Purchasing An R6

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.

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.


I get emails from readers asking this question a lot. I figured I’d post this to help some of you make the decision. Keep in mind this isn’t a absolute rule but more guidelines. You can, or not, depending on who you are. You have to make that decision.

Here is a letter from Louis who is considering an R6.

I always wanted a motorcycle and a few months ago I saw an R1 and felt in love with it. So then I saw the R6 and thought it would be a great beginners bike.

I just wanted to hear your opinion. I’m a college freshman and my only experience is on ATV, I had a Banshee and a few other things but never a motorcycle…


Thanks for the question Louis!

That’s a hard question you ask my friend. Ultimately you have to make the call. Basically it depends how mature you are. That may differ from how mature you think you are. I don’t mean to patronize but these bikes are wicked fast in the control of an experienced riders and literal death machines for newbies. The more I learned about these bikes and how much capability they have the less I think they are suited at all for new riders.

That said, the R6 handles better than the R1 since it’s a bit smaller and lighter but it doesn’t have the power of the liter bike. Since you haven’t ridden these bikes that probably isn’t very easy to comprehend. I know experienced riders who were scared by how much power the R1 has. It’s mental. It’s not a joke. New riders get hurt all the time on fast bikes like these. I say that only as a word of caution. It’s easy to think how cool they are and think nothing bad will happen.

I was plenty happy with the R6. I have since sold it. It is very fast and more importantly to me, very agile. I am pretty competent and still could not use the full potential of the bike in the corners. Anyone can go fast in a straight line.

I would recommend getting a smaller bike for your first bike. There is a lot to learn about motorcycling safely. That is, if you want to live healthily a long time. I’ve got serious back problems so I take safety and education very seriously.

There are a plethora of great, cheap, reliable, and easy to ride bikes. Don’t feel like you are above these bikes. I guarantee an experienced rider can whip you with a little bike like this if you don’t have training.

How these bikes preform is completely up to you. If you are idiotic and egotistical (a common trait in sportbikers) you may impress some people but probably won’t be long for riding, or even life. If you are humble, teachable, and self disciplined you will learn how to ride safely and fast. I find that sort of individual to be the most impressive.

To sum things up:

1. Get a small bike like a Ninja 650 etc to learn on.

2. Read books on motorcycle safety. http://r6blog.com/top-nine-instructional-motorcycle-racing-books/

3. Keep you ego in check whatever you do.

4. Learn from a competent rider. Be selective, age and experience are things I look for.

5. Enjoy!

It is possible to learn street riding on a fast sportbike but I wouldn’t recommend it and there’s a good chance your beloved bike will end up in a insurance salvage yard and you in the hospital. Consider all the consequences of you actions.

Good luck! I’d love to see the photos of what you get!



UPDATE: Bike has been sold.

I’m selling my well maintained 2006 Yamaha R6. $6000 or best offer. I love my bike and I hope you will as well.

Photo gallery of the bike.

Meticulous record of maintenance. I have all receipts.
  • 11XXX miles (on a well maintained bike this is nothing). The bike won’t need serious maintenance for another 7,000 miles, which will be the replacement of spark plugs. These bikes are remarkably gentle on the wallet.
  • Turn key, needs no work
  • Motodynamics Integrated Taillight
  • Shogun Sliders
  • Fender Eliminator
  • Comes with Joe Rocket Tank Bag, Fieldsheer Expandable Saddlebags, Joe Rocket Tail Bag, and a Bulldog rear stand
  • Comes with two extra sets of super grippy Pirelli Supercorsa III tires. These were tires that were raced on but retain several thousand road miles and have awesome handling. Each set runs about $450 new. In my opinion this is the best way to get tires.
  • Have riding gear in brand new shape
    • Joe Rocket Leather Jacket (Size 44)
    • Alpinestars Jacket (size small)
    • Fieldsheer Leather Track Pants (size 32)
    • Dainese Hellfire Gloves (size medium)
    • Alpinestars SMX-5 boots (size 43)
    • Scorpion EXO-1000 Helmet (size medium)
    • Alpinestars Back Protector

This is a turnkey setup.

I am the owner of R6Blog.com which is a site dedicated to the ownership and operation of the Yamaha R6. I am deeply passionate about motorcycles and it breaks my heart to sell my bike. I’ll get another one once I’m done with school. Honestly, I’d rather sell one of my eyes than my beloved bike but I don’t know who would buy the eye.

Also, if someone is interested in taking my place as writer for informational Yamaha R6 articles please contact me. I don’t want to see all the hard work here go to waste simply because I sell my bike.

You can contact me at (208) 449-1693 or email at tjkastning@gmail.com. My name is TJ.

Along with a passion for motorcycles I also love photography. I have compiled a few of my favorite photos of my bike, slapped the site logo on it, and ordained it WALLPAPER!

Click on the inordinately sized thumbnails to see the full sized version.

If you have some Yamaha R6 photos you think are awesome and the world needs as wallpaper send it to me in email at admin@r6blog.com. If anything I love looking at great pictures. Perhaps we will have a photo competition… Hmmm…