‘Make sure you keep up with the servicing’
“2006 marked a significant upgrade for the R6 with a completely new engine management system featuring fly-by-wire for the first time. There was also the addition of a slipper clutch.
“Mechanically they’re very good considering the flogging most seem to get. If you’re looking at a used one, bear in mind that it will almost certainly have been ridden on track and while they’re capable of taking such abuse it's important the servicing is kept up. If you are doing trackdays then change the brake fluid regularly.
“Oil changes are 6000 miles; oil, oil filter, air filter and spark plugs every 12,000. Use a top quality fully synthetic 10W40 oil. If you are track-daying it change the oil as often as you can. Valve adjustment is 24,000. The sump plug and oil filter are on the left side of the engine, the air filter can be found by lifting and hinging up the fuel tank. The spark plugs can be accessed by dropping the radiator. While this all sounds fairly simple, the R6 is very compact and it’s easy to dislodge sensor connections and small hoses. So think carefully about your mechanical ability before you tackle anything other than oil and filter changing.
“Look out for gearbox damage. This will typically show as jumping out of the lower gears caused by clutchless changes while pulling wheelies. To fix this, it's engine out and a bottom end strip which is expensive. “Chassis-wise, the big thing to look out for is crash damage, so pay attention to footrests and hangers, missing or broken hero blobs, bent handlebars and levers. Put your fingers between the fork legs and the inside edges of the fairing to check the gaps are the same. Look from the rear to see if the subframe is in line. “There are a huge amount of suspension options available, from re-valving the stock set up to the top-of-the-range exotica. The only limiting factor is money. “Here at Flitwick Motorcycles the most popular tyres we fit to used Yamaha R6s are: Pirelli Rosso 3, Metzeler M7RR and Bridgestone S21.”
‘Mechanically they’re very good considering the flogging most get’
Broken or worn hero blobs can be a sign that a machine has had a hard life
Crash bungs are welcome but check they are fitted properly
CHARLES MARVELL Chief Technician at Flitwick Motorcycles, Bedfordshire