YAMAHA R6 (1998-2003) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Sexy, uber-capable track bike that works on the road, too"

Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle review - Riding

"Sexy, uber-capable track bike that works on the road, too"

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

There is something very satisfying about riding a bike as analogue as the R6. If you want a cheap track hack, a cosmetically tatty carbed R6 would fit the bill perfectly, while those wanting a budget supersport bike with a bit of spirit should also give one a go.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Yamaha YZF-R6 loves to rev – a 15,500 rpm redline was high for the time. As with a two-stroke you need to be heavy on the revs and clutch at low rpm to get going. Hit 6000rpm and the R6 wakes up, driving strongly as long as you are hard on the gasbefore the next kick in power at 10,000rpm where it really takes off towards its 15,500rpm redline.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

48 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA R6 (1998-2003) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA R6 (1998-2003)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.0 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.0 out of 5
4 out of 5

09 July 2017 by michael hayes

cracking bike rev manic rocket, but lacks tractability around town have, to change gear, a little often, favour zx6r for town.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

WHITE & RED 99 5EB R6

06 February 2016 by Justin

Nice wee bikes, I've owned most late 90's bikes and this is the fastest but personally I enjoyed my GSXR 600 SRAD more, I enjoyed both of them more. The R6 build quality is shabby, thin low quality fairing (yes as standard). My Verdict is the Honda CBR600 F3 98 model is comfier a tad slower but not much, makes every day riding easy, if your wanting this R6 as an everyday bike go for it, I'm only 5ft6 and I didn't find it cramped in any way. Infact this is more comfy to ride than a SRAD. Very quick for a pre-injection 600! below 6k there is nothing what so ever, but but twist the throttle, be committed to every corner and you'll be trying to have fun and not lose your license at the same time haha! Oh and lets face it the 5EB is the best looking pre 2000 600cc supersports.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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3 out of 5

The Emperor's Clothes

03 November 2015 by Loz

The voice of reason

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
The bike is probably best when it is stationery. My bike was horribly unstable at speed and refused to hold a line in corners. This was with new Pilot 2cts at the correct pressures. No doubt it would have benefitted from a suspension fettle but I was so underwhelmed by the engine I decided to just sell the bike.
Engine
3 out of 5
Definite powerband starting around 8.5k revs, which makes road riding a pain in the butt at times as the midrange is really poor. It's not just me that thinks this, check online reviews elsewhere.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
I was very impressed with the build quality of this bike I have to say, although the rectifier packed up. (but I only had the bike for four months)
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
It has everything a sportbike needs and nothing more. Digital dash is clear and well thought out.
Buying experience

Bought privately for 1900 in red. Average mileage but overall a very clean bike.

5 out of 5

07 August 2015 by Gazza

My first big bike. Excellent choice. Handles well, deliveres all the power when you need it. Pure fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

33bhp->108bhp

07 March 2014 by chazmeercat

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Amaaazing!

29 May 2012 by Harvey11

First sports 600, definitely made the right choice!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

1999 Yamaha YZF R6

31 August 2011 by DuNkZz1993

Beautiful

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Quality

17 July 2011 by kaneh

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

2002 R6

13 May 2011 by Kando

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Awesome Bike

11 May 2011 by Anonymous

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My '03 R6

12 December 2008 by gdembs

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

My R6

26 August 2008 by Vin Petrol

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

1999 Yamaha R6

21 May 2008 by Jitzu

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

R6

05 March 2008 by FERGY.1

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

R6

06 February 2008 by r6angelbaby

i love the R6,its the best 600 i couldve ever chosen as a first bike! Its reliable and very comfortable. Small and girly i think too. well worth the money i paid out for her. Shesw very nippy and just love the way it sounds. a very fun bike to start of with!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

2000 r6

07 November 2007 by estwinguk

after a gap of 10yrs i got back into biking ,first with an 01 zx6r nice machine but i didnt get on with the handling,then got the r6 ,cant fault it put on a damper ,new pair of bt014s .handlings superb .theres more than enough power and if ya wind it up goes into warp drive .ive had it a year always starts on the button .all in all for some one looking at getting a user freindly sports bike i would highly recormend one of these.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Comfy ride

17 September 2007 by xxxridemexxx

Great steering, easy handling Over all a fun ride. Bit nicer on the track than on a dirt road though! Taking it off the track I'd recommend a new seat or you could wind up with a very sore bum

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

new on a r6

08 July 2007 by andy7rd

the reson i learnt to ride was cause i had seen the r6 so the day i passed i brought one every one seid IT' THOUGH YOU OFF IN A HEART BEAT (even the man i had it off cheers mate!!!!) i'v taken it realy easy with iv found it comfortable for me and my pillion it got all the power i need and handles great fast and responsive so im two weeks in to rideing now heres hopeing it doesnt spit me off in a heart beat from what iv can see if it happens its my fault not the bike they go slow as well as fast the bike does'nt decide i do so over all im happy i lisened to my self and didnt get put off

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

The best pre 2005 600 I've ridden. Try before you buy.

