2012 Yamaha R6

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!