March 2011

Colin is obviously very passionate about his R6 and riding. His 2007 R6 sports an Ackrapovic slip on with removed baffles, integrated turn signals with resistors for a slower flash rate, and a disconnected EXUP. The pipe sound is a treat! even better with the baffles out, it was pretty simple to fit. Disconnect the EXUP valve, remove the old muffler, and slipp the new one on. Simple as that, it looks the biz!

The lighting set up was bought from D2moto.com in the USA at a cost of $60. Once again fairly simple to fit, everything that was needed was supplied. Colin opted to upgrade the resistors that are needed to slow the flash rate down. “My fave mod has to be the lights on mine, probably because I’ve not seen another R6 with them on! I must be the first!”  As you can see he has also done away with the rear indicators.

Colin and his mates (Remember this is the UK… They talk… Different ) like nothing more than getting out on the bikes on weekends and doing a few hundred miles. Every year they go over to Northern Ireland for the Northwest 200 Motorcycle races. Often on race days they go out riding on some brilliant twisty roads.

Unfortunately Colin has not had the privilege of running his beloved machine at a track due to limited track days from noise pollution regulation. Further tracks would require extensive travel.

In Britain it’s not such an easy thing to get an R6 when you’re young. The testing is more rigorous than in the USA and only after riding safely for a number of years can you ride an unrestricted, full power motorcycle. You can ride up to a 125cc on a provisional license before you have passed the test and are restricted to 33 BHP in larger bikes for two years after the test. Of course, Colin has been riding for quite a while and has no need for a stinking BHP restrictor! Some say he is the Stig! All we know is that blue Yamaha 2007 R6 is worthy of Bike of the Week. Congrats Colin!

Remember, to submit your bike for Bike of the Week and compete for Bike of the Month just email lots of details, pictures, and videos to admin@r6blog.com.

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Ride safe fellow R6’ers!

The wheelie around turn 7!

4theriders.com has produced some great little riding films, including one from the recently featured Yamaha Champions Riding School (who is also having a sweepstakes for a free two days of training there). I decided to post this video for is simple comedic effect. It’s very well produced like many of their films. If you have done any club racing or track days you will know just how fast and smooth these guys look in the video.

One thing that slightly perplexes me is that you don’t really see all the mistakes listed at the end while watching. Perhaps I can get 4theriders.com to shed some light on this little conundrum. Anyways, enjoy.

UPDATE:

After going through 4theriders’s videos I also decided to post this hugely inspirational video produced in the context of motorcycle racing we can all enjoy.

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Oh and you can find more great sportbike videos by Seppes, here.

Till later, keep the shiny side up!

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