After doing some research and talking to people I have decided not to buy the R6. I Rode my friends '03 R6 and it wasn't all that comfortable to ride and when it gets to about 8500RPM the power just hits like a ton of bricks. Didn't know if it had something to do with me (only 5'7, 140lbs) or if the bike wasn't quite my riding style. Then i talked to my friends neighbor who has an '03 R1 and he let me take it around the block a few times and the power (although way more) is a lot smoother being deliverd and made me more confident in riding, plus it was more comfortable even though they seem like they wouldn't be different. Needless to say im going to be in the market soon for an '02-'03 R1. I may get flamed for this but i know not to push my limits and either bike would kill me or hurt me in a split second. The odd thing, insurance wasn't to bad for me being only 18 with a modified '86 T/A. The R6 would have been $47 a month and the R1 is only $69 a month! Also i plan on taking the MSF course and taking it very slow. Wish me luck, later guys/gals....Keep it rubber side down.