I have a 2005 R6. Im looking to change over my 05 triple tree for an 06 triple tree. However, I have read that this will change the rake of my bike from 24.5 to 24. What all does this mean for general handeling/suspension of the bike on the street. Also, I may want to take the bike to the track in a year or two, so is this rake difference a good or bad idea?
The front end is unique to that year only. The rear is the same as all the bikes that look like the 03-08 R6/R6S, but different years use different shock bodies. The rear shocks are different lengths and have different spring rates. Hence the red and yellow spring colors. The 05 R6 is the most unique of all the years because it is the only one that has that front end and engine combo. The 05 has a slightly different intake track from the other years.
Basically nothing on the 05 front end will work on, or with front end parts from any other year. You can put any rear ( from similar style bike ) on any year as well as any rear part. The front is the only thing totally incompatible.
This only apples to the major suspension parts though. I.E the triple tree, triple clamp, forks and clip ons. However if you have an entire 06 R6v front end, it can be a direct swap. The new 06 front end is longer and will change ride height in the front end, but can be worked around.