PS Tuner GP 2010: Race bike
Test: Motorradtke Yamaha YZF-R6
It doesn’t always have to be the greatest performance show: The PS readers voted the petite Yamaha R6 from Motorradtke as the best motorcycle of the Tuner GP and were certainly not so wrong. The Yamaha also beguiled tester Uwe Seitz.
Test: Motorradtke R6
Let’s make it short: The Yamaha R6 from Motorradtke from Gera in Thuringia let me often "Huaaah" roar – until the vocal cords went on strike. A look at the data sheet does not make you expect that at first, because the builder Lars Sänger conceived and designed his R6 as a stock sport racer and consequently did not touch the engine except for the compression. But of course he gave him everything on the periphery that the heart desires. Kit wiring harness, kit control unit, modified velocity stacks, airbox, air filter, an additional cooler and a Remus exhaust system. This and a few other fine details contribute to the performance. For them, Lars Sänger, who is already a partner of mentor Jörg Radtke’s not only because of this talent, has put all of his young experience into the execution. After all, Sänger has already successfully sent Rico Penzkofer to IDM starts with this bike on road races such as the Northwest 200 and TT.
Stripped beauty that opens up to the racer’s eye. The Motorradtke-R6 is above any discussion of quality.
The Motorradtke-R6 pushes real 134 hp to the crankshaft, depends very directly on the gas and pushes forward with all its super sports power. Provided that the speeds are very close to the 10,000 rpm mark and above – the best tuner cannot shift the attitude of an R6. The soundscape matches the sparse, functional ambience that welcomes the driver when he sits down. At first, the seat that Motorradtke made himself looks a bit wide. But the feeling disappears immediately when it really starts and the driver is actively participating in the action. The freedom of movement is excellent, the space is deeply submerged, absolutely fitting in the parabolic. The stubs with the Pazzo levers fit perfectly in the hand, and the quick shifter makes operation child’s play.
Here it comes, the unloved hairpin! Drop anchor, step down corridors, around. As if on rails, the R6, which weighs 165 kilograms, pushes towards the targeted turn-in point. The braking stability is impeccable, the anti-hopping clutch ensures smooth deceleration at the rear, which only prances a little during the last shift into first gear just before bending. The fork is also great at transferring weight. Now around this stupid corner and gas on. The front becomes light immediately. Immediately, the shift light warns you to change gears after another, because the Yamaha R6 is flying towards the super-fast right bend to the Mercedes grandstand. It feels like a dream here to be on the road with a neatly balanced race bike that bends at lightning speed, arrows with pinpoint accuracy and, at the high speed achieved here, rushes towards the next task, almost chiseled in a deep lean position.
The additional cooler keeps the high-revving Yamaha on course thermally without any problems even on extended test laps.
Damian Cudlin, who tuned the Motorradtke-R6 and is at the forefront of the IDM with technical support from Lars Sänger, did a great job. This not only proves its lap time of 1.46,698 minutes. In every phase of the hunt for the flat Hockenheimring, the K-tech damper elements leave a very good impression. The feedback creates trust, the responsiveness is a perfect mixture of racing hardness and physically necessary movement. And finally, it’s time for the first "Huuaaah" of the day.
After the third lap, the outside lane is occupied in front of the right-hand bend to the Parabolika entrance. Damn! Now brake earlier and line up at the back or try the inner lane? Experience has shown that the momentum for the links is missing and I then stand in the way of the overtaken. Regardless, racing has to do with selfishness! Full in the iron and bend down! Instead of being carried too far out as expected, the Yamaha signals that it likes it tighter. It’s madness, course correction. I pull it closer to the curb on the right and knock it down quickly. "Huaaaah", I’ve never been so early to accelerate the parabolic steroids. The colleague from just now should hardly have noticed me. Unless I can roar louder than Lars’ posh Yamaha R6.
Technical data + performance diagram
Power on crankshaft, measurements on Dynojet roller dynamometer 250.
600s are not powerhouses, but the performance is flawless, and with the necessary revs, this light R6 really does something – with some drivers more than with brutal 1000s.
Weight: 165.7 kg
Front / back: 53.0 / 47.0%
Power: 134 hp
Price: 19,000 euros
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