Top 4 Myths About The Yamaha R6

There is a ton of crap said about the Yamaha R6 and how the Suzuki GSXR-600, ZX-6, Honda 600RR, etc, is somehow superior in so many ways. I want to take a second to talk about those.

1. The Yamaha R6 is bad/underpowered on the street.

This is an outright fail. This bike is great on the street, just a bit different. You see, you have to analyze these bikes through racing googles. On the race track Yamaha R6’s generally rule. Rider skill has  a lot to do with success but the bike is a great component of success. The R6 has:

1. Knife edge handling. Superior in many ways to is rivals.536264077_72fc431c6c

2. Power at the top of the power band so the bike keeps pulling away on the straights.

These characteristics make for a great sport bike. Keep in mind sport bikes aren’t completely designed for the road so the little quirks that annoy you on the road often will turn out to be advantages on the track, where the bike was designed to shine.

Still, all that being said, the power is just fine around town for the bike to be my daily driver.

If you still have problems with this you can do a 520 sprocket conversion, Power Commander III, and a dyno. That will give you a TON of low end torque.

2. Yamaha R6’s are uncomfortable. The ergonomics suck.

The ergonomics are no worse or better than any other sport bikes. Some fit different sized people better. Yamaha R6’s tend to be a wee bit better for taller people. It’s the nature of the beast, they are all a bit uncomfortable.

However, Moto GP riders are tiny and they throw those big 250 HP bikes around no problem. There is a very critical experience and skill part to getting the bike to handle, not just your size.

3. Yamaha R6’s are unreliable.

False. These days all the major sport bikes are very well built. As a rule, they are all very reliable. I know of some bikes that have done over 50,000 miles.

There are lemons in the bunch but that is nothing specific to a certain brand.

4. The Yamaha R6 is hard to work on.

Granted, if you aren’t a mechanic or don’t have any mechanical inclinations you won’t do well disassembling your bike. But, if you are and you have the power of the internet (this site) and a service manual you can do just about anything yourself. I don’t have a whole lot of experience and here is the latest picture of my bike! Not so hard!

Headers, oil pan, and rear wheel removed.

Headers, oil pan, and rear wheel removed.

It always amazes me that they can build such incredible bikes and make them so easy to work on.


If you have a myth you want to submit and talk about just comment below! Give me your thoughts!

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