Yamaha's YZF-R6 is a sport bike, first introduced in 1999, updated in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008 and revised in the years in between. The 2007 model has a tested dry weight and delivers a tested at 14,200 rpm and at 11,500 rpm.
In 2006, Yamaha advertised the R6 as capable to running at up to 17,500+ rpm. This is 2000 rpm higher than the previous R6 model and it is the highest redline of a widely distributed production four-stroke engine – the Honda CBR250RR had a reputed redline of 19,000. Such a high speed is near to levels known only in Formula One engines, where valve springs stress problems lead to the adoption of pneumatic return at more than 19,000 rpm.
But it was widely reported that the 2006 YZF-R6's motor did not have this redline level and was closer to around 16,200 rpm, because of a tachometer error of about 9%. In February 2006, Yamaha admitted the bike's true redline was more than 1,000 rpm lower than advertised, and offered to buy back any R6 if the customer was unhappy.
All specifications are manufacturer claimed.
|Type||599 cc, DOHC, 16-Valve, Liquid-Cooled, In-Line Four-Cylinder||, Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, forward inclined inline 4 cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves||, liquid cooled, 4-stroke, forward inclined inline 4 cylinder, DOHC, 16-titanium valves|
|Bore x Stroke||65.5 mm X 44 mm||65.5 mm x 44.5 mm||67.0 mm x 42.5 mm|
|Carburetion||37 mm Keihin CV Downdraft w/Throttle Position Sensor||Fuel injection||Fuel injection w/ YCC-T||Fuel Injection w/ YCC-T and YCC-I|
|Transmission||6-speed w/multi-plate clutch||6-speed w/multi-plate slipper clutch|
|Final Drive||#530 O-ring chain||#525 O-ring chain|
|Suspension/Front||Fully Adjustable Telescopic Fork, of Travel||telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping; travel||inverted telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, separate high & low-speed compression damping, rebound damping; travel||inverted fork; 4-way adjustable, travel|
|Suspension/Rear||Fully Adjustable Single Shock, of Travel||Single shock w/piggyback reservoir and adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping; travel||Single shock w/adjustable preload, separate high & low-speed compression damping, rebound damping; travel||Single shock; 4-way adjustable, travel|
|Brakes/Front||Dual floating discs w/4-piston calipers||Dual floating discs w/radial mount, forged 4-piston calipers|
|Brakes/Rear||disc w/ single-piston caliper|
|Fuel Capacity||4.5 gal||4.6 gal|
|Oil Capacity||2.85 qt||3.59 qt|
|Color|| 2001: Team Yamaha Blue, Red|
| 2003: Yamaha Racing Blue, Liquid Silver, Black w/ Flames|
2004: Team Yamaha Blue, Liquid Silver w/ Flames, Rapid Red
|2005: Team Yamaha Blue, Rapid Red, Raven|| 2006: Team Yamaha Blue, Raven, 50th Anniversary Yellow/Black|
2007: Team Yamaha Blue, Charcoal Silver, Candy Red
|2008: Team Yamaha Blue/White, Raven, Liquid Silver, Cadmium Yellow w/Flames|
|Warranty||1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)|
|MSRP (US$)|| 2001: $7,999 (std model), $8,499 (Champions Limited Edition)|
| 2003: ?|
2004: $8,099 (Blue, Red), $8,199 (Liquid Silver w/Flames)
|2005: $8,399 (Blue, Red), $8,499 (Raven)|| 2006: $9,499 (50th Anniversary), $9,299 (Raven), $9,199 (Team Yamaha Blue)|
2007: $9,299 (Team Yamaha Blue), $9,399 (Charcoal Silver, Candy Red)
|2008: $9,599 (Team Yamaha Blue/White, Raven, Liquid Silver), $9,799 (Cadmium Yellow w/Flames)|