Hey guys. Well first of all, i know whatever i say Ianr1 will jump down my bike and write in telling me how crappy my bike is bc he is jealous. (jk ian take a chill pill before you write here) jk equals JOKE <--- I hope you can read that.
Anyway. I think comparing bikes is stupid. If i didn't think it was. i would pull out the spec sheets and say the gixxer has it hands down. But its not that simple.
I think the r1 is easier to ride. My friend bought an 02 two weeks ago. I have rode it twice and it is a great bike. It feels lighter then the gixxer to me eventhough the gixxer is much light then the r1. I really like the position and feel of the gixxer . I put 100 miles on it two weeks ago and it felt like nothing. Maybe for taller riders it might feel different but forme it felt great.
One thing i did notice was that the suspension on the gixxer felt more stable. i was going 100 and it felt like 40. I never had that feeling on my r1, the suspension felt sloppy. maybe it wasnt dialed in right, im not sure, but it felt different.
As for power. The first thing i noticed when i jumped on my 02 gixxer 1000 is that the low end to top end was strong. There really istn' a special place where the power kicks in because its everywhere. I can bounce the front tire under 40mph in second just by flicking the throttle like i could in first on my r1. My friends new r1s throttle response was better then the previous r1s because of FI, but it still didn't seem to have quite the low end power. I never ran it to redline so i don't know about the top end. I can't really get on my bike yet bc i am still breaking it in. Im not supposed to take it above 6k. But i have pulled up 2nd gear and rode a few out for a ways before hitting 6k just in powering them up. its awesome. I had full akrapovic and ivan jet kiton my old r1. The power feels close to the gixxer (stock) but the low end on the r1 wasn't there. The new r1 i can feel the power increase from the FI alot more then the old one.
The main thing once again, the r1 is easier to ride. The gixxer feels more likea full fledged race bike. Face down ass up, soo stable, yet not the bike you might take out on a sunday evening to relax around town. The gixxer is simply harder to ride for that reason. But once you hit those twisties and lean it over, you feel that the bike was made for that.
I am not going to say one bike is better then the other one. Anyone who wants to write in saying this is bs or whatever bikes sucks. PROVE YOUR IMMATURITY and do it. All iam saying is what i noticed. maybe somethign else will think differently. WHO CARES. in my mind these two bikes are by far the best liter bikes you can buy. Sorry but I think the 954 doesnt' compare at all. But thats just what i think. So anyway, i think the 02r1 is a sweet bike. When it comes down to it. certain things appeal to people and thats why the buy the bike they do. if you put these bikes up against eachother on twisties, track, in town, straight line, drag, you name it, it will all come down to the abilities. EVERYONE has said that a 1000 times. a 9r could beat anyone of these bikes if the rider is better. anyway i am tired of writing. have fun on your bike. LETS RIDE!
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