My problem is that I can't decide between the R6 and the R1. I loved my R6 but the R1 is looking nice... I just don't want to get the R1 and then wish I had gotten the R6 later. That and I will have to wait until Feb or March until I can ride again.
Have any of you wished you had not switched from a 600 you loved to a liter bike?
Right now I have an R1 and a Honda CBR600F4i. I plan to sell the Honda in the spring.
I love the R1 and the incredible torque that comes with it. Once you get addicted to the power, you don't really look back at wanting a 600cc bike. :
Don't get me wrong. I love 600cc bikes and I've owned several over my riding career. They are fun to ride and play around in the powerband easier than a liter bike. Maybe I will find a way to keep both bikes.
If you can hold out until Spring of 2004, the new R1 looks like a killer bike. If you need one now, anything 2000 and newer is a good bike. Year 2000 is when they made over 158 improvements to the bike.
I guess it depends on you. Do you do a lot of track days? If so, I can see why having a smaller cc bike may be beneficial. However, if you do most of your riding on the street, I say get the bigger bike. You'll love the extra torque on tap at the lower RPM's while just cruising down the road.
I know personally, whenever I ride someone's 600 coming off my busa, I'm generally not unhappy with the top end rush the 600 has. It's still pretty dang fast. But, whenever I'm just going down the road and I try to accelerate, I find myself yelling, literally yelling in my helmet "GO DAMNIT, GO!!!!!!" at the poor little bike.
99% of the time, don't regret the bigger bike, but then again, I live in Kansas.
I was just kiddin', Khan. I'm one of those people who think a newbie should buy a Busa or even a ZX-12R as their first bike if that's what they want. You'd be fine on an R1. I was just playin' the part of the local esport "grandma" who, sooner or later, will probably say what I said to you, in so many words, to try and save the day with their "government control" logic.