I think you are that professional chef from the YZF forum right? Welcome to this board. It is a fun one. I have a 2000 black YZF, my first bike. So I don't really have any other previous bikes to compare to but so far, it seems like a comfy sportbike. It had been talked about before, how this bike has been overlooked.
Ya YA Okay i am a chef from Vancouver BC.i do not see alot of Canadians out here.I just think the yzf 600 r is a better bike for the street than a r6,to take advatage of the r6 you need a track and for the price i just wonder why everyone is so hooked?is this an ammericain thing?
Nice to talk to you any way
The YZF600R was Yamaha's best 600 when it came out. Yamaha still offers it, because, it is a great all arounder and nicely priced. I would never feel that is a inadequate motorcyle, but a quick, capable and comfortable bike.
As a fellow Canadian I will stick(get it..stick...stickman?)Iwill stick up for Yard!He loves his bike so much and can't see why anybody else would want another type!
I know yor pain Yardman,I have a Triumph TT 600 and it is totally ignored and underrated!I can wait to eat some rice in the twisties this summer!(No offense,Guys!)
I would have to say that the Ninja 500r is the most ignored. It was my first bike, until i traded it in for a ZX-6r. Now i understand why its ignored. ha...actually it was an awesome beginner bike...id recommend it to anyone starting off
People ignore it because its not an R6. Well, it's not. Its a YZF600R and it's a very nice machine. Besides, the best bike is the bike you like the best. When American pilots talked to the great Luftwaffe ace Adolf Galland after WWII about which plane he likes to fly better, the FW190 or the Bf109, he said the 109, even though the FW190 was regarded as the hotter, newer machine (think R6). He said he understood all of the reasons why the FW was one hot airplane, but preffered the intangible handling qualities of the 109, saying "it is not the crate, but the man sitting in it that counts."
I think the same applies to bikes. It is the person in the seat, not the bike, that matters. Incidently, I also own a 2002 YZF600R in black.
I'd rather die on two wheels than live my whole life dead on two legs.
At the end of a 500 mile day of sport touring and all the variations in roads and weather give me a YZF6 over an R6. The R6 is a fantastic machine but away from the track the YZF has a great balance of performance, ergos, fairing, and all around useability that make it a top notch street bike for riders who are looking for those atributes and not the quickest thing against the stopwatch at a track. A much overlooked bike.
Have any of you even ridden both bikes? Because I have and if you bought a streetbike for the reasons that I did, which is flicking it into corners and insane acceleration then the R6 is for you. If not then buy the 600R/images/icons/tongue.gif
I think the R6 is well worth the extra $1000.
If your focus is pure performance than you bought the right bike in the R6, it is awesome. But just because someones riding isn't focused on the ultimate performance that doesn't indicate that the YZF is a bad bike or that as a rider you are wimping out because you don't need the most highly focused machine. If you want a bike that has more fairing coverage, better ergos, more midrange drive (the YZF outpowers the R6 in the midrange), will string together multiple 500 mile days of spirited twisties, carry a passenger in decent comfort then the YZF is fine choice IMHO. Besides a well ridden YZF will flick into a corner and fire out pretty well.
SEE!!!!I mention TT600 and you guys totally ignore me!Case closed! err.....maybe you were ignoring ME and not my bike....maybe you guys hate me.....maybe you guys laugh at me whenever I post someything...HA HA LOOK AT THE DUMB CANADIAN...LET'S JUST IGNORE HIM!!!!...WELL...WELL???
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