Dude, you should know, the new VFR is even heavier than before. 472 pounds dry....Not to mention FUUUUUGly! This is a bike that has gone down hill in styling year after year. Now the new 954 or whatever, that is a fine looking machine....
The GIXR 1K may be the end all be all of litre bikes, but the buddy of mine who got one still gets in my way in the corners (I ride an R-6). After a while, being able to say my **** is bigger than yours gets you no where, except the back of the pack lookin like a squid because you still can't ride for beans...
I like the new looks (especially the silver). Also, don't forget that ANY of the big 4 could put out 200hp motors if they wanted to.....
Yeah, a 996 is a great ride. Too bad it has a 2X4 for a seat, is grossly underpowered and has more snob appeal than owning a BMW, Rolls, and Mercedies combined! (oh, and lets not forget the rediculous price tag) If you are going to go Italian, try the Aprillia Falco. Now THAT is a mean mammajamma.
Hear hear! A fellow R-6 rider with my own sinsible reality. I am lucky to get my 6 past 10 grand more than once or twice a week. (I ride everyday to and from work. 12K miles on my 01).
A buddy of mine has an R1. I rode it. I hated the clutch. The chassis was of course, great. But talk about overkill in the power department! Who really needs that kind of power? yeah, he blows me away on the straights but so what? Get over it! For the average non squidly rider, any of the 600's are plenty of bike for fun. (unless you are a big dude).
I think that Elvis actually knows what the F he is talking about. I own a 2000 R1 and i just got back from the DRA convention in Las Vegas. (DRA= Ducati Revs America). The DRA convention was held at the Las Vegas speedway and about four million 996's showed up. One of my buddies own a 996 and i got to compare it and my bike on the track. The Duc felt really good in the turns and kept up well, but when the exit of the turn came, it got flat out smoked by the other R1's on the track. The 916's were a little faster than the 996's, but not very close to the R1's.
As soon as I saw the new R1/02 I was glad I wouldn't be lusting after it. It was ugly and too oversquare. The black frame does nothing for the looks, the rear tire hugger is too angular and overall it does not excite me. Power is a moot point to discuss, the bike already had all the power anyone can use.
for the R1, looks are what made millions like me go out and buy it.
I sincerely love the look of the original blue '98.
it still after 4 years has the best nose of any bike out there! I own a blue 00, and if I ever crash it, a 98 or 99 will replace it.
Yamaha should look back to the original look and update with FI, ram air, and less weight.
I still think the R1's are too heavy, all the comparison to GP bikes on various mags and reports were way off mark! The R1 should weigh fully around 390 lbs.
I race an R1 and I fully agree. I had hoped that the new R1 would give me a chance to deal with the GSX-R1000 but unfortunately this does not seem to be the case. Yes, I will be buying the gixer next time round, even though I think the Yamaha's styling is a lot more cool! Brand loyalty can only go so far!
Styling...Silver R1 -a stunner!Put a GSXR or HondaRR next to a Ducati ,MV Augusta,MotoGuzzi it will look so Japanese.Yamaha has moved the image of Japanese sportbikes in right direction.Motorcycle as performance tool yes ,but more than ever as Art and expression of individuality...R1 takes the lead.Lack of power is relative..skill of driving what truly needs to be adressed and all round handling.I will bet for non motorcyclist the R 1 will get most aRttention Good!!More people should admire ,purchase and ride motorcycles,it would make the world a better place.!!!As ambassador of sportbikes to uninitiated future motocyclists R 1 get my vote!!!!Zen and Art of Motorcycling Maintenance...YeeHaw!!!