21 July 2006 by andyadny

I'm 5'6" tall and found the R6 quite comfortable. It feels like the fastest 600 out there although I haven't ridden the 2003 zx636. I think that the tank is fairly short so I don't get the usual; back pain. I owned a gsxr 600 k1 and it was awful. It didn't handle had no low down guts and was like a torture rack for my back. Could have been the set up by previous owner that made the handling and power so bad. Much faster and lighter than a pre 2002 zx6r and much more exciting than a older cbr. The handling is excellent it feels light and flick-able. Mine has loads of low down grunt. Not sure if the gearing (front rear sprockets) has been down geared. The gearbox is terrible between 1st and second. If buying get a test ride and if it jumps out of second while being revved go find another one to look at. Can bump about a bit over bumps around corners but I've got used to it. Low speed turns ie u turns on mini roundabouts can find you banging your thumbs against the side of the tank. Strengths: Power, light weight, handling. Weaknesses: Gearbox between 1st and second can be iffy. Low speed tight turns need care.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

29 October 2005 by minty69

Passed my Direct Access in 2000 Jumped straight on an R6 everyone said "It'll spit you off" but it can be the most forgiving bike or a right bastard depends on your right wrist. 5 years later still going strong love it, fast, manic and still whoops the new 600's. Strengths: Reliable, Fast, Comfortable. Weaknesses: Clunky gearbox.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

After 4 years on a Honda VFR400 (NC30) I decided it was time to step up to a sports 600.

13 July 2005 by brandsnc30

After much deliberation between a CBR/GSXR/ZX6R/R6, the latter fitted almost every criteria within my £3500-4000 price range and is a bike I've always wanted to own since it was launched. The R6 is utterley gorgeous, unlike the gixxers it looks totally unique. When I bought the bike the handling was a bit nervous to say the least, I think the previous owner had been 'fiddling'. However, a few adjustments to the suspension (thanks to an MCN supplement I had kept from a couple of years ago) and it's now absolutely spot-on (well done MCN). So far I've had no major head shakes and don't consider a steering damper necessary. The only changes from standard are a road-legal Micron Delta+ exhaust to enhance the sound and some clear indicator lenses. Nothing else is required - just get on and ride it. Can't wait to take it round Brands Indy circuit to properly compare the handling to my old NC30. Strengths: Looks, performance, handling, the size (it's tiny!), and it?s relatively comfy for a sportsbike. Weaknesses: Low-speed handling (but that's not what I bought it for!!).... oh, and the standard exhaust looks too big.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Delicious looking track bike

10 November 2004 by flashboyuk

As a relatively new rider I had always fancied an R6, but decided to play it safe and serve a years apprenticeship on a 600 Hornet. Safe to say that I was overjoyed when I purchased a mint condition R6 at the end of year one. With a few cosmetic mods the bike looks the tits, however I made the classic decision of ignoring the reviewers comments, 'that this bike was made for the track'. The R6 is scorching at high revs, however cornering on B roads is hard work and you always seem to be between gears. I love the build quality, styling and top end power, however I would have prefered more low revs power. If only Yamaha still manufacturered a 750cc sports! Strengths: Top End - Captain Kirk, Scotty and Spock will be joining you as you reach the red line and enter Warp Speed. Good looking too! Weaknesses: The only weaknesses of the R6 is low down grunt! Whilst this is not a V-Twin, the power at low revs is virtually non-existent.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Great handling bike combined with excellent brakes and engine-especially above 10+

01 July 2004 by Katohfan

The handling of this bike is fantastic as you can carry alot more corner speed than a big thou, meaning u can mix it with the big boys, until the straights that is, the engine is great too especially at 10+ which sounds lovely when a race can is fitted. Strengths: Brakes, engine, hadling, build quality. Weaknesses: Clunkiness in the gearbox between first and second.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

20 November 2002 by chrisnic

Used every day for 2 years (through the winter also) absolutely 100% reliable and bullet proof ? The best sports bike I have ridden so far, a true 'one on one' experience.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

23 August 2002 by martinerasmus

The bike is great, really fun above 10k rpm. Did trip to france 1700 miles in 5 days, not that uncomfortable and had loads of fun. Don't like the head shakes.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

31 July 2002 by klink

I have had bike since new and had micron fitted and the sound is awesome, the metzler tyre has added a new demension to the bike bike soften the dampening at the front one can corner with greater confidence and speed. Check out these tyres you wont be disapointed. Looking forward to sept 2003 new f/inj model.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

28 July 2002 by gazzasam

This is my first sports bike after riding a GPX 250 for a few years and all I can say is wow. The bike handles,moves and stops incredibly. Maybe I will think differently after a couple of years but I really dont think I will feel the need for a litre sports bike. But as they say NEVER SAY NEVER. If you are in the market for a 600 an R6 will not disappoint. I am anxiously waiting for the arrival of the all new 2003 model, because if it is as good as reports suggest then I will be at the front of the queue.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

