June 2009

Dave Moss is pretty much a suspension guru over at crstuning.com. He has written a series of articles on suspension setup that brilliantly explain the complicated procedure of setting up, adjusting, maintaining, and generally loving your suspension. Many a wise old man has told me suspension is the key to going fast, not power, though power helps. Below I am going to list them out. In later posts I will talk about each on individually and how they relate to the R6.

Motorcycles 101 – Understanding Suspension Adjustments, Part 1DSCF4292

Motorcycles 101 – Understanding Suspension Adjustments, Part 2

Motorcycles 101 – Understanding Suspension Adjustments Part 3

Motorcycles 101 – Understanding Suspension Adjustments, Part 4, Forks

Motorcycles 101 – Understanding Suspension Adjustments, Shocks, Part 5

Lowering A Motorcycle

Biketweakers.com also has a great list of settings for different sized riders for different types of riding that is totally worth checking out.

If you are cool then you do a little more than street riding, you get out on the track. If you are double cool you get your mojo, health insurance premiums up, DOT race tires, and go RACE! If you race, you need this.

The Super Deluxe Race Settings Sheet RS1000. Gasp at its elegance, courtesy of our racing friends over at crstuning.com.

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If you fancy yourself hardcore enough for this masterpiece, clicky below.

Race Day Settings Record Sheet.pdf

Checking out our other posts on How To Track Prep A Yamaha R6 and throwing your opinion in on Which Steering Damper Is The Best is another great way to prove your manliness. Just in case. :)

Picture 1Crstuning.com has this fantastic paper for keeping track of all those hard to remember little changes you make during the course of the day. Print of a bunch of these, stick them in a binder, and you’re set!

Clicky below.

Track Day Record Sheet.pdf

Also be sure to check out the Race Day Record Sheet as well. Oh, and How To Prep An R6 For The Track… Musn’t forget the Suspension Set Up Bibles!

Ok, ok, I’m done. I get a little excited with this stuff.

Onthethrottle.com has done an excellent video on how to get your Yamaha R6 ready for the track. Enjoy! Comment below!


Here is a breakdown on what Dave Moss advice.

1. Remove mirrors (10mm) and zip tie windscreen.

2. Tire pressure. Get it exactly right for the brand of tire you have and the temperature of the track. Your track side tired dealer should have the information you need.

3. Tape up all glass and disconnect the electronics via the fuse or physically. Still a good idea to tape up all plastic as well, especially the brake light.

4. Ensure both resiviores for brake fluid are between high and low and there is a proper amount of clean oil in the engine.

5. Chain slack is very important to have right as it can interfer with the susupension and therefor safety. You should have between one and 1/2 inch chain slack. If it is to loose the chain can slip off the rear sprocket and if it is to tight the rear shock will not extend all the way, limiting traction.

6. The suspension is the trickiest and also very important. You definitely should watch the video for this part. Below I have included PDFs of Dave Moss’s articles on suspension setting up. Never force any component and always count the clicks so you know where you are.

7. Tire warmers keep tires at a consistently warm temperature to give full confidence in their traction. Buy some.

There is a ton of crap said about the Yamaha R6 and how the Suzuki GSXR-600, ZX-6, Honda 600RR, etc, is somehow superior in so many ways. I want to take a second to talk about those.

1. The Yamaha R6 is bad/underpowered on the street.

This is an outright fail. This bike is great on the street, just a bit different. You see, you have to analyze these bikes through racing googles. On the race track Yamaha R6’s generally rule. Rider skill has  a lot to do with success but the bike is a great component of success. The R6 has:

1. Knife edge handling. Superior in many ways to is rivals.536264077_72fc431c6c

2. Power at the top of the power band so the bike keeps pulling away on the straights.

These characteristics make for a great sport bike. Keep in mind sport bikes aren’t completely designed for the road so the little quirks that annoy you on the road often will turn out to be advantages on the track, where the bike was designed to shine.

Still, all that being said, the power is just fine around town for the bike to be my daily driver.

If you still have problems with this you can do a 520 sprocket conversion, Power Commander III, and a dyno. That will give you a TON of low end torque.

2. Yamaha R6’s are uncomfortable. The ergonomics suck.

The ergonomics are no worse or better than any other sport bikes. Some fit different sized people better. Yamaha R6’s tend to be a wee bit better for taller people. It’s the nature of the beast, they are all a bit uncomfortable.

However, Moto GP riders are tiny and they throw those big 250 HP bikes around no problem. There is a very critical experience and skill part to getting the bike to handle, not just your size.

3. Yamaha R6’s are unreliable.

False. These days all the major sport bikes are very well built. As a rule, they are all very reliable. I know of some bikes that have done over 50,000 miles.

There are lemons in the bunch but that is nothing specific to a certain brand.

4. The Yamaha R6 is hard to work on.

Granted, if you aren’t a mechanic or don’t have any mechanical inclinations you won’t do well disassembling your bike. But, if you are and you have the power of the internet (this site) and a service manual you can do just about anything yourself. I don’t have a whole lot of experience and here is the latest picture of my bike! Not so hard!

Headers, oil pan, and rear wheel removed.

Headers, oil pan, and rear wheel removed.

It always amazes me that they can build such incredible bikes and make them so easy to work on.

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If you have a myth you want to submit and talk about just comment below! Give me your thoughts!

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