Cycle World magazine’s Best Middleweight Streetbike of 2005 was also the 2003 AMA Supersport Champion: this one’s the best of several worlds.
Light weight, big horsepower, razor-sharp handling and a surprisingly comfortable cockpit make the R6 an outstanding do-it-all sportbike.

  • 2006 Yamaha YZF R6S
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
  • Displacement:
    600 L
  • Top Speed:
    162 mph
  • Price:


  • The R6S features an ultra-compact, lightweight, 600cc DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine.
  • Competition-bred suction-piston-type fuel injection with 40mm throttle bodies features short intake ports and a special vacuum-controlled intake system to ensure instant throttle response.
  • Direct ignition coils, dual-electrode spark plugs and highoutput magneto deliver extremely accurate, reliable firing.
  • Compact slant-block engine design uses stacked gearbox shafts to create a low center of gravity and balanced weight distribution.
  • Ram-Air Induction System delivers cool, high-pressure air for optimal combustion and greater horsepower.
  • Lightweight forged pistons on carburized connecting rods for superb strength and reduced reciprocating mass.
  • Linerless, ceramic-composite cylinder bores mean greater heat dissipation for consistent power delivery and reduced friction.
  • Close-ratio six-speed transmission delivers seamless power and maximum acceleration.
  • Three-axis gearbox design stacks input/output shafts to keep overall engine size to super-compact dimensions.
  • Curved radiator follows the contour of the frame and bodywork for an ultra-sleek look and excellent cooling performance.
  • One-piece cylinder and crankcase assembly provides superior engine rigidity and light weight.
  • Compact, large-capacity clutch delivers consistent, fade-free performance.
  • Large-capacity water pump, liquid-cooled oil cooler and twin ring-type radiator fans ensure optimal engine cooling efficiency.
  • Four-into-two-into-one aluminum exhaust optimizes engine performance, reduces overall weight and tucks in high for maximum lean angle.


  • Light and carefully tuned Deltabox III frame and Controlled Fill swingarm are key to the R6’s class-leading handling performance and feel.
  • Fully adjustable 43mm fork reinforces R6’s main strength: precise handling. Forged lower triple clamp also increases rigidity.
  • Fully adjustable (preload, compression and rebound damping) piggyback rear shock with 4.7” of travel delivers exceptional rear wheel tracking and stability.
  • Removable CF die cast rear subframe is light and strong.
  • Super-light five-spoke 17-inch wheels reduce unsprung weight; a special casting technique makes the rim section light, not to mention wickedly cool-looking.
  • Light, 298mm front brake discs, four-piston calipers and radial master cylinder provide unsurpassed braking power and feel.

Additional Features:

  • Durable, lightweight, aluminum clip-on bars provide optimal vibration damping.
  • Narrow 4.5-gallon fuel tank provides excellent rider ergonomics and aggressive seating position.
  • Multi-function digital and analog instrumentation features: programmable shift light, digital speedometer, analog tachometer, dual tripmeters with miles-on-reserve function, odometer, water temp gauge and lights for neutral, high beam, low fuel and turn signals.
  • Dual Gatling beam 60/55-watt multi-reflector headlight features a sleek profile for superb aerodynamics and visibility.
  • Dual LED taillight design provides excellent visibility and a sleek profile.
    Standard toolkit located in convenient storage compartment under passenger seat.
What do you think?
Show Comments
Motorcycle Finder:
Related Manufacturers