UR B-hind Da 8 Ball
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: East TN
Bike: '03 R6, XR400, 79 GS550
Re: R6 and R6s
BTW the 03-05 bikes were not called “R6S”. Yamahas uses a letter to designate a model year. In 03 it was “R”, in 04 it was “S”, and in 05 it was “T”. 06 was the new body and was the YZF-R6V So if you look up parts diagrams the model designations will be YZF-R6R, YZF-R6S, YZF-R6T, YZF-R6V. In 06 they decided to keep offering the older bike but it was identical to the 04 model (keeping costs down by eliminating the upside down fork, better brakes and other things unique to the 05). The 04 year designation was “S”, so they tacked that to the end of the model name. Thus the YZF-R6S. And the year designation is at the end of that (2006 was YZF-R6SV). There are also color codes and a California model code but that’s not the point of this conversation.
The problem came when people on the internet started using R6R to refer to the 3rd gen R6 to try to distinguish between it and the S model. It was never called that by Yamaha and in fact the only “R6R” designation was in 03. But just like all tissue paper has become Kleenex, and all copiers have become Xerox machines, the term has stuck.
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