The 2009 Yamaha R6 was unveiled today in Las Vegas alongside its bigger sibling, the all-new 2009 Yamaha R1. As expected, not much has changed from the slightly re-geared and utterly amazing 2008 R6. In fact, the only major update is to the Engine Control Unit, which has been remapped for what Yamaha says is a better linear power delivery while driving out of the corners.
We're hip to the black and gold with it's subtle textured variations and the traditional blue and black is always nice in terms of decent branding. We can't say the same for the white-on-red-on-grey-on-magenta, much less the orange and black with those wonky tribal decals.
To be frank, between this Yamaha and Honda's god-awful limited edition 2009 CBR600RR, we're down-right frightened to see how the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R ups the ante in this new war of ugly decals and color schemes.