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The “Retro Six” Yamaha R6 Custom – By Vintage Addiction

Vintage Addiction build the most beautiful Yamaha R6 custom of all time.

Updated August 23, 2018

It’s a rare thing to find something with a retro finish that also packs a punch in the performance department – and this Yamaha R6 custom from Vintage Addiction is one of those rare things. When it comes to the modern custom scene, we see some very beautiful motorcycles. They’re built to a wonderfully high standard, finished with intricate details…but for many of them, they’re un-rideable. It might look nice, but having a rear mudguard is also quite handy. It may photograph well, but a bit of padding in the seat wouldn’t hurt, either. And of course, it’s very shiny, but does it does it handle well, or stop efficiently, or most importantly, does it go fast? Sometimes the answer is yes, but mostly, it’s no. And that’s why it’s amazing when we see a custom garage go to town on something relatively modern. And sporty.

Vintage Addiction’s Stunning 2005 Yamaha R6 Custom!

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Vintage Addiction are no strangers to turning modern sportsbikes into retro eye-candy. A few years back they successfully transformed a Yamaha R1 into quite the thing, and so after a customer wanted a motorcycle with a bit of oomph that complied with a retro style aesthetic, the guys at Vintage Addiction knew exactly what to do. Taking inspiration from the vintage racers of the 70s and 80s, they’ve managed to build what can only be described as the bike of my dreams.

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To get the look just right, the R6 required new bodywork. However, fitting retro-styled bodywork to a modern frame isn’t a straightforward transplant job. The Yamaha’s frame needed some work down first, and a new subframe was fabricated to help hold onto the new fairings. While they were reworking the frame, the guys also decided to relocate the R6’s electrical components and battery behind the new subframe too, to help reduce the clutter. Next, the team worked on the R6’s new front fairing. The retro-looking fairing is actually a two-piece arrangement, tailor made for the build and held in place with tubular brackets.

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Since the client was in the market for a motorcycle that favored reliability rather than out and out power, Vintage Addiction decided to keep the performance mods to a minimum, however, they did make a few changes to give the R6 a little bit of extra poke when compared with a stock standard model. To that end, they ditched the stock exhaust system and replaced it with a bespoke arrangement instead, and took a closer look at the R6’s air intake to help it breathe a little better.

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Though it goes a little faster, it’s the look of this beast that really caught our eye. The exquisite bodywork was then painted with a rather stunning red and gunmetal grey paint scheme, complete with the necessary white racing panels for added authenticity. The paintwork was laid down by Mam Paint de BCN, and the job they did is absolutely fantastic and will no doubt be copied by some enterprising individual sometime soon – probably me. To tie it all together, Vintage Addiction upholstered the sear with a vintage style brown leather and complimented it with a leather strap for the tank. Finally, the team added a number of laser cut alloy flourishes.

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What do you think? Is this the most attractive looking custom R6 you’ve ever seen? Surely the answer is “yes” ?

(First seen on Return Of The Café Racers)


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Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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