brief report before our tester gets felt up by LAX security
by eric putter
Thursday, February 16, 2006
We're still waiting for images from our test of the R6 yesterday so you'll have to look at DiSalvo for a while.
image by Declan McManus & the Detective Watchers
Putter is off to flog himself at the Indy trade show (no we're not going) but before he left, he filed this brief report of our R6 test, which happened yesterday -- Editor
Okay, it doesn't rev to 17,500 rpm. So what?
Nobody at yesterday's press introduction missed the additional 1500 revs.
This potent track-day weapon has a peak-power-biased motor and features a list of impressive "firsts" for a Yamaha 600. These include a complete set of all-titanium valves, fly-by-wire throttle, EXUP exhaust valve, slipper clutch and high- and low-speed-adjustable suspension, front and rear.
Admittedly, the peak-power-biased motor is a relatively anemic until an indicated 9000 rpm (that's around 8000 rpm for you conspiracy theorists) and the power drops off a bit before 16k, but when kept in its sweet spot, the thing flat-out rips!
Bottom line: Having spent a day behind the clip-ons, I predict that the only ones returning 2006 R6s to their friendly, all-too-accommodating Yamaha dealers will be scammers, hot-headed, sour-grapes losers or those who purchased bikes they couldn't afford in the first place.