master cylinder as standard. A steering damper would make a better first buy for your Yamaha YZF-R6 than any race pipe.
Quality and ReliabilityMCN rating
Yamaha’s build quality is very good, and with a massive 6000 miles between services you’ll spend more time (and less money) riding the Yamaha YZF-R6 than servicing it.
The 2005-2006 Yamaha YZF-R6 represents very good value for money, especially as secondhand values are dropping off after the importer slashed new prices to make way for the brand new for 2006, ride-by-wire Yamaha YZF-R6. The older bike suffered, but it’s still a superb machine for the money. The only problem being when you come to sell your Yamaha YZF-R6 on as it’s not particularly desirable in a market where new technology rules. Find a Yamaha R6 for sale
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1999: At its launch the Yamaha YZF-R6 revolutionised the 600 market. With a stacked gearbox, ram-air, monoblock brakes and light weight it ruled the streets.
2003: Yamaha YZF-R6 gains fuel-injection.
2005: Radial brakes, upside-down forks and more power is added to Yamaha YZF-R6.
2006: New Yamaha YZF-R6 with ride-by-wire, stubby underslung exhaust, more power and a slipper clutch, but old model continues.
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