So, you're thinking about getting into motorcycles. All of your friends ride around on Ducatis and Kawasakis, and you want to get in on the fun. You hit up your local Craigslist and find what seems to be the perfect bike to fit in with your biker buddies: a Yamaha YZF-R6.
A Yamaha R6 in good condition goes for around $5000 on the used market, and for that price, you're getting quite a lot of performance. Its 600-cc engine makes 124 horsepower, moving the 359-lb. bike to 60 mph in three seconds.
The minute you hop on, you're faster than pretty much any four-wheel vehicle on the road, including most supercars. Hopefully you're starting to see why this isn't really the best bike to start out your riding career.
Mr. Regular from takes a ride on a 2005 R6, and discovers just how easy it is to actually ride. It's surprisingly easy to control at low speeds, and gets MPGs in the upper 40s when ridden gently.
But, he also learns just how insane the R6 is to wring out. Even for an experienced rider, the temptation to rev it all the way to its 15,500 RPM redline can sometimes be too strong to ignore. For a pro, it can be heaven.
Just don't get one for your first ride.