Yamaha YZF-R6 Reviews

2005 Yamaha YZF-R6 from Canada

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 kilometres
Most recent distance26500 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamha YZF-R6

Summary:

R6's are awesome, and I would buy a Yamaha product again in a heartbeat!

Faults:

The only thing that went wrong with the bike was due to my stupidity. I had a couple of extra keys cut over the winter, not realizing that the original was chipped. Could not start the bike, so had it trucked to a shop. After they checked a few potential problems, they realized that I was trying to use a key that would never work. Brought in the original key and it fired up right away!

General Comments:

The bike is quick and handles well. It's my second R6, so no complaints from me in those departments.

Long distance riding, not so much. After 250km and a tank of gas, I needed a serious break as the comfort level due to the riding position was poor to say the least. Riding in the city though is no problem when it comes to comfort.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2013

2002 Yamaha YZF-R6 from Australia

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 kilometres
Most recent distance16000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha DT175

Summary:

Will reward you for fast corners with a smile on your face

Faults:

The horn stopped working due to a screw that worked itself loose. Absolutely no other issues or gremlins.

General Comments:

This is a highly focused sports bike and heaps of fun on windy roads. Unfortunately its trade off is that it is very painful as a tourer. I'm unable to ride longer than an hour before having to stop for a break.

Not recommended for learner riders or inner city dwellers, since it has terrible turning circle (worse than other 600cc sports bikes) and the throttle does not detect small throttle angles.

Before owning the R6, I had not been riding motorcycles for 10 years. The only motorcycles I have ridden were a 75cc Yamaha scooter (1 year) and a Yamaha DT-175 trail bike (6 months).

I'm a light male who weighs 60kg. It was a necessity for me to adjust the suspension settings, as the factory settings were so firm that the bike would occasionally bounce off of road repairs, cause the wheels to leave the ground and buzz up the engine revs.

As a novice rider, the R6 is an easy sports bike to learn at road speeds since the power is predictable and anemic at low RPM. The engine is absolutely wild at high RPM and will rip your arms out. There's easily enough power from a standing start to lighten the front wheel and induce a small wobble when trying to accelerate whilst performing a slight turn.

The chassis and suspension is so confidence inspiring, that long and extended wobbles will not bother me. I've also recovered from a slide which occurred mid corner whilst at massive lean angle caused by a small patch of loose gravel, which slid the front wheel, then the rear. I have never felt my body so close to the ground or in such a slide, but recovered amazingly quick and natural, then zipped off before the city traffic caught up.

I agree with a previous review's (the 2000 YZF-R6) comments, the R6 feels perfect for riders who like to hang off the bike. Stability during mid corner and exit is very confidence inspiring. Corner entry, especially when I travel on random/unfamiliar roads, is not as good as mid-corner handling, since the R6 tends to under steer, and is not very forgiving if you mess up the braking and have to wrestle the bike to lean it over (especially for you are a 60kg rider who has no formal rider training).

This bike is highly enjoyable for all levels of riders. Just don't rely on your bacon to get saved if you are late braking whilst riding at the limit (of your tyres or confidence).

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2011

2004 Yamaha YZF-R6 from United States of America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance23000 miles

Summary:

Light and quick, amazing bike for a first time rider OR an experienced one

Faults:

Needed to replace the spark plugs in 2007, as the engine started misfiring.

Tires were replaced twice due to wear and tear from stunting i.e. burnouts.

General Comments:

Very very quick and light.

Due to the extremely light weight, it could take corners like no other.

Extremely easy to pop the front end up.

I definitely will be buying another one when I pay off my car.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2009

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews