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I recently purchased a 2002 yamaha R6 about 8 weeks ago. Immediately you get the feeling of being in the presence of a very impressive motorcycle. First things first: Cut the bike tail section off of it (looks kinda lame). If you can, also pick up a tail-light integrator so the rear tail signal lights can go also. Also pick up a new slip on pipe so you can actually hear the bike (and so can everyone else). Now you're ready to ride (and look good at the same time). I'm up in Northern Canada and due to the relatively short riding time available (short summer), I must make the most of my riding time. upon hopping on the bike I realized how great this bike is. Lots of power, superior cornering and surprisingly comfortable on longer distances (I'm a little taller than 6' 2"). First day I tried to race a honda CBR 929 RR off the line, I almost lost control of the bike. Got a little antsy, popped the clutch and put her up over 90 degrees. Those who say this bike has no low end are kidding themselves. Plenty of power through-out the powerband, although once you hit between 8-16K rpms you'll definately feel the G's. Very easy and confortable to do wheelie's (watch out for cops!), as well as stoppies (great brakes). This bike is very impressive in cornering. The R6 dives into the corner and begs you to try to rub the pegs into the ground. Very stable at high cornering speeds. My friend bought a 2002 GSX-R 750 and we both agree that the R6 is the better of the bikes for city driving. For the highway, the 750 is a little more powerful. Overall, this is an amazing motorcycle with sharp looks and easy to do work on (and repairs). highly recommended.
The R6 is without any doubt the most fantastic motorcycle that money can buy. It combines speed and style is such a perfectly formed package that it really is very hard to fault. The R6 looks similar to the R1, but they are actually quite different bikes. The R6 was designed as a pure sportsbike for the 600cc class and all the road bits and pieces were added after. The R1 is a road bike which was designed to be as quick and sporty as possible (the closest thing that Yamaha race is the R7). Through the twisties the R6's size and weight are easier to control which (I found) actually makes it a quicker bike. The R1 would more than catch up in a straight line - but where is the fun in that. I got mine for £3,500. Perfect, except for to my horror I left the cover on in a storm and it blew over in the wind - causing ..... over one thousand quids worth of damage to the bodywork. This would be my only criticism of an otherwise perfect bike - if you're stupid and you drop it it will cost you. Go out and buy one - in fact, buy two, one for everyday and one for track days and weekends.
This first bit is not a person merely boasting, it just helps if you know a little background info'. Otherwise an accurate conclusion can not be found due to the lack of comparitive experience a person has: I have ridden bikes for around 5 or 6 years now, and in that time I've ridden many bikes, from BMW LT/RT's to Fireblades. I've also been involved in motorcycle training and RoSPA advanced riding. However, inevitably in this time in doing perhaps 25k or more miles per year, I have collected a few broken ribs, ankles, etc. along the way. The R6 is a pure sportsbike and, as proved, you can strip the mirrors/indicators and tape up the speedo and there you have one ready to race machine (Once ACU are contacted of course). With this in mind, it is not really the sensible thing to purchase this as a first bike. In part due to the 'toe-tag' potential, but also, as I told many students, if you drop it it'll cost alot of money. Whereas drop a Bandit6 and you might only suffer the expense of a lever, and have a scuffed exhaust. Some people buy this kind of bike because of the saddle height, others may buy it "because their mates one looks cool in blue" (I've heard that one a few times). These are all the wrong reasons for the purchase of this bike should only be for committed riders who will not spend neigh on six grand for a bike they only us £100 of. And if you can, test ride it for pete's sake!!! SORRY, BACK TO THE BIKE... I have a Blue 99 model which cost me under £3000 and there is little to fault this bike really, though most may complain about the lack of wind protection - myself included as my main bike is an Yam' FJ1200. For a 600, top speed is very easily achieved and on paper and in the real world is probably quickest of the mark than many of the other manufacturers offerings. Though the Kwacka's ZX6 does have a slightly better mid-range. But remembering t his is a race thoroughbred, most of the powers up the top end, but slightly runs out of puff a 1000 or so rev's before the redline. Handling is push-bike quick as the rake N trail would predict. Caution has to be taken for quick chicanes (err, sorry. I mean left & rights) as it can get a little out of shape, but provided you don't over-react and tense up, it calms down. Clearance is excellent and lean angle hero's shouldn't have any concerns relating to this. Provided the tyres are scrubbed in and warmed up it feels like there's no limit to the tyres (though it does arrive, but sufficient warning) Maintenance is reasonably easy and its one of the easiest modern bikes to work on in my opinion and in the opinion of full time spanner's. Brakes are the tops. Standard 320 rotors with Yam's single cast calipers first used many years ago on the Thundercat when it first came out. Anyway, these things are quite capable of performing rolling stoppies at 60, not that I condone it but it shows the feedback, progression and power of these things. The rear ain't to bad either, for a rear. For the following statement I'd like to say in advance I'm not trying to teach anyone to suck eggs, nor am I saying I know everything. But buy this bike because you can ride it, not because your mate has one and you've always fancied (being seen on) a motorbike.
