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Old 06-22-2005, 07:42 AM   #1
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for those thninking of getting an R1

found this interesting thread on R1 forum

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I have been having a hard time lately, maybe it is buyers remorse, not really sure. I bought my 05 Black R1 in February, between the time i bought it and now I have put a total of 170 miles on it, the last 90 miles have been over the past 2 weeks. Yes you read that right, 170 miles TOTAL.

I bought a new house and have been doing alot of stuff with it so my riding time just is not available, or so it seems. Also, I have a track bike and street riding just does not appeal to me as much as it used to. If i had a track closer to me i would probably give up street riding all together.

In the small amount of miles i have put on the bike it seems like it is just so overpowered to really have alot of fun on while on the street without breaking every law out there. Don't get me wrong, the bike does everything right, handles great, smooth, easy to ride, somewhat comfortable.

What do you all do when/if you ever feel like this? I used to have a 600 for the street and it just seemed like it was more fun to ride on the street than my R1. maybe i am just getting old.

Your thoughts.

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I think the older R1's are better street bikes because they make their power down low which makes them more fun on the street. Seems like on the 04/05 R1's you have to be doing over 100mph before the real power kicks in. That 05 would be sweet on the track though.
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I agree the 05 would be nice on the track, but i have my R6 pretty much set up the way i want now and it is paid for. So if I go down at least i do not have to worry about that.

I am contemplating selling the R1 and maybe finding something more street oriented. I keep looking at bikes like the Monster, Tuono, and Motards. They just seem like they would be more fun to play on the street with. Unfortunately i have never rode any of these to really be sure. I have only read the reviews from the mags.
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I will be replacing my R1 with an R6 For those and other reasons.

this comes from dedicated R1 fanatics, trust their thoughts and reasons...

think before you buy
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Re: for those thninking of getting an R1

Nothingman, if this is their first bike they are making a GRAVE mistake, maybe they would get lucky and be alright but to give them an idea, i am no expert, but i ride in the mid intermediate group at trackdays and don't consider myself fast but i am not extremely slow either. A new R1 for a new rider would be a big mistake. It will bite them if not very careful and if they are just going to put around they will NEVER learn to ride well or it will take them much much longer to learn how to ride well. An R1 is NOT for a new rider. They will have more fun on a smaller bike.
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Old 06-22-2005, 08:28 AM   #3
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Re: for those thninking of getting an R1

Its a valid point - dont get me wrong, I LOVE my R1, even more so since I've thrashed it round Silverstone


but on the streets? ...you break every speed limit in the country riding out first gear! I managed to pick up 3 points only 4 days after I got it... ...and I was running in, ffs!

I do seem to spend a LOT of time looking over my shoulder for Plod, which f**** up your ride, tbh - cos the fun starts when you get into the upper reaches of the rev range....and by that time, you're speeding, usually by quite a lot.


Is it too much? I dunno, I really dont - but I know Im not selling it unless I have to - I gotta tell you, Im not sure my licence is gonna last the summer LOL
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