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Panici's R6 x2 - Street & Track

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2005 Yamaha YZF-R6 (Street)
2003 Yamaha YZF-R6
Build Thread & Track Log

Updated for 2023!



Modifications (2005 R6):

  • Custom Rear Fender Eliminator / Plate Brackets
  • OEM Solo Seat Cowl
  • Hotbodies Flushmount Front Turn Signals
  • Clear Alternatives LED Taillight
  • Dunlop Sportmax Q3+ Tires
  • Shorty Black Ebay Brake and Clutch Levers
  • Hyperpro RSC Steering Damper
  • Custom Toe Guard (Shark Fin)
  • Renthal 50mm Clipons w/Custom Res Mount
  • Renthal Hard Grips
  • AGG Racing Smog Blockoff Plates (AIS Delete)
  • Woodcraft Spool Sliders
  • LH Fan Delete
  • Motul 4T 5100 10W-40
  • Danmoto 6065T6 Billet Aluminum Rearsets (Black)
  • Pro-Bolt Titanium Magnetic Sump Bolt (Gold)
  • TechSpec Snake Skin Tank Pads
  • Woodcraft Stator Cover w/ Stainless Pad
  • Woodcraft Ignition Trigger Cover w/ Stainless Pad
  • Spiegler Front/Rear brake lines.
  • Woodcraft Cut Frame Sliders.
  • Gold D.I.D. 520 ERV3 Chain
  • Driven Racing 520 Evo-Spec Steel Rear Sprocket (48T)
  • Driven Racing 520 Steel Front Sprocket (15T)
  • eBay White ABS Bodywork Kit + Solo Cowl.
  • Speedohealer v4
  • Woodcraft Front & Rear Axle Sliders
  • Two Brothers Carbon High-Mount Exhaust, Heat Wrapped

Parts waiting for install:
  • Carbon Fiber Termignoni Exhaust
  • Spare Gas Tank + TechSpec Snake Skin Tank Pads
Modifications (2003 R6):

  • Dunlop Sportmax Q3+ Tires
  • Scots Steering Stabilizer
  • Motion Pro Revolver Throttle w/Red 45mm cam
  • DynoJet Power Commander 5
  • DynoJet Quickshifter
  • Vortex Rearsets
  • Vortex Engine Case Guards
  • Vortex Sporckets and Chain
  • Vortex Gas Cap
  • Yoyodyne Slipper Clutch
  • Ohlins Rear Shock
  • Yoshimura Carbon Fiber Full Exhaust (4-2-1 Header)
  • Renthal Hard Grips
  • TechSpec Tank Grips
  • Lithium Battery (BS-LI-02)
  • Safety Wired
  • Bickle Tire Warmers
  • Multiple sets of Track bodywork
  • Carbon Fiber Front Fender
  • Carbon-Kevlar Clutch Cover
  • Spare wheels w/"Braking" brand upgraded rotors
  • Shorty Black Ebay Brake and Clutch Levers
  • Woodcraft Front Axle Sliders

Parts waiting for install:
  • Armor Bodies Superbike Bodywork (Blue/White)
  • Woodcraft Cut Frame Sliders

Notable Spares:

  • Hindle Exhaust w/Custom Hanger
  • Motovation No-Cut Frame Sliders
  • OEM '05 Fairing Set (blue)
  • OEM Solo Seat Cowl (blue)
  • OEM Fuel Tank (blue)


  • Shoei RF-1200 Parameter TC-8 w/custom pinstriping
  • Suomy Laglio 1 Piece Leather Suit
  • Alpinestars Bionic Race Shield
  • Alpinestarts Tech Chest Guard
  • SIDI Vortice Full-Height Boots
  • Spyke ST303 Gloves
  • Shock Doctor Gravity 2 STC Mouth Guard (Needs replaced)
  • Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 Textile Jacket (Seldom Worn)

The Backstory:

I first got into motorcycles after my Dad bought "a few" vintage Yamaha examples during his mid-life crisis (circa 2005). Previous to that, I had only glimpsed the Yamaha XS650SF that my dad bought new in 1979, which was hiding under a blanket in the garage since I was a child.

Along with "a few" bikes, my Dad stockpiled a significant amount of vintage parts. I think the idea was to restore all the bikes, but at this point only the '76 RD400 has really been restored. Time got away from us pretty quickly, and unfortunately my father passed away in early 2019. It's been a tough road since, but I value the time we had together and the lessons he taught me growing up. The spark he ignited in me lives on to this day!

I started riding on a pair of bikes circa 2007. A 1973 Yamaha RD250 and a 1976 Yamaha RD400C were my first tastes of two-wheeled bliss. With my Dad having little to no mechanical experience, the task of getting (and keeping) the bikes running fell to me. I learned my way around a 2-stroke carburetor and Autolube system pretty quickly.

My first crash was on the RD400. Mostly target fixation on a tree, but I'd like to think very old tires and wet leaves had something to do with it as well. Luckily I was going relatively slowly on a twisty back road, and came out of it only sore and bruised. I was wearing a half helmet, jeans, and a regular leather jacket. I rode the bike home afterwards; some parts + TLC later the bike looked better then before.

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Finished up the trailer floor with recessed D-Rings, it's ready to haul bikes / make landscape & dump runs.
Ordered a set of Dunlop Q5S tires in 120/70ZR17 and 180/55ZR17 for the trackbike.
Was thinking about a 190 rear but decided to stick with a 180 for now.

Installed a set of Woodcraft front axle sliders on the streetbike. You can see the damage to the right hand side of the forks from previous crashes.

Spent WAY too long (all of saturday) modifying the two brothers high-mount exhaust pipe. Working in multiple dimensions and getting the thing to look good was challenging.

Needed to move it backwards for foot/boot clearance.
Also modified to work with the Termignoni slipon.

You can see in the first revision that it sticks way too far past the tail section.
I ended up changing both the pipe length and angle. Even though it's not parallel with the tail now, I think it looks much spicier this way!

Still need to wrap it in DEI Titanium Exhaust Wrap this week, and make sure the modified slip joint for the Termi can is at least attempting to seal.

After tweaking the length and angle...

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Finally got around to wrapping my modified high-mount exhaust on the street bike.


I came across a great deal on a 2005 parts bike on Friday for $1700.
Previous owner bought it at auction as a theft recovery, and couldn't get it started.

Immobilizer wiring was cut, original ignition gone.
I printed off the full wiring diagram on four pieces of 11x17, and went through it troubleshooting the issue.

I got it cranking after addressing the fusing, but it wouldn't fire off.

Hooked up the immobilizer from my street '05 (with it still attached to the other bike!) and swapped the ECU over.
It now cranked with a flashing Check Engine light, but still no fuel pump or injectors.

Ended up finding the "Starting circuit cut-off relay" misbehaving, so I pulled the one out of the track bike to test (first time I've had the tail off, and it's all custom under there).

Bike started and ran but was still tethered to the other '05.
I put the immobilizer defeat circuit back together that the previous owner hacked up trying to get it to work. Also installed a spare airbox I had in storage.

Engine seems to run well. Once it was at operating temp, I did hear a little of what may be noisy valves, but could also be knocking . It has old gas in it, so I will try some fresh Shell 91 to see if that helps. Also, who knows what kind of oil is in there (although it appeared clean and at the full mark on the dipstick).

All-in-all definitely a good buy for a parts bike! Will help to keep the other two in running shape for a long time.

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