The pillion riding position is up to you & the pillion rider. I have not had anyone riding pillion since way back in mid-50s.
The 600r of which I have had since '97 are with pre-load, compression & rebound which is not on the SV-650 or some of the other bikes like the Yamaha F-6, Kwacker 650 & some others. After all very few know how to work on the above, so really a saveing if not on the others. Still I know how so I appreicate it.
Advantage of the 600R is that is was with the best mid-range power plant on the market in '97 & the following years. Also with super stopping power that was copied by the later model Yamaha bikes.
I was out with mine to-day for some 6+ hrs up in these basically two lane Cdn Rockie Mtns & though speed limits are 80 to 100kph--50 to 60mph the bike was often clocking 140 to 180kph--95-110mph. The bike can often be down to 3 grand & still pulling well (though not ideal in 2nd gear for that is around 15mph---school zone speeds) though often 4 to 5 grand in any gear & it is enjoying the run. Not the peaky engine of most 600s. Mind you I was out for a 6 hr spin of basically the same on thursday & just some 3 or 4 days previously. Yes the bike get used & is also used for grunt (short) runs around town or to Penticton city just 40 miles there & back ------I do not use the other two bikes for grunt runs or something in town or such.
To me the saddle is a bit to soft while the saddles on the Honda 929 & 954, that most say "more like a plank", so possibly I like the harder saddles from past experience.
Pretty decent fairing coverage to the rider as it spreads out more then most 600s.
I leave the bike stock, meaning stock exhaust system, & all I have done is feed it petrol, oil, tyres, sprockets, chains & my insurance---------that is all it asks. ALSO a far better 600 then most others when it comes to MPG & definately far better then my Honda 929 & 954.
True the 600r will lack the top speed of more modern 600s, but then it is a trouble free bike, does not need high rev shifting & such.
Last edited by Smitty; 04-25-2006 at 09:06 PM.