In 1998 I took delivery of a pristine blue R6 from J.S.Gedge (Hastings). Having been out if the saddle for a year or two, what appealed to me was the looks, small(ish) size and sheer power of this bike. Having such a short wheelbase, the bike is so 'flickable' it's easy to quickly build up your confidence on it. Combined with a light clutch and responsive throttle, the bike is actually quite good for a newcomer to the 600cc class. In fact, for a non-injected bike, responsiveness is really good. Despite the short wheelbase, cornering is stable enough on UK roads, and this baby will easily keep up with, if not out-pace many bigger bikes on the open road. Having said that, uneven surfaces will really have it shaking it's head so beware! Acceleration is just phenominal, although around 12000rpm it does all get a bit frantic! (But that's why you buy this bike)! The brakes (R1 derived) are easily up to the job, with about the right feel. Around town it's remarkably well mannered, although I often found it 'bogged down' under 4500rpm, meaning it ws easy to miss the gaps when in the wrong gear. Wind protection is adequate - as good as you'd expect for a sports bike. My only complaints were the poor turning circle, notchy gearbox and somewhat limited range (about 120m on a tank full). After two years and 6500 miles, I have parted company with the R6 in favour of the 'comfier' Fazer 1000 (and what a hoot that is!!). But if you're still fit (unlike me) and want an accomplished 600, the R6 will not disappoint.
This bike, I class as the little brother to the beast of bikes the R1(see review). Having only ridden this bike for 4 hours, it was clear to see why this bike was made. I currently ride a 98 zx6r and in comparison there are subtle differences. The zx6 was crowned king of 600 class 98/99 even though the most popular bike was the CBR(suprise, suprise). Yamaha had to release something that would strip the kawazaki and beat the sales of the CBR. The first thing noticeable is the riding position. Yam have favoured the more comfortable CBR trait, rather than a lower racing position. The styling is obviously in the vein of the R1 and other manaufacturesr have copied (ie fox-eye styling on the new kwak), but styling and ride position would not be enough to beat the kwak or the GSX really. The engine in the R6 is very responsive, even though best results come, when you hold the the throttle in the red. It handles reasonably well and overall is a good bike. I think for the 600 class its a tough call between the 2000 zx6 and the R6. I think too may people are getting carried away with the fact that the R1 is ultimately the best bike around and so it must be true of the R6. The differences are monumental. The 750's are no longer a stepping stone to the big bikes with the ZX / GSX and R6 offering similar performance to some of the 900's.
Hi I rode an R6 last Saturday 01/07/00 and wow for a 600cc it kicks some butt. Engine, On one long straight going though the gears the front wheel was trying to leave the ground on the first three gear changes. The revs just keep on coming (14.5K red line). Being a 600 it was easy work around town with no throttle snatch. Sorry though dies at 100 on the clocks where as my blade just pulls and pulls. Suspension. The fount felt very light in corners and did not give good feed back at silly lean angles. But for the price it was good. Not to the Blades standard. It turned pretty quick as well again slower that the blade. I found it uncomfortable getting to far off the side in corners and therefore could not lean as far as the blade. Brakes, The brakes seem good with nice steady application. Good feed back. The lever was a bit soft and the they would benefit form Braided hoses. Overall the R6 was better than I thought it would be but not match for my 99 Blade. You could fell the quality difference as it fell lose compared to the blades taught feel.