I bought my bike in May 2000. Many of the reviews from owners on this site helped me with my purchase because I wanted something quick, fairly comfortable, with out a lot of maintenance. I've found that most of the folks who write these reviews have owned their bikes for a few months and are generally...
I bought my bike in May 2000. Many of the reviews from owners on this site helped me with my purchase because I wanted something quick, fairly comfortable, with out a lot of maintenance. I've found that most of the folks who write these reviews have owned their bikes for a few months and are generally pleased. I thought I might come back and fill in the rest of the story. After a year and a half of ownership, I am still pleased with my purchase, enough so that if I had to do it over again, knowing what I know now, I'd make the same decision. The bike is comfortable. My wife and I have gone on 4-hour trips together. The pillion seat isn't quite as comfy as the rider seat, but even so it's far more comfy than other pillions on other sport motorcycles! I've ridden 7-hour stints before, something I'd not be able to do on a GSXR or CBR or others nearly as comfortably. It's also fast, I've seen 135 mph, and the speedo was quickly climbing. I decided to "shut down" before I got a ticket, hit a deer, etc. It was still very exciting. It also handles well. I enjoy getting out to the twisty roads when I can. Maintenance has also been ever so easy. I lube the chain once a week, which doesn't take long, and allows me time to go over other parts of the bike to ensure everything's in top shape. So far, so good! The things that I would improve would be short. One would involve the quality of the plastic fairing. My right rear fairing has a 1-inch crack in it, just by the rear brake fluid. The crack developed 2 months after I purchased the bike. My dealer said that wouldn't be covered under warranty. In all fairness, I haven't met anyone else with a Yamaha who has had a problem with their plastic. Secondly, I'd change the location of the rear brake reservoir. It's in a location which is a pain to get to conveniently. Finally, I'd change the number of screws holding the fairing to the body of the bike. There are too many. that's it. The YZF600R just works great. After a year and a half, I have over 12,000 miles on the clock. I use it for commuting to work and for fun trips to twisties. I still heartily recommend this motorcycle! It's incredible. It's the perfect real world sportbike!