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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.

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!

Eric wood, who owns Woodcraft Technologies, has graciously agreed to donate a Woodcraft shirt as the prize for our monthly contest. You can add your photo of your Yamaha R6 here and vote on the bike you like best.

Monthly Yamaha R6 Photo Competition Link

*Only US residents are eligible for the Woodcraft Technologies Shirt due to shipping costs. If you win and still want to receive the shirt we can work out something on shipping.

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This month’s Bike of the Month is a beautiful red 2007 Yamaha R6 with a Powercommander V, MJS Headers/Midpipe, Leo Vince SBK Slip on, 6000K HID’s, white Angel eyes, Audi running lights, Stebel Nautilus Airhorn, Carbon, Carbon, and more Carbon!

We like it! Keep them coming! Upload a picture of your bike at http://r6blog.com/yamaha-r6-of-the-month/.

We are having a competition among our readers to see who has the best looking/best modded bike. We will be doing this each month. Come check it out!

The winning Yamaha R6 will be featured on the front page! I’m also going to be working on prizes. :)


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