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This doesn’t even deserve much of a write up. Yamaha is getting lazy. The 2012 Yamaha R6 features BOLD NEW GRAPHICS!!! and that’s about it.  It’s been essentially the same bike for six years now. Yes, it handles well. But come on!

The R1 video trumpets how Yamaha has won AMA, WSBK, and MotoGP with their bikes recently. OH REALLY!? Where is the trickle down tech? Who cares if you win and your street bikes don’t improve? Isn’t that the point?

Same R1, same R6. At least the pictures the released will make good backgrounds.

I would like to remind Yamaha that they made this commercial once upon a time.

Here you can see a gallery of the 2012 Yamaha R6 and the bold new graphics.

I’m not sure what the plan was, but it doesn’t go so well. Fortunately he got away with a broken wrist.

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.

If you are viewing this from the RSS feed, Facebook (60k of you are), or email just click on the photo to be redirected to the video.

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

Till later, keep the shiny side up!

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The 2011 Yamaha R6 has an advertised lean angle of 57 degrees, one more than the very capable 2011 Yamaha R1. Anyone want go guess what the 2011 Yamaha M1 is capable of? I’d say Lorenzo has to be well into the 60 degree range.

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