WHen I got my new 6, I felt the same way. The bike was SOOO smooth through the corners... I found myself going nearly twice as fast in some bends as I used to on my GPz1100.
Now I have to admit I was pretty underwhelmed with the power of the 6, but once I got her in her element... it was unbelievable. She tracks over rough pavement better than any streetbike I have ever ridden... even at illegal speeds.
That is what prompted me to look at track riding exclusively. There is just too much risk in riding fast enough to truly enjoy the R6 on the street. Yea, I went down at the track... and it will be expensive to fix the damage. But I was almost completely uninjured. If I would have been riding at the same level on the street... I would probably be dead.
The other day when getting my new tyre I told my dealer I would probably trade in the 6 for an '04' R1 at the end of the year. He told my i'd be a fool. He had ridden both and hands down on the street the r6 is faster and more fun to ride. The new R1 is apparently scary. This from a guy that would have made a good commision from the sale in 9 months. I might just keep this one till the new R6 is out now. Im hoping for 130+ps and 250 dimensions. Who'd need an R1 then. Just the posers you'd pass in the twisties.
i've just sold my 175bhp monster and bought my wee standard 2003 6 and i'm doin some mods on it to make it go a bit better and corner a tad better and i'm hoping to have a bike that will lap as fast as the monster i just sold......... there is far more fun to be had on a smaller bike riding on the roads like you guys......... if i still did i would most probably have a sweet little 250 like a NSR smart card thing or equivalent they are so much good fun! anyone who rides big bikes are doin so cos they enjoy the fact that there mates think they are more macho etc.....
I rode test rode the R1 and the R6 back to back and I chose the 6. I have rode a gixxer 1000 and other radical bikes but the R1 is way more than I need. i bought the 6 to become a better rider and I dont regret it at all. I think the 6 is more comfy and its just a sweet overall kickass bike. I think the 03 R6 is better looking than the R1 but I love the looks of the 04 R1. Maybe when I get my next bike in about 4 years I'll get a literbike and they are only going to get better as the years go on. BTW the 6 is the most fun bike I have ever been on and I have a good time evertime I go out and thats what it's all about :mrgreen: