My other bike is a Tacoma
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Santa Rosa CA
Bike: Bitchin' Blue 2012 R6
Re: What made you choose R6 over R1?
Here's my reasons for getting an 2012 R6 this time (last 2 bikes were both R1's).
Didn't feel like spending an extra 3 grand this time.
2008-13 R6's are the best looking Japanese sportbikes ever built IMO.
They sound better IMO than the crossplane. This from a guy who can't stand the sound of a Ducati. Although I don't totally hate the sound of a crossplane or a V-twin, just not my preferance.
Slightly better range on a tank of gas (maybe), helps from getting stranded out in the sticks because the crossplane decided to drink gas faster from essentially the same size tank. At least I hear the crossplane gets worse MPG than previous R1's.
For riding twisty roads, 99% of the time I don't need 155'ish RWHP.
The R6 is not a pregnant pig on roller skates kind of how an R1 can at times feel on back roads to me. I'm a big guy and can throw a liter bike around pretty good but there are times on an R1 I feel like I'm trying to corner with a school bus.
The way I have to park it in my garage, I need to dead lift the ass end of the bike to park it and the R6 is lighter LOL.
Time will tell if I keep it long term. I seem to change bikes out every two years anyway. This one may be a keeper, unless I get tired of wringing it's neck to 10,000-15,000 RPM and doing tripple downshifts all the time, but that's actually another reason I like it and that 15,000 RPM sound.... YUMMY!
Objects in mirror are V-twins.
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