Well i just put 190 miles on my 03 R6 saturday. ANd i loved it. I had a 96 ZX-6R so its the only bike i can compare it to.
Handleing is excelent, You definatly feel the light weight, Turns are so easy, i feel like i can lean that thing way down. The streeing is very soft though, it will definatly need a steering dampener.
Power is good, a big improvant over my 96. I havent really got on it other then 75% thottle (break in), but cruising in first and snapping the throttle (still only 75% throttle) the front end comes up (i weigh 160lbs.) although my kaw seems more torquey for some reason, maybe just cause i havent got on it. My R6 also seems to have a softer throttle then my ninja., this could also be the reason why it feels more torquey. Clutch feel is about the same. Brakes have plenty of stopping power.
It definatly needs a slip on to quiet, and i think i could gain some power from it.
Comfort is about the same, after 4 hours of riding, my shoulders and traps were killing me. I sit alot further up then on the ninja.
Foot pegs are also higher. At 5'9" i was on my tip toes, couldnt flat foot it.
Got a lot of complments on my bike, lot of people loved the black with redflames sceme.
Definatly need a fender elimantor kit, that back piece is ugly.
Gauges are cool, i like how it glows red, matches the red for the flames. Like the 2 trip meters and clock, just got to figure how to adjust my shift light. Wish it had a fuel gauge though, weird not having a reserve or no fuel gauge, hard trusting the low fuel light.
all in all a well built bike, Im glad i chose it.