The YZF-R6 is undoubtedly one of the most popular sportbikes in the world. So much so, that the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer hasn’t really updated it significantly since 2010.
The R6 was introduced in 1998 and went on to become one of the most successful motorcycles in Yamaha’s stable. The first generation of the R6 looked a bit rounded, but from then on, its styling has continuously become edgier and edgier. The latest generation of Yamaha’s Supersport motorcycle is the edgiest of them all with a tightly packed front end and the sharpest tail section in its entire segment.
In fact, as far as the looks are concerned, the R6 is the sportiest motorcycle in its class. And while it is not the most powerful, it is the lightest Supersport at 181 kg ready-to-ride. Remarkably, even though it has not been updated as regularly as its competition, the R6 still manages to look one of the most modern and up-market sportbikes irrespective of the category.
Good for us, we were fortunate enough to spend some time with this sleek sportbike. The YZF-R6 we rode had gone through some modifications; most prominent of those were the Ohlins mono-shock and the Akrapovic exhaust. It also had aftermarket clutch and front brake levers. And in the black colour, the R6’s toned bodywork appeared totally sinister. Even at a stand still, it looked like it is cutting air.
The R6 has one of the best handling characteristics among sportbikes. Even through our stint on it, we could feel that the handling is sharp and extremely responsive to rider inputs. No doubt it will be crazy fun on racetracks. We only hope and wish that Yamaha would see its potential in the Indian market given that the Triumph Daytona has been quite successful on our shores.
We sincerely thank Mr. Rohit Chandrashekar for taking out his time and letting us ride his motorcycle.
Finally, we would like to sincerely thank Mr. Rohit Chandrashekar for taking out his time and letting us spend some wonderful moments with his lovable Yamaha YZF-R6.
And for all of you sportbike enthusiasts out there, we understand you may not always find your favourite motorcycle out there in the market, but you can always try and find one on OLX.