October 2009

Here’s mine. Post links to yours. I’ll make a compilation of all our favorites later.

Deals Gap Solo R6 from The Awesome on Vimeo.

Dirty South – H-Town from MrJay on Vimeo.

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Beautiful picture and beautiful bike!

I bought the R6 because at the time the 2009 models came out I was still riding my ’06 Ninja 250 which was a great first streetbike and had served its purpose well with the almost 20,000 miles I put on it in two and a half years. It was time for an upgrade and I had just been looking around at what was available wondering if I even wanted to get a different bike. Then I saw it. On Yamaha’s page I saw the color scheme for the ’09 Raven R6. Within an hour of doing the math I realized it wasn’t that crazy and that I could easily afford the bike, and it began. I started calling every dealer within a 50 mile radius attempting to get OTD pricing quotes to see where I would be going for a visit. After narrowing it down to one dealer, Montgomeryville Cycle Center in PA, who quoted the lowest OTD price I drove the 50 miles to meet face-to-face with the dealer I spoke to. Within a short time I was told to come back a few days later and they’d have her all set up and ready to go. So on Dec. 22nd 2008 I picked up my brand new 2009 R6. It was about 0 degrees that night but I still thoroughly enjoyed the freezing 50 mile ride on my new bike.

Coming from the 250 there were a lot of obvious improvements from the power to the throttle response to the handling to the functionality of the dash. But my favorite thing about the new bike is the smoothness. There is an obvious “lack” of torque at lower RPMs but when revving towards the redline I get such an indescribable feeling as the bike’s sound goes from a low growl to a high scream and you feel as if the bike you’re riding has changed from a pony into some kind of demon.

r6homeLiving right outside of Philadelphia there isn’t much around in terms of prime riding ground and aside from the couple city rides with groups of friends there have only been a few times where I’ve been able to take the bike out on my favorite country roads and get a little spirited riding in on the twisties. I haven’t wanted to push the bike too far as she is brand new and it is a whole new experience for me so I am taking my time feeling her out.

Unfortunately, no track time, yet(!). There was a lot of confusion about the free NESBA membership and track day with my dealer so I never got the chance to get that and enjoy a free track day on top of the fact that I don’t own a full leather suit which I have been told is required at New Jersey Motorsports Park which would be my local track.


Very cool exposure shot Brandon.

I’ve seen a lot of new riders jump right into supersport 600’s and 1000’s with no riding experience. If you MUST do that please, PLEASE respect the machine. I have lost one friend to inexperience riding, hell, I’ve seen people wreck new bikes pulling out of dealer lots. Take a riders course, learn what you’re getting into. Make sure you have self control! The last point is a big one. I have ridden dirtbikes and threewheelers and quads since I was a kid, I had plenty of time on two wheels. I still chose to start small because I KNEW that I’d get complacent and end up injured or worse. I built my street skills on a machine that wouldn’t allow me to do all the dumb stuff I wanted to do. I learned to get the most out of what I had since I didn’t have a lot. I learned a lot of skills that your average rider unfortunately does not know. Be careful out there and keep the rubber on the road.

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Great job Brandon! It’s a fantastic bike!

Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way first. This stuff is obvious and I’m sure everyone spending good money does them.

  • Read the description completely. Look for ways the wording could have double meaning.
  • Always assume you are getting the bike just as you see it with no gaurentee or warrenty. Even though there may be one make the purchase as if there isn’t one so you don’t get screwed.
  • Ask as many questions as you can think of. Cover every aspect of the bike. If something goes wrong and you have to submit the problem to Ebay you want as big of a paper trail as possible.
  • Analyze the seller feedback. Duh.
  • Know the final cost and if you can cover it. This can include loan fees, delivery fees, and paypal fees.

The attraction to buying on Ebay is the large selection, generally lower prices, and how easy it is to look at so many bikes. You can find anything you could want for your R6 on Ebay also.

I often browse the bikes just to check out all the great deals but it’s hard making a decision on which bike is best. Here are a few ways to find the right bike and just as important, the right seller.r6large

  • The questions you ask should be answered completely. If you sense evasion or incompleteness ask a follow up question for clarifcation. This should either resolve the problem or indicate they are not being truthful.
  • Ask for high resolution pictures from every angle of the bike and all the moving parts. Check for exsessive amounts of dirt in odd places, scratches, and basically anything not mentioned in the ad.
  • Personally, I would never buy a salvaged motorcycle over the internet. To many things to go wrong.

Ebay and Paypal both have excellent buyer protection systems which you can read about here and here respectively.

Here are some of the Yamaha R6’s on Ebay that are being sold soon.

Keith Code is no doubt a legend in the motorcycle racing and safety world. To complement his fantastic series of books, Twist of the Wrist I and II, he is releasing a movie for the visually inclined. To preorder one of these no doubt insightful and helpful DVDs go to Sportbikewrench.com.

Part One: The idea

Part Two: The Making Of

Part Three: Use Of Computer Graphics

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tjUsing certain techniques can greatly increase the longevity and decrease the repair costs of your Yamaha R6. Here are a few of the methods I use to keep my baby in tip top order. I’ve included links to other articles that relate.

The first order of maintaining your motorcycle is not to crash. Ride within your abilities and the constraints of your surroundings.

DrivetrainSuper Bike

Since the Yamaha R6 is quite powerful one of the most vulnerable parts to strain is the drive train. This includes the transmission which is a wet clutch lubricated with the engine oil. Simply put, the less stress subject your drive train to the less wear it will have. [click to continue…]