Hard in the hot tyre tracks of the new generation R1, Yamaha's significantly uprated YZF-R6 is certain to elevate benchmarks in the highly-competitive 600cc supersport class.
The 2005 YZF-R6 has been launched at a competitive £6,599 on the road, whilst it's 2004 brother can still be found in dealerships and is now just £5,999 on the road, both machines add up to a hell of a lot of machinery for the money!
For 2005, three key areas of the new R6 have been uprated, the engine, chassis and suspension. New and upgrading owners can expect a 'best in class' performance and superior track-inspired handling. No change there then.
Freer revving, and with improved acceleration, the R6's four-cylinder in-line engine now outputs an extra 3 bhp. This has been achieved by equipping the fuel-injection system with larger diameter, 40mm throttle bodies and adjusting the ECU settings to match. All four air funnels have been reshaped for optimal air intake and pulsation efficiency. Cooling is also improved by fitting a high-efficiency, twin-ring fan to the machine's radiator.
The massive 310mm front discs, which are retarded by new MotoGP-developed radial mounted calipers - working in conjunction with a radial pump-type master cylinder - also offer the rider greatly improved feedback. Despite a 12mm increase in diameter, slimming the discs by only half-a-millimetre has reduced weight by seven per cent.
New upside-down forks are equipped with flex-resistant 41mm tubes and feature full preload adjustment and rebound and compression damping. To get the most from the uprated front end, the rear suspension linkage has been strengthened and its variance ratio changed.
Likewise, so that front suspension efficiency is maximised, chassis geometry has also been reconfigured. The caster angle has increased by half-a-degree to 24.5mm, the trail by 9mm to 95mm, and the wheelbase lengthened from 1,380mm to 1,385mm.
New rubber complements the changes in chassis, suspension and braking, and the R6 now uses a slightly higher profile 120/70 front tyre.
All-in-all, Yamaha seems to have produced the goods, and delivered them too. Now you can look forward to going quicker, stopping quicker and turning quicker. In 2005, for the new Yamaha R6 'quick' is the word.