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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Hardcore, know the score. The Yamaha YZF-R6 is a sexy uber-capable track bike that works on the road too. It caught the 600 race rep class napping and nothing came close until Suzuki launched its 2001 GSX-R600 – that’s a long time to rule the 600 roost and shows just how good the original Yamaha YZF-R6 was.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha YZF-R6 loves to rev – a 15,500 rpm redline was high for the time. And it’s powerful. 160mph fast doesn’t sound amazing in these days of 180+mph bikes but unleashing the Yamaha YZF-R6's 108bhp certainly feels pretty special. The midrange is surprisingly meaty too although the top end rush hides it. The gearbox isn’t the smoothest but it’s at least a match for most Hondas.

 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Light, rapid steering and hard to fault on the track – ultimately the Yamaha YZF-R6's pegs will touch down but that takes some doing. The bars will waggle under power but the Yamaha YZF-R6 is a fast steering track bike so that’s to be expected. It can’t quite match the composition and easy turn in of the latest supersport 600s but it’s a small difference – chassis wear will be more significant on most machines.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Sports bikes don’t have to be crippling and impractical. And the Yamaha YZF-R6 is neither. The riding position’s pretty reasonable – touring’s possible although the seat could benefit from a gel insert. The Yamaha YZF-R6's instruments are comprehensive for the era and include an extra trip meter triggered by the fuel reserve. Above average underseat storgage, good headlights, passable mirrors.

Yamaha YZF-R6 (1998-2003)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,290 (1999) - £3,430 (2003)
Private used prices
£1,980 (1999) - £3,090 (2003)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 108 bhp
Top speed 160 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha YZF-R6's finish is a mixed bag. Plenty of major parts resist the rigors of rain and salt well. But a few smaller parts let the Yamaha YZF-R6 down. Bolts, brackets and fasteners plus a handful of bigger components fur or rust up far too easily. Major Yamaha YZF-R6 reliability problems are extremely rare. Check for heavy oil consumption and any form of gearbox fault.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

This is a popular, but value for money, class and it’s hard fought on price. The Yamaha YZF-R6 is not only the best bike from late 1998 to the end of 2000 it’s the best looking too so prices hold up quite well. Suzuki’s GSX-R is track capable but poor on the road, Honda’s CBR is a sound machine but revvy and the Kawaski’s more road focused. Find a Yamaha R6 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

1998: Original Yamaha YZF-R6 launched.
2001: Updated Yamaha YZF-R6 includes quick release number plate hanger and most obviously LED tail lights.
2003: Yamaha YZF-R6 gets new swingarm, fuel injection replaces carbs, revised frame, five-spoke wheels.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.2 secs
Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Weight 169 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 298mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(44 reviews)

  • 33bhp->108bhp

    chazmeercat

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I was still on my restricted (33bhp) licence when I purchased this, and the acceleration was good, and overtaking was easy. However, once the restrictor was off this thing turned into a missile! The acceleration is fantastic, and just keeps going and sounds amazing. The seat and bars are comfortable enough for a few hours riding. I keep looking at other bikes, but everytime I look at my R6 I can't think of anything better looking (in my price range) that I'd rather have.

    07 March 2014

  • Amaaazing!

    Josh Harvey

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    First sports 600, definitely made the right choice!

    29 May 2012

  • 1999 Yamaha YZF R6

    DuNkZz1993

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Beautiful

    31 August 2011

  • Quality

    kane h

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Hey, I bought my 99 R6 in july 2010 and since then i cant get enough, it was my first 600 and the bike is bullet proof, all i can say is amazing!

    17 July 2011

  • 2002 R6

    Kando

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Shocked at the speed this bike accelerates it’s a brilliant bike and well worth the money. Picked mine up for £2500 with only 7500 miles on the clock. Complete bargain. If you want a fast bike with excellent handling you can’t go wrong with an R6.

    13 May 2011

  • Awesome Bike

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I Love this bike! I can’t imagine ever wanting to sell it, a definite future classic. The exhaust sound is amazing and it accelerates so hard it can easily keep up with bigger more modern sports bikes so long as you keep up the revs. The R6 handles like a dream and the brakes are good too. The riding position is good for its class defiantly more comfortable than the latest 600’s. If you’re thinking of buying a 600 super sport you can’t go wrong with this bike.

    11 May 2011

  • My '03 R6

    gdembs

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my '03 R6 a year ago in 2007 with only 5,000 miles on it for $5200 - what a great value! I simply cannot believe how much power is available above 10,000 rpms for a 600cc bike. I did level 3 and 4 with Keith Code at Mid-Ohio with my R6, and can't be happier with the performance, especially for what I paid for it. It feels very light and steers quickly and precisely. I can't imagine a better track day bike for $5,000!

    12 December 2008

  • My R6

    Vin Petrol

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I passed my test 6weeks back,first bike is an R6 and i have to say i love it with a passion, i was looking in the Honda direction as i was always a massive Honda car nut but something about the R6 appealed and god am i glad i got it.Mine however has been modified and i do have to be aware that im not on my moto-cross bike at times...but overall id say this bike is perfect for a first bike if given the respect it deserves.

    26 August 2008

  • 1999 Yamaha R6

    Jitzu

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    My first bike was an 1999 R6, I fell in love when I got it and loved it for a number of years b4 selling her and buying an '02 Honda f4i. Im not sure why I find the f4i has better handling but it just seems to be a smoother ride. I wouldnt give the yami a bad review cause it was a great bike for the 3 years that I had it! www.UsedMotorcycleDealers.info

    21 May 2008

  • R6

    FERGY.1

    UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    i'M 5'8'' SHORT ARSE AND THE 1998 BIKE HAD ME ON ONE FOOT. GREAT ON THE ROAD SOME UN RELIABILITY ISSUES LIKE THE GEAR BOX REMINES ME OF THE FZR600. YAMS SEEM TO HAVE A CLUNKY BOX AWKWARD CHANGE AND NOT BULLET PROOF GEAR BOX. PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE THOUGH BUT THEN I'VE ALWAYS LIKED THE YAM'S.

    05 March 2008

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kurtdaniel

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nice bike

30 March 2011 03:02

Jitzu

Jitzusays

Yamaha R6

My first bike was an 1999 R6, I sold it in 2002 and have been riding an '02 Honda F4i which I LOVE more then I loved my R6. I cant describe the difference but feel I have better control on the f4i. I think Honda has become my new love :) www.UsedMotorcycleDealers.info

21 May 2008 18:56

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