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JmalB 11-29-2005 10:32 PM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000
If you can, you'll be faster on the faster bike?

250 for me it is. =)

eekadog 11-29-2005 11:01 PM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000

umarth 11-29-2005 11:23 PM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000
Here is my big question left unanswered:

Are either bikes great for riding around town?

It is highly unlikely that I will ever be able to test out various types of bikes in different circumstances, so after reading glowing reviews about sportbikes I am inclined to think they are the best use of money because they offer the best performance and the best equipment. I personally ride for corners, but I need to be able to ride around the city with ease as well as have a bike be comfortable enough to take out for a 120 mile trip in the rain. So are either of these a real solution?

For the other riders like me, perhaps you should do a sportbike v. standard v. sport-tourer v. whatever else is out there test. I know you've done them before, to an extent, but they have always been bikes at extremes of the spectrum (It Ain't The Tool: Canyon Carving; R1 v FZ1). Why not do something like an R6 v. SV650 v. etc... and include a lot of direct comparisons between bikes on touring, backroads, track, city, etc.

I've been reading about bikes for years and been riding for a handful and I still don't have a clue on what the my next bike should be....

saaz 11-29-2005 11:52 PM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000
Interesting test. Would have been even better with an SV650...would that have done even better?

On the street I would have thought that any advantage for most people that the R6 had in corner speed should not actually be utilised, as you have to worry about things like hazzards, oil on the road etc, quite apart from the fact that most people don't corner fast. Anyone can twist the throttle in a straight line!

A recent UK test I read basically said that as much as you wring the 600s neck all the time, on the road and track the larger bikes (GSX-R and Busa) just smoked them after hard won advantages in the corners.

I admit to being a lazy rider, so anything that does not require constant revving and gear changing suits me for the real world

jamestech 11-30-2005 12:11 AM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000
<blockquote>However, my flawed logic allows me to reason that you're not going to use the max from either one, so you might as well take the stupid silly giggly fast one, just so you can entertain yourself on those boring straights.<blockquote>

I agree with Sean's logic above. As stated in the article 95% of us spend 100% of our time on the streets.

And another really important thing to consider...what about the riders that live above sea level and lose some 3% of power

for every 1000' of elevation over sea level?

I live at sea level but my favorite riding spots are all in the mountains , the prime stuff is all over 5000ft .

Initially the GSX-R1000 felt weak to me...but I came off a Hayabusa.

Ive had lesser bikes up in the mountains but they dont offer anywhere near the performance of a Busa or GSX-R1000 up there.

The learning curve might be larger on a liter bike but if you have any skill at all you should be able to crush most 600s. With the exception of a very , very small number of good riders.

For me, at the end of the day , a good streetbike needs lots of torque to be fun, it needs enough horsepower to keep you from going bored on the large number of roads that are not really all that fun to ride the speed limit on.

anrajala 11-30-2005 02:33 AM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000
Those of us who don´t give a diddley about that last 1% of speed, have a look a look at the torque. Between RPM 3-6k the bikes have:

Yamaha 20-34 lb-ft

Suzuki 53-68 lb-ft

Its simply big mac vs. regular burger.

- cruiz-euro

maladg 11-30-2005 02:58 AM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000
Holy Precious Bodily Fluids, Batman!

I'll be the first to concede that I lack - er - experience with todays top line sportbikes having ridden exactly one: CBR1000RR. And no, I am NOT worthy.

But it was fun even if I don't fit in the ergonomic sense.

Ahhh, to be an American in the 21st Century: when waaaaay to much is barely enough! Life is good. Keep it coming. And faster, please.

SRMark 11-30-2005 03:04 AM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000
Sean, for a boy who lives in sunny California those are some white legs. Your dermatologist would be proud.

Great test. Now let's do some motard madness up by the big telescope.

sv1000rider 11-30-2005 03:28 AM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000
It's a fact that 600cc supersport bikes accelerate like the big boys did about 10 years ago. When will a stock 600 dip into a sub 10.5 second quarter-mile time during a mag test? My prediction is that it will happen within the next two or three years. Amazing!!!!!

ShamanWS6 11-30-2005 03:44 AM

Re: Best of the Best: 2005 R6 v. 2005 GSX-R1000
Too late. Cycle World turned a 9.9 on a R6 this year.

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