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Old 01-23-2008, 05:53 PM   #41
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Kawasaki quit making the 636 and I wanted to buy new.
the 636s were pimp. That was the 2nd bike I ever rode in my life and I fell in love wit it
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:15 PM   #42
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If you can get the R6 at a good price on a buddy deal, I say go for it I had the opportunity to ride a stock one (06 I think) in the hill country last year and really enjoyed it. It was a sprited ride, pretty much all day long. I thought it was a pretty sweet bike. 1st of all, IMO, they are flat out the best looking 600 (in the black with red striping) of the bunch - but that's about the only way I can compare it to the other 600's though, as I havent rode any others since my 96 Bandit. Regarless, I thought the shifter/shifting was super smooth - better than my ZX12 and light years beyond the REX. Leg room wasnt bad either (not as good as my ZX-12, but better than my REX with Giles rear sets). The seat was fairly comfortable too. Not a lot of low or midrange power as mentioned, but that puppy would move out great once I got it over 10k. You definitely need to keep the rpms up to get her to run, but once you get a feel for it and get used to dropping a few gears to find the sweet spot, the thing really scoots. I wasnt dissapointed in the power at all (actually a little surprised by it) The handling felt nice and it held the lines well, but since it was stock equipment that wasnt setup for my weight (I'm a little over 6ft and around 245), I found the steering to be a little slow, and I had to move around on the bike a little more than normal in the tight stuff.

Just my thoughts - far from any technical or racers review...

BTW, I'm still surprised John let me ride it. Don't know if the roles were reversed, that I could have done the same...
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:24 PM   #44
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If you can get the R6 at a good price on a buddy deal, I say go for it I had the opportunity to ride a stock one (06 I think) in the hill country last year and really enjoyed it. It was a sprited ride, pretty much all day long. I thought it was a pretty sweet bike. 1st of all, IMO, they are flat out the best looking 600 (in the black with red striping) of the bunch - but that's about the only way I can compare it to the other 600's though, as I havent rode any others since my 96 Bandit. Regarless, I thought the shifter/shifting was super smooth - better than my ZX12 and light years beyond the REX. Leg room wasnt bad either (not as good as my ZX-12, but better than my REX with Giles rear sets). The seat was fairly comfortable too. Not a lot of low or midrange power as mentioned, but that puppy would move out great once I got it over 10k. You definitely need to keep the rpms up to get her to run, but once you get a feel for it and get used to dropping a few gears to find the sweet spot, the thing really scoots. I wasnt dissapointed in the power at all (actually a little surprised by it) The handling felt nice and it held the lines well, but since it was stock equipment that wasnt setup for my weight (I'm a little over 6ft and around 245), I found the steering to be a little slow, and I had to move around on the bike a little more than normal in the tight stuff.

Just my thoughts - far from any technical or racers review...

BTW, I'm still surprised John let me ride it. Don't know if the roles were reversed, that I could have done the same...

well i will be picking it up when i get back to houston...so thanks to everyone with their helpful comments...thank you
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That R6 will make between 95-105rwhp in REALISTIC numbers.......probably truely make 100hp/45tq if its low mileage, well maintained and healthy. The midrange is soft on them but you can go up a couple teeth on the rear sprocket and make a huge difference cheap. If you wanted to spend money on it, you could get a full Graves pipe or an Akrapovich race system, a PCIIIUSB and a custom map and gain another 8-10hp total. That would cost you about $1200-1500 to do but........its probably not worth spending that money, then you could have bought a bigger bike for all that cost...

You will like the R6 though, they are fun to ride, if you are getting a deal and you like how it looks, I say go for it.

I do like the 636s the best out of the 600s though, they make the most snot in the midrange out of all of them and usually break 105-110rwhp if its in good shape.

BTW I have a buddy selling an 04 636, all stock with 2800 miles on it. I think he wants $5k, its blue and in perfect condition.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:35 PM   #47
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245? , im suprised that suspension took that stock....

im not the techspert of the forum or anything....but ummm

arent most bikes stock setup for a 170lb'r?
They definitely don't come setup for 200+ riders, but common now - I'm not the heaviest rider here and a lot lighter than most who ride 2 up. Not like I had the suspension fully compressed or was bottoming anything out.
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I do like the 636s the best out of the 600s though, they make the most snot in the midrange out of all of them and usually break 105-110rwhp if its in good shape.

BTW I have a buddy selling an 04 636, all stock with 2800 miles on it. I think he wants $5k, its blue and in perfect condition.

Yessir. I absolutely LOVE my 636. The 05-06 could use the Evo shift star though. The 03-04's were light as as well. Your friend definatly needs to ride more.
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Yessir. I absolutely LOVE my 636. The 05-06 could use the Evo shift star though. The 03-04's were light as as well. Your friend definatly needs to ride more.
Yeah he has had it since 05, he works two jobs and works weekends so he never rides it. It still has the original tires on it. It does have an akro carbon fiber slip on I forgot about. I figure you could get it for about $4800 or so if you waved the cash. Its a nice bike....I just don't need another bike...
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you couldn't have said it any better homie!!! I wouldn't recommend any other pipes other than those 2 mentioned
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That R6 will make between 95-105rwhp in REALISTIC numbers.......probably truely make 100hp/45tq if its low mileage, well maintained and healthy. The midrange is soft on them but you can go up a couple teeth on the rear sprocket and make a huge difference cheap. If you wanted to spend money on it, you could get a full Graves pipe or an Akrapovich race system, a PCIIIUSB and a custom map and gain another 8-10hp total. That would cost you about $1200-1500 to do but........its probably not worth spending that money, then you could have bought a bigger bike for all that cost...

You will like the R6 though, they are fun to ride, if you are getting a deal and you like how it looks, I say go for it.

I do like the 636s the best out of the 600s though, they make the most snot in the midrange out of all of them and usually break 105-110rwhp if its in good shape.

BTW I have a buddy selling an 04 636, all stock with 2800 miles on it. I think he wants $5k, its blue and in perfect condition.

Yes the 06-07 was a lacking on the mid range but there is no way a 636 could touch my 08.. I was so upset when a drunk driver hit me and totaled my 07 but it was a blessing because the 08 is a monster in comparison. Now its got midrange and still screams my name all the way past 16500rpm
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Biggest downside to the R6 seems to be that they like to catch on fire as they slide down the track.
im with maskale, these bikes have come a long way in a short time. i race an r6 but i like all sport bikes.
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