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Old 02-20-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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New to forum looking for R6/R1

Im finally ready to buy a bike have cash in hand, I would like a white R6 with low miles or possibly an R1 as everybody at work is advising me to get. Any help finding me a bike would greatly be appreciated
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:20 PM   #2
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:56 AM   #5
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I'm really not interested in taking it to the track just more of a commuter and pleasure bike...but I keep getting told I will regret getting the R6 over the R1 only after a few months...this will be my first bike so i want to start off safe with the R6...what do y'all think is the R1 ok to learn to ride on
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I'm really not interested in taking it to the track just more of a commuter and pleasure bike...but I keep getting told I will regret getting the R6 over the R1 only after a few months...this will be my first bike so i want to start off safe with the R6...what do y'all think is the R1 ok to learn to ride on
Here we go again!

Any newer model 600 CC supersport bike can run a 130+mph 10second 1/4 mile with the right rider on a good day. If you get bored with speeds surpassing nearly every single factory car in existence in a straight line after "only a few months" then Sir, you are in the wrong sport.

Is the R1 ok to learn to ride on, is a question you have to ask yourself. Because its not a matter of whether the bike can handle you, its whether or not you can handle yourself on the bike. And generally speaking if you are so concerned with a 10second bike, that you need a 9second bike to feel good about your purchase, chances are you don't have the self control to learn on an R1.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:07 AM   #7
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Yup. It's all in YOUR wrist and your level-headedness.
Take the MSF and get the R6. You won't regret it.
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Learning on an R6 is dangerous, and foolish. Learning on an R1 is almost like signing your own death warrant.

"self-control" only accounts for so much... Because even if you have it, inexperience will kill you on a 152 Horsepower SuperSport motorcycle.

Please, take the collective advice of those here, and do some homework. I can't imagine anyone regretting an R6. Those things move like lighting.
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Bored on an r6....holy thats funny.

How many of your coworkers actually own an r6 and are bored?
If ur really worried get a turbo busa and be done with it.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:26 AM   #10
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Both of these bikes are horrible commuter and pleasure bikes. The riding position is miserable riding on straight roads, basically all of Houston.
If comfort, commuting, and pleasure is what you want look into the Fz6 or Fz1, if a 600 is "underpowered" to you.

The Yamaha "R" moderls are probably one of the worst 600 for a beginner as well since their power curve is very sharp in the upper RPMs. Their "powerband" can get you in some trouble...

This is coming from someone who has owned two R6's.
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I started on a 1200cc bike, though not a supersport.

It was.... entertaining. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and I very nearly got myself into trouble several times. Not because of lack of self-restraint (which I have plenty), just unfamiliarity and inexperience. It's just too easy to get into a panic situation, and as you'll learn... all your panic reactions will crash you.

Get the bike you want. Motorcycles purchases are and should be emotional, but common sense says to stay away from both of those. But if the Yamaha R moves your soul, get the R6. I can't think of any good reason to start on the R1. Getting bored - definitely won't be an issue.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:07 AM   #12
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Get something that isn't a supersport especially if it is just for commuting and pleasure riding...

250 cc Ninja
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If you want something bigger then great choices are

Ninja 500
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Notice the 650cc are Vtwins or Parallel twins... plenty of power, alot more forgiving than a super sport and easier to learn on. My two cents... I may even be selling an SV soon.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:13 AM   #13
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Seriously though....
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I have owned an r6 and an r1. Respect the bike and get fhe r1. The r6 is super fast but when riding with buddies with liter bikes, they will own the road, although i have seen great r6 riders do pretty good. I Learned on a liter bike, take your time and respect it. I also think they are the best looking bike around. Nonetheless, safe ri
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I started with the R6.. No idea how to ride one.. no license and no experience... however... I did have a helmet and jacket with a nice set of gloves.

I now have an R1 after 3 yrs of riding my R6. After a while it does get tired to ride a 600cc at 8500rpm

My R6 now has 40,000 miles and I put all those miles my self, Love the bike but she belongs on the track!

My R1.. well.. She is one fast bike! eats tires like butter! 6,000 miles and two rear tires so far, I love it for city riding and specially freeway riding. If I need to get up and go this thing got it all !!!! BUT.. I think If I had this bike as a 1st bike I would had killed my self.

Get the R6.. have fun with it.. sell it later once you are ready for more power.

The main thing you should always be aware of, is that YOU control the bike... whatever happens is all because of YOU. Make the right choice.
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Thank you for everyone's in put...Senator I come to realize today that the r6 is not that comfortable I looked at an r6 and a gsxr 600 today the gsxr has a better seating position and didn't seem to put me up on my wrist as much but the r6 is by far a better looking bike...and I realize you have to respect the bike no matter what your on...with that being said I should be purchasing a very nice r6 by this weekend that I have found on this forum...wish me luck
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Thank you for everyone's in put...Senator I come to realize today that the r6 is not that comfortable I looked at an r6 and a gsxr 600 today the gsxr has a better seating position and didn't seem to put me up on my wrist as much but the r6 is by far a better looking bike...and I realize you have to respect the bike no matter what your on...with that being said I should be purchasing a very nice r6 by this weekend that I have found on this forum...wish me luck
No prob. Just wanted to let you know the truth. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Yamahas, but they def not are not something you want to sit on for hours on end. Good luck with your purchase, respect whatever machine you get, and let us know what you end up with!

PS- you should have barely any weight if at all on your wrists, use your thighs to grip the tank and your stomach muscles to hold you up.
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