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Old 03-23-2011, 02:24 PM   #21
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:47 PM   #25
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if you're under 200 lbs I'd get the 636, i think you'd enjoy the handling more. if you're over 200 you'd probably appreciate the r1's torque curve more.
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Plus with the r1 u would waste more gas..
Fuel mileage has more to do with how your ride..

Remember, the R1 is almost the same weight with more power. better power to weight ratio means the engine works less hard to reach speed.

at the end of the day though, your wrist will dictate gas mileage.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:52 PM   #27
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I have to agree w/SuperKat on gas.

I will say that I have ZERO regrets going from an '09 CBR600 to an '09 CBR1000. I felt like the revving required to get the 600 going sort of begged me to go faster. Conversely, even moderate revving of my 1000 reminds me of how much I don't need to push it...thus I feel I'm driving it more responsibly. Not sure if this makes any sense.

I also went from roughly 44mpg to 35 mpg but for the feeling of knowing I don't want anything else, it was worth it. After totaling my 600, I was going to get another but didn't want to yearn for the 1k or kick myself for just getting it in the first place.....and I haven't.

Insurance might be a consideration also. For me, it was only an extra $15 or so bucks a month.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:23 PM   #28
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I've been riding since I was 15 and am 20 now, so the experience part isn't a problem. I like both bikes but I'm partial to the way a 600 handles
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:48 PM   #29
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Get the R1 for a daily driver. Not sure about the 03 but on an 08 that I rode you can just throw it in 5th or 6th and forget about it on the freeway. There is enough torque at lower RPMs to still rocket past other cars when you need to maneuver around instead of having to drop it down a gear to get a good burst of acceleration like you do on the 600s.
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I'd take the 636 over an 02-03 R1. I've only ridden one 03 R1, but that thing handled like a tank. The little bit of extra power was nice, but not enough to overcome how heavy it felt.
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Im a kawi guy myself but had a 03 R1 before my 14. LOVED it. But i dont mind a heavier bike. Every day rider? Id say the r1.............
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I forgot to say that youll notice and appreicate that bigger motor when you are on the freeway and such. I LOVE the fact i can stick my 14, or r1 in your case, in 6th gear and just cruise along when i want to with out any noticeable load on my motor.
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I can't believe this is even a comparison.... Lol
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Get the R1 for a daily driver. Not sure about the 03 but on an 08 that I rode you can just throw it in 5th or 6th and forget about it on the freeway. There is enough torque at lower RPMs to still rocket past other cars when you need to maneuver around instead of having to drop it down a gear to get a good burst of acceleration like you do on the 600s.
There's a 5th and 6th fear on a R1???? go figure!!!
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:43 PM   #36
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I've owned 02 R1 since 03 and have ZX6R (08) and out of those too it's best bike for daily commuting / sunday rides. Out of many bikes I've ridden, that vintage R1 is the smoothest of all, for some reason Yamaha got the fuel injection right on the first non carbeurated R1. Great torque, but it lacks the top end of the newer R1s. Seating position is not very extreme, and it appears to me that the seat is somewhat lower that the ZX6R. You appear to sit in the bike not on top (if that makes sense). Like others pointed out, you put the R1 in one gear and go. Keep in mind, my comparison is between different model year ZX6R. The brakes on the ZX6R are better though.

Oh, and liter bikes are waaaay cooler than 600s.
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Get the R1 for a daily driver. Not sure about the 03 but on an 08 that I rode you can just throw it in 5th or 6th and forget about it on the freeway. There is enough torque at lower RPMs to still rocket past other cars when you need to maneuver around instead of having to drop it down a gear to get a good burst of acceleration like you do on the 600s.
+1 - whut he said. Torque = good..
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:23 AM   #38
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02/03 r1 MY all time fav bike, great fun factor. The low end torque is amazing. All the new bikes are geared more for track these days and you don't get all the power until up in the rpms. 02/03 R1, 04/05 ZX10, and 05/06 GSXR1000 all have that crazy power curve that make them a blast on the street. Don't get the 636 unless you:

1. weigh less than 140 lbs.

2. don't have girlfriend to ride on back

3. track only bike

4. parking lot stunt only bike

5. are new/inexperienced rider
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