Riding Your R6

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

Golden glowing beams piercing directly

Sun pouring generously

Pavement trailing endlessly

Sold my love down the road while back

Miss her and want her back

Her unsubtle scream makes me tingle

The metallic intoxicant I crave

Icy air would blow unnoticed

Her love would stay the chill

Have any photos of your bike in the sunrise? Upload it to the Yamaha R6 album!

There may have been too little time for this Gixxer rider to speed away but it still serves as a great object lesson.

Here are a few safety tips when stopping in traffic.

1. Always keep an eye on traffic in your mirror. Make sure the nose on that Nissan Armada is dipping, otherwise you may become a new hood ornament.

2. Keep the bike in gear. We know it’s a pain but we also know it takes half a millenium to get into gear while you watch headlights screech towards you in the dark. Popping the clutch out is way easier than getting the bike into gear under stress. When you are under stress you lose your precise motor function. That’s why doing little things when under pressure is so difficult.

3. Have an escape route. Don’t put yourself right in the middle of the lane looking at the backside of a car. Offset yourself so if the car behind you does get ornery all you have to do is pop the clutch and get beyond the next car.

4. I bought the Motodynamics Integrated Taillight for my R6 and loved it. It had a sweet feature that it blinked the brake light when ever I touched the brakes. This got people’s attention. I received comments everywhere about how easy it was to notice I was slowing down. If you don’t have any awesomeness like that, just flash your brakes as cars approach you to get them to notice you.

Studying the mistakes of others is a great way to learn without the usual pain. The playlist below shows riders crashing for all sorts of reasons.

The 1st few crashes (Into the corner) looked like the repaving spot had a bump cause everytime they came off it, it upset the rear and they lost it.

Next few (Out of the corner) looked like they were on the gas too hard too early.

I see a lot of target fixation in these videos, and just about everyone had their knee out, but their head directly above the tank. Kiss the mirror! I miss that road sometimes, but don’t miss the squids.

There are sure a lot of real dumb people out there. Shorts, tee shirts, tennis shoes, why not just take a belt sander to yourself. All though I can see some one wearing that gear if on a short ride, but pushing a bike through the twisties? Thats just asking for it.

Have you ever been in a wreck? What happened and what do you do now to avoid the situation?


For 2006-2009 Yamaha R6 (Non S)

The purpose of this modification is to invert the shift pattern which makes shifting up faster because you don’t have to move your foot  over your shifter every time you want to shift up.

This mod does not work for S model Yamaha R6’s because the shift rod on the newer models does not go through the frame as it does on the “S” models. The R1 linkage also goes through the frame. To complete this mod on an R1 or R6S you will need an aftermarket shift rod or rear set that support GP shift.

This is the shift rod.

For 2006 and 2007 year R6’s you will also need to shave a tad bit off the middle fairing to have it fit correctly.

You will need a 10mm wrench for this modification.


1. Disconnect the 10mm bolt that connects the shift linkage to the transmission and remove it.

2. Pull the linkage off the rod and turn it 180 degrees.

3. Reattach the linkage, being sure to retighten the bolt.

TADA! Completo! Bravo!

There is no real downside to this modification. Another great mod in conjunction with this is rear sets. I recommend the Giles Rearsets because they save 2 lbs and have 13 position settings as well as accomodate the GP shift mod.