Taylormade Racing, the Californian specialist carbon component supplier is launching ground-breaking vacuum-cured honeycomb reinforced glass fiber Yamaha R6 race bodywork.
Taylormade’s Yamaha R6 race bodywork kit features a MotoGP-style four-piece design, giving fast, easy access to major components for service or repair, saving precious seconds at the track. It has been launched at competitive price of $1022, to appeal to track day riders.
The four-component design features an upper fairing and bellypan, which stay on the bike. Two removable panels give access to all major components, like current MotoGP bikes.
The kit has been developed in collaboration with multiple Supersport championship winners Graves Motorsports, which is taking the first 20 sets for its factory-backed Yamaha 600 Supersport team and associated racers. And Taylormade is sponsoring R6 Superstock rider #96 Jason Aguilar. The Taylormade body uses polyester honeycomb reinforcement inside vacuum-cured glass fiber. Taylormade Racing owner Paul Taylor said: ‘The direct DNA link to MotoGP body design is there. It is stronger, lighter and more resistant than normal glass fiber and there is nothing else like it out there.’
‘We have created vacuum-cured carbon fiber components for factory superbike teams for several years. I was initially reluctant to produce something in fiber glass, but after developing some innovative fabrication techniques, we got excited. We think track day riders will be too.’
Taylor added: ’We speak to a lot of race bike users and their primary concerns are fit and speed of access. Traditional fiberglass bodywork comes in a two halves, and you often have to remove all of it to access the major components. The fit is often not great and the stiffness is compromised. But the new bodywork delivers the key elements of light weight, stiffness and durability.’
Check Paul and Jason chatting about the R6 and it’s new bodywork here.