so heres my take on the whole thing
SAw the r1 LE in pics ,thought it was boring and overpriced for what it comes with .
Saw it in person ,,,ummmmm yeah same reaction ,,the worse thing was they also have a R1 2006 in the yellow /black/white 50th aniv colors ,,,waaaaaay more eyeball to that bike if they stuck with the yellow /black white colors ONLY for the LE ,,now that woudl be cool and make it more unique.The blue one looks like a lame custom bike with no effort .
The frame and swingarm on the LE is actually blue anodized ,,its sort of cool i guess . And no OHLINS DAMPER ?? WTF !! thats the most important part !!
all in all the yellow one sitting 3 feet from it is a whole LOT better looking ,my advice spend the money on the yellow LE or a black one and paint it ,,and put those OHLINS and marchesini stufffs on a stock one .you can do without the numberd badge on the triple .
BTW its not taken and its for sale ,,get it before all the other crazies
OK now the R6r
I loved it in pictures ,since i first saw it i liked it ,,i rearely ever like a stock bike and i always have something to pick on a factory stock bike .
In person it was almost beter .
Pretty hard to pick this apart if you like race bikes especially GP bikes .TONS of GP cues --craziest stock swingarm since ,R7 or aprilia factory mille,,its as close to a HARRIS kit part that doesnt cost 3 gs .Short tail ,belly exhaust (it sits out cockeyed ,but aftermarket pipes ive seen dont ,,so thats a quick fix ) ,forks are nutso with the bracing and adjustment on the front like a OHLINS superbike fork --very beefy looking,Gauge is 04 r1 with a bullseye looking thing in the middle (omen ? i hope not ,lol ) .with the stock pipe it sounds like a much bigger bike .Clip-ons look like aftermarket aluminum type ,,very cool,Its very small and i dare anyone to take any passenger over 108 pounds and 4 foot 2 cuz the passenger seat is as big as a postcard.(who the hell wants pasengers anyway ,,its about time they faze pass seats out on full out sportbikes)
ONly complaints is that dumb ass light in the center of the upper ,,thats lame ,no explanation for that at all .A lot of the brackets look like an afterthought like the chain adjusters and lower fairing mount ,,but whatever severly minor ,the stock bodywork needs to go .RACE BODY right off the jump ,the cutouts in the stock stuff are too weird .TAil light is over designed should have been more like a RR tail light ,looks like a big SV tail light ,,fixable .obviously the plate hanger goes first but the holes are smalll so easy fixed .
all in all i loved the R6 ,,im gonna get one off CHOP SHOP CYCLE in the summer once they start boucing off the pavement ,,it would be a great track tool .
I hate pretty much anything factory built and they did a really good job on this one ,,who cares how it rides ,,the r6 is a tested proven bike,,its not gonna be a suprize how it rides .
the wierd part is the FLY BY WIRE ,,all i saw was two typical throttle cables and when you turn the throttle with the bike off it stil opens and closes the butterflys ,,maybe the FBW is for the secondaries ? no idea il wait til a tank comes off ,so a my mech can take a better look and tell me what up with that .
oh yeah and for the saddle bag commuting crowd it has no trunk ,,get over it
I bleed kawi green ,but they are going quickly downhill in styling so until they make a 636 look as good as this one they are gonna have to wait to get any of my money
i have pics if anyone cares ,,not like nobody hasnt seen a million pics of em already