Check our buying guide for the high-tech Yamaha YZF-R6

Check our buying guide for the high-tech Yamaha YZF-R6


Yamaha YZF-R6 buying guide: 2006-2007

By Rob Hull -

 08 September 2008 22:55

If you’re looking to buy a second-hand 2006-2007 Yamaha YZF-R6 then here is a full buying guide.

We’ve given you our five star rating for a number of categories and also offered advice for what to look out for when buy a used model.

The 2006 Yamaha R6 was the most high tech, track focused motorcycle you could buy when it was released. Technology to put Yamaha’s own R1 of the day to shame, reinforcing the fact that 600cc motorcycles are no longer a budget option but, for many, simply the best choice. Rapid, gorgeous and sometimes frustrating on the road but still easy to fall in love with.

Like so many recent Japanese bikes, problems are almost nonexistent with the 2006 R6 and, should they occur, recalls and warranty work should mean the customer doesn’t have to worry. Road salt can still make any motorcycle look tatty fast and crash/theft damage should be checked for when buying used.

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Rating: 5 out of 5
As a track motorcycle, the 2006 R6 is hard to fault. The 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 impossible on other bikes are child’s play on the R6. A little too committed for town work and bumpy roads, however.

Rating: 4 out of 5
The R6 was claimed to have an 18,000rpm red line – it was fibs though and ‘only’ revs to 15,800rpm in reality. It does really have fl y-by-wire throttle, titanium valves with chromenitrided valve springs though. All this technology adds up to a smooth, involving engine that loves revs. In fact, it feels broken
if you don’t keep it revving hard. And if you do, it produces 131bhp – a similar figure 1000cc motorcycles made 15 years before the 2006 R6’s launch. The bike’s low and midrange power are, unfortunately, less impressive.

Rating: 4 out of 5
The chassis and suspension are derived from Yamaha’s MotoGP bikes and put some race bikes to shame. It has a slipper clutch with lightweight clocks which aren’t too minimal. Comfort at slow speed isn’t good but there is a range of official extras, such as taller screens, to make day-to-day riding more bearable.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Fast, frantic and a race replica, the R6 is nothing but a committed rev freak and it really doesn’t do anything else. Anyone looking for a bike that will relax when they want to is advised to look elsewhere, as the R6 really doesn’t do chilled riding. It’s always in the mood for a race.

Rating: 4 out of 5
The R6 was top track 600 during its launch year, 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 as long as they have been converted for UK use and are full power versions.