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Old 09-10-2002, 05:19 PM   #31
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Default Re: 2003 Yamaha R6 Reader Feedback

While I agree that sometimes manufacturers make change just for the sake of change (and press releases), I would hate to hear the wrath and fury of many of you riders scorned by slow development cycles. I think many who complain about the fast pace of sportbike development would also be the first to flame for a moment's (or 2-3 years') worth of standstill. I say Research and Develop on 'cause it's fun and I love to see our sport thrive.
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Old 09-10-2002, 06:43 PM   #32
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I wish the Forkers would build a Fazer-6 speed-nudie from this bike: same motor, same tuning, same componentry, same everything except minimal plastic and higher bars. Shucks, maybe I'll just buy an '03 R6 and build one myself. There's probably some sap out there who'd bid eight grand for the bodywork on Ebay...
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Old 09-10-2002, 06:44 PM   #33
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Default Wow!

This is the first bike I've been truly excited about since I got my GSX-R600 in '97. If this bike is as good as it looks, I'm going to have to get one.



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Old 09-10-2002, 08:01 PM   #34
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I love the look of the quad headlights and the front of the fairing. I thought that only Italians could create a bike with this type of style.



The blue glow of the gauges looks nice as well.



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Old 09-10-2002, 08:27 PM   #35
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Default Man, 22 Sets Record for Crashing New Sportbike

Gardena, CA (UPI) Gilberto Schwartz, 22 of El Cajon, California set a record for shortest ownership of a 600cc sportbike today when he somehow crashed his 2003 Yamaha motorcycle at the split-second he tendered his credit card to make a $200 deposit.



Sources in Yamaha's Hamamatsu factory said Schwartz's bike, serial number 006, suddenly flung itself off the quality-assurance line in building 62A, flying 60 yards across the busy factory and demolishing itself in a messy heap. Factory officials are at a loss to explain the phenomenoa.



"Ja, zis is a happening zat has been therorized, but never seen by human eyes" said Werner Von Broom, a specialist in quantum mechanics at the Max Plank institute in Berlin. "Ze amount of credit extended to such young men does sumzing to the actual fabric of space und time zat can only be explained by hundreds of kilometers of illegible formula. Zis prompts the motorbike to crash as soon as ze ownership process commences."



Schwartz's crash breaks the previous record of Luigi Sung, 19, of Batavia, New York in 1999, when he took delivery of a new Honda 600cc motorcycle. As soon as Mr. Sung signed the title documents in the dealership's sales office, his new purchase inexplicably started itself up, did a 60-foot rolling burnout and high-sided itself over a two story building, landing conveniently in the recycling center next door.



Mr. Sung was paid $2.34 for the aluminum and plastic remains.



The insurance industry has responded with predictable haste.



"We have a new program for risk categories so extreme they bend the laws of space and time" said G. Reed Epigg, spokesman for the National Institute of Insurance Writers "Basically, we have the insured make a one-time payment of the full replacement value of the vehicle, plus a surcharge to pay for our annual luncheon. He usually has to pay this before he considers buying the bike, or it could crash beofre we cash the check."



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Old 09-10-2002, 08:49 PM   #36
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Old 09-10-2002, 09:03 PM   #37
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Default Re: 2003 Yamaha R6 Reader Feedback

You know, they really are quite similar lately. Seems as though they used to have at least different headlight styles, but everyone has those "fox lights" and stepped seats now, and from the side, the differences are really subtle.



I pasted the 600cc offerings from Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki next to each other, and, well, see for yourself.



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Old 09-10-2002, 09:05 PM   #38
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heck, I'll take the current Fazer 600 please. Thank you Yam for not bringing the good bikes to these shores. What's with the bloody full-dress sportbikes already... Kawi has the ZR-7, HOnda has jack, Triumph has the Speed4, Suzuki has the Bandit 600s, Yam used to have the Seca-II. Ok, so the Bandit and the Seca are sorta low on the totem pole but they at least are close to the market segment. Honda should have brought the Euro-spec hornet 600 and nighthawk 750 (with a 1/2 fairing purhaps) cross the seas as well. Are the marketers just incompetent or do 'mericans simply consider bikes to be toys?
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Old 09-10-2002, 10:50 PM   #39
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Bikes really started looking the most similar after the r1 and r6 came out. Cat eye headlights, pointy rear ends, sharper angular lines etc....Everyone went for that r1 look.
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Old 09-10-2002, 10:51 PM   #40
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Default Re: 2003 Yamaha R6 Reader Feedback

Whatever they are drinking over at the Yamaha Design Studios.... They should bottle and sell to the other manufacturers. This is a BEAUTIFUL bike. I especially like the Silver/Black combo, closely followed by the Blue/White.
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