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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The 2006 Yamaha R6 was the most high-tech, track focussed motorcycle you could buy when it was released. Technology to put Yamaha’s own R1 of the day to shame, reinforcing 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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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 Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Yamaha YZF-R6 (2006-2007)

Detail Value
New price £7,499
Dealer used prices
£4,030 (2006) - £5,230 (2007)
Private used prices
£3,620 (2006) - £4,880 (2007)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 131 bhp
Top speed 165 mph
Insurance group 15 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 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2006: Yamaha R6 launched (but older model continues alongside).

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.1 secs
Max power 131 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Weight 161 kg
Seat height 850 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, high/low speed compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, high/low speed compression
Front brakes Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(9 reviews)

  • Not what I expected

    tamlin23

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Firstly, I would like to say how high I regard Yamaha with their build quality. I get through a lot of bikes, and none of the Yamaha's I have had have disappointed, but then that is largely the case of all the big four - Yamaha just seem to have that edge. This model R6 is obviously a very good bike, well styled, very adjustable and of course quick! I am 6'1" and found the height of the seat (feet on the ground) to be slightly better than most, though when you aim a foot toward the peg, make sure you are wearing supple leathers, or you may not get there ;-) Saying that, its a sports bike so you buy one of these with a general acceptance its probably not going to be too comfortable. I would say the seat is rather un-necessarily hard though, even for a sport 600, 'plank' seems to spring to mind! When I look at this bike parked beside the other 600's, I would say it looks the most expensive and most elaborately designed of its generation, so if you are all about looks this shall scratch that itch and some. There is nothing else that really stands out to me when riding the bike, which is probably a good thing - it does everything you would expect it to without fuss or drama. The bike is always composed and complements the rider, definitely a bike worth taking on a track day too, just be careful not to spoil its good looks in the gravel...

    16 October 2011

  • 2007 R6

    Edbmxpert

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have had my black 2007 R6 since March and have done over 5000 miles so far. I previously rode a vfr400 nc30 and this bike was the perfect next step. Still small and great fun but with more power and sharper handing. The only reliability issues I have experienced have been minor: -Sticking Exup valve when only ridden below 8000 prm on a hot day. -Rear seat cowling rubbing on fairing, causing scuffing. Dealer replaced fairing and modified mounting points to raise cowling. -Slight splitting on front tyre, replaced by dealer. Engine - Superb. If you are looking for something to potter around town on or do lots of mid revs overtaking, look elsewhere. This needs revs and rewards the rider when you thrash it. Perfect match for the chassis. Fly-by-wire throttle is superb. Enables the rider to get on the gas much earlier than many other bikes meaning corner exit speeds are high. Chassis/handling - Epic corner speeds and so much feedback. Can get away with all sorts of slides and 'moments'. Very stable - only the biggest of bumps gives a wobble, usually just seems to be a reminder that you are holding on too tight. Ride quality is very firm, any bumps will have you kicked up out of your seat but get it on a smooth surface and its very very stable. Slipper clutch is useful and does work reasonably well in the dry. Abuse it in the wet though and you'll have the back tyre locking up. Summary - If you want something to ride 'fast' on the road, tour and ride to work on, look elsewhere. It really needs to be ridden at 8 tenths or more. If you do a few track days and are bit of a hooligan on the road, go for it, you wont regret it for a moment!

    26 August 2007

  • great

    donald alcock

    cambridge , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    this bike is awsome i can beat most people on the big 1000cc bikes cause they cant corner that fast my bike handles so well best bike ive ever ridden

    23 August 2007

  • 06 r6r

    jocasaja

    Average rating rating is 5

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    amazing bike - looks great, handles great, sounds great, great build quality - best bike I have ever had I am 49 years old - and had dozens of bikes - including R1s and GSXrs They have all been very good machines - but I am sure that this is the best of the lot. I am amazed that it is also comfortable for up to 2hrs at a time and I am 6ft tall and 17stone! tried the latest CBR 600 but still prefer the yamaha. Only comfort issue is that it is a bit 'wristy'

    17 May 2007

  • do not pass go, do not collect £200 , go directly to jail...

    steven bayross

    SWINDON

    Average rating rating is 4

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    at 40 years old i was given one of these as a company bike.BEING AN OLD GIT i hated the look of it and i hated the digital speedo but then i rode it!!! 16K REVS , FORMULA ONE SOUND TRACK & riding everywhere flat out like a teenager with the keys to his dads car... like i said" GO TO JAIL"...

    10 May 2007

  • my sexy r6

    habib_iqbal81

    Average rating rating is 5

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    simpley in love with it

    19 March 2007

  • Not as good as the old one

    sirjona

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Found myself having to buy a new bike after the d******d trying to ride his busa in front of me decided to jump off . Anyway bought the new R6 and am just not happy its noisy and not in a nice way like my old micron. I also am experiencing a lot of vibration from the right hand bar bad enough to give pins n needles within thirty minutes. Handling and power wise I quite like it just dont think its as good as my 99 model.

    25 October 2006

  • Yami R6r, the bike not only looks awesome but handles like a dream.

    jcomplin

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    All I heard of peeps when I was considering buying the new Yamaha R6 was that they are to small for 6ft+ (My height 6tf2") it was not till I took the bike out and compared it to the other 600s on the market, that I realised that was a load of rubbish. Its one of the tallest 600 on the market. The bike is awesomely fast and handles great at low/high speeds, throttle response with the Motogp chip is excellent. Strengths: All the new Technology that Yamaha have put on the bike and every time I take it out it never seizes to amaze me. Weaknesses: Screen is a tad low.

    09 October 2006

  • The R6s looks r 2 die for. So much GP technology it will blow ur away

    sam41

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The new r6 is level set for other bikes to aim for. The new throttle allows for smooth acceleration out of the corners. It gives you some heart in the mouth momments when the rear spins up. Strengths: The bikes stength is it is a fab all round bike. Weaknesses: The only thing wrong with this bike is the rear seat the pillion is well sat above the rider.

    20 February 2006

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