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Old 06-06-2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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Whatís your take on the R6?

Does anyone know of any reason why an í06 generation R6 would be a bad choice, for track duties only of course.

Iím about to pick one up and I just wanted to see what feedback anyone can offer on the little blue monster, besides the fact that it isnít a Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda or Triumph. With this generation of motorcycles, you really canít go wrong. They all are becoming more track focused and weíre starting to see race technology trickle down to the show room floor for us peons almost instantly compared to the late 90ís and early 00ís. I picked the R6 because Iím getting a good deal on this one, itís smaller then the beast my small a$$ has been muscling around for four years, and it brings some new gadgets Iíve been looking to use and abuse out on the track for some time now. And maybe with getting a Yamaha, Iíll increase my chances for some wild card seat time with the FIAT boys!!!!

But Iíve done my research and like most things, it comes down to opinion. Iím just looking for some good quality feedback from some track usuals that spend their time on the same pavement I do.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 06-06-2008, 12:14 PM   #2
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No midrange. Great handling but a little twitchy IMO. I don't like the riding position but that again is just me. Also, didn't some of them blow up when they wrecked.
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:20 PM   #3
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Last time at TWS (Texas World Speedway), they were the majority of track bikes there. I thought we are doing a factory trackdays. I am putting mine up for sale if you are interested. Mine have power all the way to the redline minus 1k.
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:21 PM   #4
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1)No midrange. Great handling but a little twitchy IMO. I don't like the riding position but that again is just me. 2)Also, didn't some of them blow up when they wrecked.
1) Anything a spin on the Dyno can fix?

2)WTF!!!!!!!
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:22 PM   #5
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Fit tank sliders to the gas tank, they rupture on impact more frequently than is healthy.
As BC says, very peaky, prepare to ride it like a two stroke
OE slipper clutch is OK but not as good as the Kawa
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Fit tank sliders to the gas tank, they rupture on impact more frequently than is healthy.
As BC says, very peaky, prepare to ride it like a two stroke
OE slipper clutch is OK but not as good as the Kawa

Any slipper clutch would be fine with me, at least for a while. That's the one experience I'm really looking forward to.

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Old 06-06-2008, 12:28 PM   #7
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i've had mine for almost 2 weeks. couldn't be happier. im glad i picked it over gsxr.
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There is a modification you can do to the stock slipper to make it act a lot better also.


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You talking about removing one of the springs and such?
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:34 PM   #9
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Get tanksliders if you get the R6. SunnyR6 has them on his, you could ask him where he got em
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:37 PM   #10
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Tank sliders......check.

I don't want to be doing a Ghost Rider impression.......I'll leave the Bike'O Flames alone.......
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Adam, get the bike if it's the one you like. You can ride it fast no problem. Seriously, midrange is not an issue on the track because you won't be in the midrange anyway. The bike is fast, nimble and stable. You can put that thing anywhere and change lines when you want no problem. As you know, suspension setup is critical. Tank sliders will take care of the problem of having the tank catch on fire when you highside. The riding position is the most extreme of the 600's I'd say, but I don't even notice it when on the track. Stock slipper is OK, you can modify it and make it a lot better.
I hated my '06 when I first bought it because of how rev happy and peaky it is. I was slower on it. And it turns pretty quick. Once I got used to wringing its neck out at all times, i LOVE this bike now. I feel I'm a better rider because of it. But thats just my opinion. I rider other people's bikes to see which one I want next, and I keep coming back to my R6.

Get what you like. That's the one you'll be the fastest and happiest on.
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Old 06-06-2008, 01:01 PM   #12
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There is a reason I bug the out of you all the time Derek.

Once again, you just showed why.

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Old 06-06-2008, 02:12 PM   #13
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Adam, get the bike if it's the one you like. You can ride it fast no problem. Seriously, midrange is not an issue on the track because you won't be in the midrange anyway. The bike is fast, nimble and stable. You can put that thing anywhere and change lines when you want no problem. As you know, suspension setup is critical. Tank sliders will take care of the problem of having the tank catch on fire when you highside. The riding position is the most extreme of the 600's I'd say, but I don't even notice it when on the track. Stock slipper is OK, you can modify it and make it a lot better.
I hated my '06 when I first bought it because of how rev happy and peaky it is. I was slower on it. And it turns pretty quick. Once I got used to wringing its neck out at all times, i LOVE this bike now. I feel I'm a better rider because of it. But thats just my opinion. I rider other people's bikes to see which one I want next, and I keep coming back to my R6.

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Old 06-06-2008, 02:33 PM   #14
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I loved mine.. i changed the internals of the forks to ohlins and did the clutch spring removal.......... no twitchin.. rock solid.. and just do your 520 conversion -1 +2 and dont worry about the midrange
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im not negating the fact that they catch on fire but has anyone actually seen or heard of any other instance of the 06' 07' gen r6 catching on fire because of the tank besides the red euro r6 on youtube??


somebody elaborate on this clutch mod please..
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these are the tank sliders we are using over here, see photo
there's been 3 or 4 cases over here that I can recall
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these are the tank sliders we are using over here, see photo
there's been 3 or 4 cases over here that I can recall
i cant quite see the photo on this 1820's monitor but is it the black paneling by the emblem? i figured you might expertise in this question because ive seen the race bikes in previous posts.
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i cant quite see the photo on this 1820's monitor but is it the black paneling by the emblem? i figured you might expertise in this question because ive seen the race bikes in previous posts.
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Yes, it's a carbon fibre moulded trim piece that we attach to the tanks leading edge. The emblem then goes on just to remind people that the bike doing the winning is a YAMAHA

The bike has been down a few times now but fortunately the tank has remained gas tight so far
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No problem
Yes, it's a carbon fibre moulded trim piece that we attach to the tanks leading edge. The emblem then goes on just to remind people that the bike doing the winning is a YAMAHA

The bike has been down a few times now but fortunately the tank has remained gas tight so far


i might have to invest in the near future

The emblem then goes on just to remind people that the bike doing the winning is a YAMAHA
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