great spread of power, for a 600.
comfortable for sports touring, good wind protection.
reasonable for two up, for a 600.
great for track days.
sensational brakes (especially with a set of braided lines).
a fantastic all round bike for most every occassion.
I reckon the quality of finish isn't as good as the "others".
hasn't got that top end rush of some 600's, but the broader spread of power makes up for it.
can get a bit "loose" on the track compared to some of the more focused track 600's, but again this is some what of a trade off for the bikes great road manners.
The current Fi GSXR600 is the goods if your bag is track days and nothing else. They "feel" like a race bike as soon as you jump on them and are much more responsive in both the chassis and motor (the motors hit 9k rpm ang just whaaaale) then the ZX6R in a track environment. I'd love one myself, BUT, I need more then just a hard core track bike - hence the Zixxer getting pride of place in my garage.
In my opinion, you should definitely get the kawi.
My friend had a 2001 gsxr600, I'm not sure if you're talking about a 2000, anyway, I think 2001 was the latest generation( I don't know much about gixxers).
I don't know what you're looking for in a bike, if you're planning on racing, or taking long trips, just commuting...
I tried my friend's bike and I didn't really like it. It feels like it has a higher center of gravity and it vibrates way more than my 6r.
It does feel more responsive, the low to mid range torque is greater than my bike, and the FI works well. The thing I didn't like was the riding position. Your knees are almost bent in half and the handlebars are a far reach forward. I was unable to get in a comfortable position, unless I was in racetrack conditions.
I might simply be the effect of the steering damper, but when I would lean the bike it felt like it was staying in that leaned position until I would bring it back.
If your main concern is the acceleration, a gsxr600 will not pull away from other 600's. I have a 1998 6r and I was actually slightly quicker than him on a straight line, though it is said to have a slight advantage on the dyno...
Personnally, I have never liked the way Suzuki's are built, I find them harAnd everyone knows kawi's make a better soundd to work on, and do not really trust them...
And everyone knows kawi's make a better sound.
i just purchased a 2002 6r so i am not too biased on this topic yet. i personally love mine. the power is awesome. some people dont like carbs, but when you considr the fact that fi is still relatively new in motorcycles, carbs are just more practical and cheaper to work on.power commanders are probable atleast three times expensive as a jet kit. ive heard the gixxer is not as smooth as the 6r but does have more peak power. ive also read in cycle world recently that suzukis burn more oil. i dont know about you but i would sacrifice a few extra horse for the comfort and reliability you get from the 6r.
I may go older, or I may wait till the new 03 is out and check it out. The '03 some people say, is smaller. Which would be good for me. Not smaller in seat height, but in size. It also will be the fastest, lightest, most powerfull 600 in the class. I odn't want it mainly cause of that. But because it looks cool, and it's a bike! lol. The ergos on kawi's, yes, I have sat on them, are the best out there. I wouldn't see why they wouldn't want to keep the ergos comfy still as well. I dunno about any of you but the new kawi is sexier than a yamaha. Alot of the guys on the kawi's in the pictures must be tall. They make the bike look like a midget! I hope that is the case because I am only 5'6" I know I can get on them comfortably, but I still wish I could be a lil taller. Maybe boots will help me out on this one? I do plan on full leathers. Soo many to choose from it gets irritating. To alpinestars, or to dainese, that is the question. I dunno. I am looking at teknics new violator jacket. but I want a full suit. So I may go for their lightning one or two piece depending if black is available for the 2 piece. Sidi race boots, here I come. I know what it is like to not have perfect feet. I was born with clubbed feet and about 6 months later had surgery on them. I want the best boots I can get to protect my feet. And sidi seems to be the "breakfast of champions". Shoei's maybe heavy, but not anymore. According to shoei their new x-11 helmet is the lightest, most breathing friendly, and comfortable. I dunno about noise. I would love to get on an open freeway someday, or a deserted road that goes for miles and run the bike to it's ends. Only, with no cars in my way! I don't wanna die! Plus, I really want a new bike. It may cost me alot but I will be able to do it.
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