02 July 2002 by apricot

Quicker than zx6r cramped twitchy front end when accelerating hard. Drops into bends easily. Lovely engine. Looks the bollocks. Wrists getting used to weight on them. Couldnt be arsed to run it in any more than 200 miles. Takes getting used to after zx6r.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

30 June 2002 by stozzer

Love it to bits. Thought about moving to an R1, test rode one for a day, but was glad to get on my R6.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

11 June 2002 by gsxrheaven

Love the bike so quick and responsive.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

22 April 2002 by shabba2

Great bike, I sold my '00 GSXR750 for it. Bike is near as fast and handles much better for me. Best bike I have ridden, better than an R1.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

18 April 2002 by woza

This is my second R6. The first was a 99 model which I had in the UK. The first time I rode it quick was to mallory and found the light front and slight head shake a bit unsettling from my previuos 98 ZX6RG1. I also found it difficult to steer slowly (u turns etc) particularly right compared to the Kwak however I've never tired of it's looks. The light front and head shake is now an attraction and after a couple of track days I now feel very confident with the whole set up. My new R6 has endured the crap bumpy roads of Sydney commuting to work and will see it's first visit to Eastern Creek race track in May.  Bring it on.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

17 April 2002 by fragdeath

Not as mad as last bike an R1 but just as much fun as slightly lower speeds.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

05 April 2002 by rmop1

Love this bike, best sports bike I have owned. It is very easy to ride and lovely to look at.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

11 January 2002 by Carrera4

Luvley jubley.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

08 January 2002 by etlggwn

Bike very quick to turn. Dropped the forks 10mm and changed standard suspension to stop head shakes.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

04 November 2001 by windsurfer

I was not happy with the bike until I changed the suspension to the PB settings mentioned in the R6 talk bike section. This transformed the bike. The bike is now much more planted during hard acceleration and holds a sweet predictable line through corners (If you are running wide, it is not you bottling it, it's the bike, trust me!).

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

23 October 2001 by scott dawkins

WHO SAYS THEY'RE UNCOMFY ? I'M 6FT AND 15 STONE AND I CAN RIDE IT ALL DAY LONG, IF ONLY I CAN GET THE FRONT WHEEL TO STAY ON THE ROAD.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

19 October 2001 by andy perks

Love it. Build quality seems good. Kills my wrists. Looks mean. Goes fast. Roll on summer ffs!!!!!!!!!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

15 October 2001 by Pete Mitton

What can be said that hasn't already, best bike I have ever bought. The only bad thing is it plays havoc with your wrists.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

02 August 2001 by Ultraviolet

Swapped it for an R1 two weeks ago, for more low down power/ midrange and got it! But... the R6 has better brakes (maybe still bedding in the R1`s), and can definitely change direction mid corner faster than anything I`ve ever ridden (except my FS1E). The R6 did seem less stable at high speed than the R1. If you're thinking of buying one ....just do it. Mine will be missed!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

28 May 2001 by painter

Great sports bike one up not for the steady rider need a rest after 40 miles or so but great fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

My Review

20 May 2001 by ajsr6

The worst thing about my bike is the gearbox shifting from first to second gear nearly rips my toes from my foot and the noise from doing so is like a bag of spanners in a blender! apart from that its brilliant!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

16 May 2001 by stevieR6

This bike has been ok. I am on my 2nd R6 as with the first one I broke 2 crankshafts within 3000 miles. so I am wary of reliability with this one. I feel that corrosion is bad on footrests, brackets etc but that may be due to me living in north Scotland.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

My Review

14 April 2001 by drfbxxx

I like the fact that this bike looks so good, handles so well, and has so much power.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

My Review

28 February 2001 by Russell Bellinger

I love the look of it and the screaming banshee howl when I ring its neck. The response is still awesome when the revs are high but I think I need more low down grunt now so I may trade for an RSV or a Blade [ if Honda can sort the colour scheme ]. 100% reliable, its a joy.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

My Review

28 February 2001 by dazzie

Love the bike to bits, awesome. Came with the rubber around the left wingmirror loose, as was the black plastic above the left ram air feed. At first service pointed these faults out twice to Carnell and still they weren't fixed. Took them an hour to adjust the front headlights. Passenger footpegs and end can already starting to corrode, despite regular cleaning.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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3 out of 5

My Review

28 February 2001 by Richard Green

The R6 is an excellent bike. Although I would consider myself a steady rider, the bike has never given me any dodgy moments. The power is excellent above 8000 rpm and the steering is quite quick, which I like. The weight is also a great advantage, only 165 Kgs ish.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2003
Original price -
Used price £2,200 to £6,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £62
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 169kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 298mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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