YAMAHA R6 (2006-2007) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"The most high-tech, track focussed motorcycle you could buy when it was released"

Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle review - Riding

"The most high-tech, track focussed motorcycle you could buy when it was released"

  • At a glance
  • 599cc  -  131 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Medium seat height (850mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 4 out of 5

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 group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

9 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA R6 (2006-2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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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 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.1 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Not what I expected

16 October 2011 by tamlin23

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... Read more 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...

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

2007 R6

26 August 2007 by Edbmxpert

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... Read more 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!

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

great

23 August 2007 by djdougalno1

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 Read more

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

06 r6r

17 May 2007 by jocasaja

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... Read more 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'

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

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

10 May 2007 by araijazz

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... Read more his dads car... like i said" GO TO JAIL"...

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

my sexy r6

19 March 2007 by habib_iqbal81

simpley in love with it Read more

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

Not as good as the old one

25 October 2006 by sirjona

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... Read more 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.

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

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

09 October 2006 by jcomplin

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... Read more 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.

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

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

20 February 2006 by sam41

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.... Read more Weaknesses: The only thing wrong with this bike is the rear seat the pillion is well sat above the rider.

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

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2007
Original price £7,499
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 131 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 161kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, high/low speed compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, high/low speed compression
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

None.

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