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Old 11-11-2008, 05:41 PM   #41
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here's my opinion....i've rode almost all 600's and owned a variety of them. performance wise, here's what i would rate from best to least

06+ R6 (not the S model)
06+ gsxr6
07+ 600rr

now since u are willing to spend around $4500 for a track/race READY bike. here's what my list would include from best option to least.

05-06 636
04-05 gsxr 6/750
03-06 600rr
03-05 r6

again those are only my opinions, and the bikes i have ridden and owned.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:55 PM   #42
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here's my opinion....i've rode almost all 600's and owned a variety of them. performance wise, here's what i would rate from best to least

06+ R6 (not the S model)
06+ gsxr6
07+ 600rr

now since u are willing to spend around $4500 for a track/race READY bike. here's what my list would include from best option to least.

05-06 636
04-05 gsxr 6/750
03-06 600rr
03-05 r6

again those are only my opinions, and the bikes i have ridden and owned.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:48 PM   #43
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Seems like the question the manfactures ask themselves each year.
I do not ride track so I am not really qualified to respond.

But before I buy a bike I carefully decide what I want from the bike.
Be honest here.
Then make a list of about 5 that seem suitable and read the articals
while comprising a pros/cons list of each.

For a track bike artilce information on Handling and Brakes would be up there.
(Granted brakes can be changed but still)

Then Dyno charts and weight need looked at.

Example
From review of the August 08 motorcyclist mag.

The GSX R6
weighs 441 lbs tank full
Produces 44.7 ft/lbs torque @ 11,000 RPM
Produces 105.7 HP @ 13,250 RPM
Appears to redline at 14,750 RPM
1/4 mile is 10.74 sec@ 128.27 MPH

The YSF R6
weighs 429 lbs tank full
Produces 42.7 ft/lbs torque @ 10,750 RPM
Produces 108.5 HP @ 14,250 RPM
Appears to redline at 15,500 RPM
1/4 mile is 10.81 sec@ 132.72 MPH

R6 is 12 pounds lighter then the GSX this should be a big track plus
Slightly higher torque especially in the low end should make the GSX quicker off the line but the higher RPM and HP of the R6 makes it pull real strong if kept in the higher RPM range.

This accounts for higher top speed in 1/4 but slightly slower ET.

If handling and braking are the same and rider skills are equal and moderate to good the suzuki is likley the better choice, but if rider skills are good to better than good the yamaha should be the quicker / faster track bike.
It looks like it needs to be brought into the high revs qucikly and kept there.

I think the two most outstanding statistices here are.

1) Yamaha is 12 pounds lighter
2) Yamaha 1/4 mile trap speed is 4.5 MPH higher.

Also sit on the bikes one might feel more right.

Sorry for not having info on the Kawasaki (There are a lot of them)
Has for the 600RR you already have one (Pro / Con)
Why not go for some variety.

FYI I have had a drink or two.

Good Luck
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:24 PM   #44
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My track bike is an '02 R6. It has a 520 chain conversion and sprockets are down one tooth in front, up two in rear. D&D exhaust, slipper clutch, new throttle cable, vortex clip ons, pazzo levers and racing pegs. I gotta say the bike is a joy to run at the track. Plus the carbs are jetted and it is well maintained.
My road bike is also an '02 R6 with street tires and hardly any add-ons, needless to say both are great to ride, but they are like night and day.

I think if you find any used 600 bike, just mod it up to your liking and it should foot the bill as a race bike.

But R6 ftw
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Old 11-15-2008, 03:04 AM   #45
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My vote goes for the R6, handles fantastic and has alot of rpm potential.
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