*GASP* Your lookin' for a fight. Even mentioning that this bike could compare with the likes of the SV 650 and VFR! Blasphemer, I hereby request that MO revoke nweaver's subscription. His only saving grace is that he left the Connie out of this!
Personaly i like the faired version. This would be my first choice to buy if it were available here in the US now. If i'm lucky (yea right) they'll bring it here in the next few months so i can get one.
According to Motorcylenews, the new '04 R1 is strikingly similar to an Agusta F4. The naked Fazer also has the essential design elements of the Brutale. I wonder if Massimo has been duly compensated by Yamaha.
I've got a 98 Honda Nighthawk 750 after owning a CB650, a VFR750, and a KAW ZR7, and I think the NHAWK is fine, with a bit more comfort in riding position than the FZ600. At 15 over legal speeds the Nighthawk is great. 1500 miles in three and a half weeks, eh wot! I only spent $3500.00 too, so I can get lots of nifty accessories, take the woman to Tahiti...etc etc. But I regress, the FZ is what alot of riders are lookin for these days.
Great styling! I love the underseat exhaust, and the other stuff. I think this could be a great bike here, giving the SV650 a run for its money. I plan to write to Yamaha asking them to market it here. I am sure it would be a success (unless it's priced way high). BTW, I have a 92 Nighthawk 750, and I can push that bike and have fun: I can stay with or pass a lot of squids on sportbikes in curves, but the power is simply not there and the handling..., let's say when you take the Angeles Crest at fast speeds it is not confidence inspiring.
I would love a bike like this one, with the versatility to commute and have fun on weekends!
faired - cross between SV650 and BMW R1100S. Sweet.
It looks like that clunky grabrail could be ditched and leave a handy mounting point for Givi mounts. That would make it a sweet middleweight sport-tourer/commuter. And I bet that 90% of street riders would be faster on this than the R6. If I didn't already have a Givi-ed Bandit 600, and if I wasn't still prejudiced against liquid cooling ("what, I gotta check a radiator now?"), I'd buy one. But I don't think it would sell well here in the US, where posing rules. Bet it will be the best-seller in England, though.
Japanese bike manufacturers are famous for making sure you feel that your current bike is behind the times. They make the bike all knew so your bike of a couple of years has no interchangeable part. This makes it easier to price gouge you at the dealer for any parts you'll eventually need. By the way how does bolting at the triple clamp automatically make the frame stiffer, lighter, cheaper???? Just cause they say so doesn't mean you have to buy into it without any supporting data. 3 years from now they'll be velcro fastening the frame together to make it stiffer, lighter, cheaper. Cheaper has more than one conotation.
Maybe the FZ600 can do what the Triumph Speed 4 hasn't been able to do - sell a bike with state-of-art handling and supersport brakes, but with an everyday street motor. But, then again, maybe that just doesn't work in this country. The Fazer and Hornet have been in Europe for years. Here, the old Fazer sort of fizzled out. What about the Katana? Given these choices already most guys are just buying the SS600s. Last year's 600 is a still more bike than the SV650 and such, for a lot less than this year's SS600! The extra couple of thou doesn't seem to matter.