Ill get to the point.
Having owned both for 3 years now heres how I feel.
I got the Kawi 6 months before the R6.
i was skeptical because they told me Kawis were unreliable and the build quality was poor, but it was a new model and i loved the color (Grey, red wheels)
I payed 9K cash from South Bay Motorsports.
Mods, SS brake lines, under seat jumper mod, ram air.
I used it to commute daily for 2 hours.
I would take the long way everyday to work.
For the locals, from Eastlake to Golden Acorn Casino & back,
through the Otay Lakes twisties.
After 6 months I bought the R6 because I got a great deal
07 with 128 miles
for 7.5k cash OTD
I bought it from my dads super good friend, owner of JP Motorsports in Palm Ave, now in Chula Vista.
Mods: SS brake lines and Slip On.
so I rode these two bikes back to back for the last couple years,
both have been set up for my weight(suspension)
ok so pros and cons.
Pros: THE WAY IT TURNS IN. both have Pirelli Supercorsa Pro Race SC1 tires on and this bike is so perfect at turn in. I love how its so compliant to my inputs. I just picture my line in my head and follow it with the R6. the kawi is good from Mid turn on, but I do feel like i have to muscle it around more but its equally stable after that. What I do feel is that the R6 is easier to adjust my lines while in the turn. I feel like the R6 revs higher, more of a screamer and theres no heat under the seat.
Cons: The engine. My kawi makes at least 15hp more. I have to rev it more to get a move on and its way worst with a buddy as passenger. I also dislike the ergonomics so much. Stock R6 with stock clip ons is so uncomfortable on the wrist. I feel like i am leaning forward on the seat, like if the back was way higher and i fall forward always hitting my nuts. i feel like i have to squeeze the tank more with my knees under hard breaking or ill slide forward way too much. O and the seat is kinda too stiff. speedo suck, looks dated
Pros: What a lovely engine. I like that so much. It is way punchier. and this is how i proved it. i did 0-60s, 0-100, top speed runs. we used gps for top speed. and then we did the same tests with a buddy as passenger and over and over the Kawi DOMINATES. stock gearing on both.
Cons: Stock muffler heats up seat, sometimes notchy gearbox. brakes, had to upgrade pads, haven't done that to R6. It took me like 2 track days to find confidence on the front end. I hated how horribly the suspension came from the dealer. Extremely soft up front and super stiff at the back.
HONESTLY, neither is better. they are both better than my abilities but if i had to do it all over again i would. get a cbr and a gsxr just to see wtf with those two.
so if your in the market for any of these two heres my two cents.
for modding and track bikes get the R6.
for more street and everyday use kawi is no brainer
as said before, u cant go wrong with either