I have been drooling over the R6S for over 4 years, back when it was the R6. I was finally in a position to get one a few weeks ago and as my dealer told me, it has changed my life. The odometer reflects my total riding experience, which needless to say makes me a newbie. But there is something intuitive abou...
I have been drooling over the R6S for over 4 years, back when it was the R6. I was finally in a position to get one a few weeks ago and as my dealer told me, it has changed my life. The odometer reflects my total riding experience, which needless to say makes me a newbie. But there is something intuitive about this bike that makes me feel more like I am working with it rather than controlling it. It is far and away the most attractive sport bike I have seen, exceeding in my opinion even its bigger brothers the R6 & R1. Although I am disappointed that Yamaha removed the Raven color scheme for the 2007 models, my disappointment fades quickly when I realize just how beautiful the deeper blue, complimented by sleek white and gray, really is. This bike has the most aggressive styling of any motorcycle in the 600 class, bar none. As far as performance, four words sum it up: dont forget to breath! Acceleration is eye watering and there really is nothing more satisfying then feeling the weight come of the front shocks. It is the closest feeling to flying you can get while still on the ground. Braking is smooth and quick. On the back roads of Clemson it carves, although I still have not gotten to the level where I am comfortable enough to really lean it over yet. About half of my riding is done with my fiance. The only noticeable difference is during slow speed starts (i.e. red light, bumper to bumper traffic) and even that is not a problem what so ever. Comfort was the main reason we picked the R6S over the R6, the other reason being our limited experience. We regularly ride the lightly trafficked highways of South Carolina for an hour or more without any complaints. I will admit that this bike may not be the best choice for a new rider, but it is only on the grounds that many new riders simply do not understand how to respect such a powerful and responsive machine. That is not to say they are irresponsible. It just means that until you have the experience a bike like the R6S can quickly get away from you if you are not constantly reminding yourself to keep it under control. Many times I have literally told myself to just relax and that I will have all the time in the world to push it once I have got the miles behind me to do it safely. I will probably keep this bike forever. And with my fiance learning to ride this summer, she will probably end up getting an R6S too. I honestly believe it is one of the greatest bikes out there, of any cc class, and in any price range. It is beautiful, comfortable, affordable, and will set the pace or keep the pace with almost any other bike to date.