Why bother with an R1 if the R6 is almost as capable. Fact of the matter is R1 is not even a second faster in the 1/4 mile(that like the differance between smoking your tires and just chirping them off the line). The Top speed difference is roughly 10mph. Yeah, the R1 has the roll-on advantage, but an R6 rider can downshift to keep up. All the R6's shortcomings can be fixed with performance upgrades to match an R1. Honestly, most people may never push their bikes to those limits. Why would ya pay $3k-$4k more to ride an R1???
One word....TORQUE! Ive been riding a 600 for over a year and its still got alot more power than i need, or should have, but for town and highway, its a fuckin pain having to rev it all the time(not to mention deafening/annoying with a D&D pipe), thats why im moving up to a bigger bike, more torque for cruising and gettin around on a daily basis, for the twisties id take the 600 anyday though.
yep, with a 600cc bike, it's a lot at the higher rpms when it comes down to riding the highways and it's very loud (w/ aftermarket exhaust). Other than that though, I love my R6 and the way it looks. I think looks a lot more aggressive than the R1 looking at it from the front.
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I know neither are stock bikes, but the difference is clear why you get an R1 over a R6. It would cost a lot of money to take one second off of a quarter mile time, and it would take even more cash to take 4 seconds off a lap time (using the example above). So 3-4K extra is worth it if you are going to use the power. I would agree that an R6 can suffice and is just as much fun.
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$3 or$4 extra thousand for an R-1 can you say $1K for every 100cc's thats the difference in your phantom R-6 thats supposedly no different than an R-1. You must be blind and the people at yamaha must have been blind and stupid when they made an identical bike with a 400cc difference and there in fact be no difference. I dont know who's R-1 your riding but come ride mine and you'll never look back R-6 WHAT!!!!!!
Originally posted by sidewaysducati Why a liter instead of a 6?
Umm.. because it's a liter?
More power sooner. More power "on tap".
The 600s need to be revved out, maximized. The liters set your balls on fire and give you a silent scream in your throat at 8,000 RPM. And there's still 3,500 to go before redline.
Uhm... no... at 8k rpm I still have 5750 rpm to go before redline. But not as much torque as the longer stroke 1 liter bikes.
1991 FZR 1000 - built 1040 with race cams, Akrapovic full exhaust, and mild suspension work
2004 YZF R1 - Graves full exhaust, velocity stacks, BMC race filter, and Power Commander. Rear Ohlins. Forks rblt with Race Tech springs and Gold Valves.
2005 20th Anniversary V-Max (0098/2000) - T boost, Corbin Seat
2005 YZF R6 track bike - Graves full exhaust, Race Tech suspension