Originally posted by Z06vette
The ninja felt very comfortable and that is the one i will be picking up tomorrow unless there is any reason otherwise.
AFA price, I think you should be able to do a bit better than the price you were quoted on the 6R!
All seriousness aside, I was also had your same 2 choices 'bout a year ago. Went with the 6R because of better ergonomics, hearing of some problems with the R6 AFA shifter/transmissions, and I think Yamaha pushed the steering geometry on the R6 just a wee bit too far towards the responsive end. Folks tell me you buy a R6/R1, you better get a steering damper (more $$$)! I like Kawasaki's tendency to design stability into their bikes-if you want to quicken the steering up a bit, no problem. I'd hate to have to try to cure what I see as an instability problem from the factory-I don't really see a steering damper as a cure, but a mask.
Anywho, the 2 best things the R6 had going for it were the treatment of the rear end/undertail from the factory, and those 26,000 mile valve adjustment intervals!
Like you, I liked the 6R's instruments (still leery of LCD instruments AFA reliability/repair costs), and seating position. I think you'll find the 6R also has a great intake howl, slick transmission, and more midrange torque than most 600cc bikes. I don't mind changing gears ('specially with a good tranny), but it is nice to not have to wring it's guts to get it to move!