Until the '03 ZX-6R comes out I think the GSXR-600 Susuki has the edge among the 600's. It is the fastest and best handling and doesn't seem to have any serious reliability problems. Also, the fuel injection give Honda and Susuki an edge over the other two.
I think all the 600's are great bikes, these days its just a matter of what you like. You are never going to use the 600cc to it's full potential so they are all equal (pretty much)
The F4i is a sweet machine but its also on the top 5 of most stolen bikes list. Two of my friends had an F4i both of them got stolen, one bought another one and that one got stolen too!
I personally like the ZX6R for its comfort, its styling is a bit dated compaired to the other bikes. Besides I like carbs, you can do a lot more with carbs than FI (right now) I really don't need to have the latest and greatest bike around, Hell I drive a 1995 Honda Odyssey (minivan) if I was that type of person my choice of bike would be the 2002 Silver and Black R1.
I think in 2003 Kawasaki will be back on top, but keep in mind Honda too is coming out with a new 600 that is rummored to be top dog. Its not going to be an F series, its going to be an all new CBR 600. The are still going to sell an F4i or F5i along with the new 600 (like kawasaki selling the ZX6R 636 and the ZX6RR 600 in 2003)
Really its all on what you like... buy the bike you think you can keep around for a few years.... Look at comfort, riding position, color/patteren etc... and choose.
I personally was set out to buy a 2000 R6 (BLUE ONLY) but they were sold out and only had the red ones so the Kawasaki was second on my list (the suzuki and honda were too ugly for me)
I went to the kawasaki shop and they had both the red and green, I chose the green.
localbar is too right. it's all preference. all of these bikes are amazing machines. i don't think there are many out there that can call any of these 4 bikes (gsxr, cbr, zx, yzf) slow. i read a great quote by ken kenitsugu in sport rider magazine (ken is an amazing rider and knows more about sportbikes then many people could ever wish of knowing), he said that "the average sportbike rider will push his/her bike to 25% of it's ability 10% of the time." think about that, it's very true. sportbikes are so close to each other now, it comes down to which one looks the best and feels the best.
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I second the reasoned comments of the two posts, and my flip answer was all in fun (this IS the ZX6R board)
They are all good (far better than me). I found the Honda seat to be like a damn board cuase my ass is getting old. I prefer the not-so-totally-laid-down-on-the-tank positioning of the 6R cause my wrists are getting old. I probably bleed Green.
But whatever ... the 'models' comment says it all.
The ZX6R has a better engine than the F4i. Go to www.factorypro.com and check out their dyno section. And that's without ram air factored in.
Also, ZX6Rs kick ass at the drag strip, www.amaprostar.com, check under the results section.
Power up top is about the same, but ZX6Rs have more power down low and mid range.
The F4i has better fit and finish and attention to detail. Build quality on the Honda is better.
Fuel injection is not necessarily better. It is better for emissions, fuel economy, cold weather starts, altitude changes, nitrous/turbo.
Carburetors are better for smooth power delivery and a beefier torque curve.
ZX6R has the better engine. F4i has superior build and finish/is more 'flash'.
Also, be aware that the F4i is plagued by a weak cam chain tensioner. You have to replace it periodically on them. So much so that there ahve been letter campaigns to Honda and there's always group buys for them.
red??.. aww damn.. rookie mistake.. the YELLOW ones are the fastest. but red will do for now.. If you came off an ex500.. I guess the red is the best choice.. but the green ones are a little slower than the red ones.
$7500 is a good deal about the heat, its normal. All bikes get hot, the more you rev the hotter it gets. You can minimize the heat by using the proper gear... meaning keeping the bike under 6-7k but right now you should not be going above 4K.....
If you are in stop and go traffic your bike will get HOT on the highway it cools down a bit but its still hot to the touch...
Yeah...that peski break in period...I swear manufactures tell sport bike riders to keep in under 4K for 500 miles just to laugh at us. Its like, you just got a new bike and you are soooo excited about it...but wait...ride it like a granny for the next month or so.
I kept my new bike under 4k for about 150 miles...then I just HAD to take it on the freeway. I didn't over do it there thought...still kept it under 6k, which in my opion, isn't going to cause catostrophic failure in your engine. Now you won't find me racing it or doing wheelies or anything of that nature for a while. My advise is to just chill and look cool for a couple months before you catch your hair on fire with your new "crotch rocket".
Yeah, my bike got up to 220 degrees a week ago in stop and go traffic. I thought that was a little high even for a sport bike...is it?
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