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Hey guys. I have a '02 Ninja 6R and although this is a pretty good bike, I was wondering about the Yamahas. All I've ever owned are Kawasakis and I like the ride you get from a Ninja. The CBRs' seats are like a rock. So what about the R6 or R1? Are either of these machines comfortable on the street? I don't race but I do like to cut up the twisties. I ride curves, straights, hills, and around town. I have my eye on the R1. Maybe not a new one but 2001 or 2002 model with a trade in of my Ninja. Everybody says the R6 is a track oriented bike. What about the R1?....I would like more bottom end and mid range than the 600. Any suggestions?
 

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Have you thought about the 2003 ZX636R??? It sounds like it might fit your bill... more torque, more top-end speed, lighter, better-handling, more aggressive...

Check out my webpage for some good photos and links...

Just a thought anyway... nothing against the Yamahas, but if you're a Kawi guy...:p Go Green or Go Home!
 

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zx6r to R1

I too have a '00 ZX6R and I take it to several track days each year. If you are looking for more bottom end grunt have you tried lowering the gearing, I added 2 teeth at the rear and now the bike will easily wheelie off the throttle in 2nd gear. Concerning the R6, if you are a big rider ( I am 6"2 ) then you might find the R6 to be a little cramped as you are used to the plushness of the ZX6R. When I rode the R6 I found it to be extremely nervous at the front end, which can be unsettling if you like to carry a lot of corner speed. Personally I would look into buying either a GSXR750 or a GSXR1000. You should be able to find both for quite a reasonable price now as the 750 will be discontinued as of next year and the there is an all new 1000 being released very soon. The 750 is better for canyon carving and track riding whilst the 1000 is better at lifting massive wheelies off the throttle in first gear !!!!:)
Hope I have been of some help
 

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Looking for torque in all the right places

If you're looking for more low end power and a broad increase in torque, just go straight for the literbike. Don't piss around with a 600 or 750. They make great peak horsepower numbers, and aren't much slower than the liter-sized machinery, but they just don't have any low end. It doesn't really matter which one you choose, any of them will be a dramatic difference in torque. If you like the R1- go for it.

As far as the R6 is concerned, it would be simply a lateral move. Your ZX-6R is just as fast and actually has MORE low-end power and torque than the R6. So, in a way, the R6 would be a step backward for what you are looking for.
 

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I have a 96 zx-6r and am considering getting a R6 too. I realy want to stick with a 600cc bike, cause it fits me well (at least my ninjia did) but want the fuel injected and a little more power (from 90 to 120) but one of the main things i want is handling need to take corners
 

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jonjoeputman,
I've got two Yamaha's. I have not had any problems with them.
I just bought a 2003 Liquid Sliver R1. I was in the same boat as
yourself. I've had a Yamaha YZF 600R and wanted to move up
to the R6. Especially since the R6 was going to be completly
revamped for 03. However, the more I read from several m/c
forums I had to ask myself what kind of riding will I really be
doing. Well, here in Florida the roads for the most part are
straight with no hills or canyons. Yes, there are some twisties
around. As you know the R6 is a high rev rpm bike and will
eat up the curves, but 90% of my riding will be highway. So,
after thinking it over I decided to go for the R1. Plus, I already
had a 600 and didn't want to stay with the same size. Of
course the R6 is a nice jump up from the YZF 600R, but it
would have been more of a latteral move for me. All I saying is
the R1 to me is a better suited bike for the street/highway than
the R6.

If your into the twisties I'd go for the R6. I sat on a black/flame
and a liquid sliver at the dealer. Dude, they are awesome looking.
They felt great. I would have loved to taken it for a spin, but I
was making my deal on the R1. Good luck. :D
 
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