I thought i should check in with you guys being as i'm a new guy and all. My name is Sam about a week ago i bought my 2004 Rapid Red R6 ( i know the screen name didn't give it way). I wanted the team yamaha blue R6, but i did some thinking and talked myself out of it for a few reasons. Blue seems to be the popular color and i'm kind of a different guy so i went with the red. Plus i think it looks awesome. Although you can't get an R6 in an ugly color. I've been lusting after the R6 for a few years now and i finally decided to pull the trigger and buy one. Unfortunately the bike payment will cut into the funding for my 1969 Mustang Mach 1 project, but that car is being built very delibretly and carefully so i have plenty of time. What else. I'm a full time student and i work almost full time as an automotive technician. My bike has about 200 miles on it and i'm trying to decide if a 500 mile round trip to Long Beach, CA is a good call. Any opinions on that are welcome. It's been nice meeting you guys and i hope to learn a lot from this site.