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It’s common knowledge both Ben Spies (my favorite) and Jorge Lorenzo have a great shot at the world title again. Not that the competition won’t be fierce. Casey is looking wicked fast on the Honda and Simoncelli has set down fastest lap times. It will be closely contested.

So far Yamaha hasn’t announced a sponsor. This is unusual due to Yamaha’s good chances at the world championship and last years success. We’ll see if this changes Yamaha’s development budget.

Usually a bike will be named after it’s sponsor. For example: Pramac Ducati or Sterilgarda Yamaha. Basically advertising for the sponsor.

I’ve been working with Eric Wood, owner of Woodcraft Technologies, on writing some informative articles on tasteful, useful, and safe modifications for your bike. I think you would like to read about each product, how it can enhance your bike, and what makes that product better than others. Kinda like getting the down low from a manufacturer. Eric is a great guy and I’m going to be very embarrassed if you all don’t appreciate his contribution. The guy does a lot for motorsport. HECK, there are more than 55,000 readers. If you folks could just thanks him for his time and effort I will… Ummmm… Keep writing. Seriously, it’s audience participation that keeps me going here.

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Thanks folks, happy holidays.

What do you want from the next iteration of R6? There are rumors floating about that it’s going to be a MotoGP look-alike. I find this hard to believe. While that design may be some percentage more aerodynamic than the current sporty look it won’t help sales as much as a baddass looking bike.

It’s also completely true (I’ve talked to people in Yamaha) that the R6 is NOT getting a cross-plane crankshaft. The engine size just won’t support it. I’m not a mechanical engineer so I have to take their word for it. I don’t think they would shoot that idea down if it weren’t untrue.

Yamaha is going to have some serious competition from the other manufacturers. Suzuki just slashed 20 pounds (410 lb. curb weight!) off the GSXR-600 and finally added some full sized brakes. Apparently Suzuki isn’t resting on their 300,000 bikes sold laurels. Smart move.  Kawasaki, I can’t tell if they’ve done anything. Fail. Honda continues to innovate with ABS, electronic steering dampers, but like Yamaha, pushed their “new” bike back a year.

I’d like to see something besides “bold new graphics.”

What’s your wish list for this new bike? Updated look? New engine? Better suspension?

P.S. On a somewhat unrelated note I haven’t written about any reader rides lately. I’d like to. Send me your detailz, picz, vidz, and anything else that may make your bike look AWESOME! My email is admin@r6blog.com.

Cheers!

I’ll keep this simple. Go here: http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/feedback/yamaha_giveaway2.aspx?ev=10R1FastlaneSweepstakes

Fill it out. Win. Simple as that. Don’t say I never did anything nice for you. I could have kept this to myself.

I myself think that R1 is unbelievably gaudy but I want an R1. Beggars can’t be choosers.

Oh and a few details that might make you mad. Only for US Residents and over 21. Have a good one.

I’m not going to make a big deal out of this because I think there is a good chance it’s just rumor. MCN, also known as the Motorcycle National Inquirer has reported the 2011 Yamaha R6 will be delayed a year. They claim they get this from people in the supply chain. I have no information to prove or disprove.

This delayed incoming bike is reported to look like Yamaha’s MotoGP bike and take a lot of the features. Once again I find that hard to believe as the MotoGP is all form and no function. For a road going bike it’s a little bland.

Actually, on second thought I have someone I may call…

Anyways, weigh in. With over 40,000 readers someone has to know something right?

UPDATE: I checked the Yamaha Motorcycle site and found the 2011 bike quite similar to the 2010. Perhaps there is a grain of truth. http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelhome/8/0/home.aspx