Brandon’s 2009 Yamaha R6

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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.

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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!

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