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2005-09-16 1998 Yamaha YZF600RK Sport Bikes View Listings

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With the release of the race-oriented R6, the yzf600r is often overlooked. But this bike can really haul with the best of the new bunch. Ok, so it's not going to pull throttle wheelies from stop, but it will get you from point A to B fast and without a sore butt. Its ergonomics are comfortable enough to make it a sport-tourer yet it is nimble enough to turn quickly and effortlessly. Can you tell that I like my bike? Commuting through New York City is a breeze; it's just locking up that's a hassle.
- Stewie, Dallas, Texas

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2005-03-16 1998 Yamaha YZF600RK Sport Bikes View Listings

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I don't know what took so long, but I finally got a bike. Bought it in January of 2004. I did not test drive it when I got bike (snow on the ground). My first time riding was in Daytona for Bike Week. I have owned a lot of ATVs, so I knew what I was doing, but still a rookie on two wheels. I was intimidated at first, but caught on fast. The bike has great handling. I can go into any corner knowing the bike will stick. I thought the suspension was a little soft, so I adjusted the rear shock, much better. Plenty of power. 0 - 100mph is fast, and fun. I won't lie, it doesn't keep up with anything in the 1000cc range, but will kick the crap out of 99% of cars and 80% of bikes out there. The fastest I have had it was 155 mph. After 130mph it really starts to slow down, took a couple of miles to get there. I was really impressed with the looks when I got it, and now that I have had it a while it's above average looking. I put on over 16000 miles the first year I owned it, but don't forget, I was a rookie. That should say a lot about the bike. It's a great beginner bike. I'd give it 9.8 out of 10. My wife will get it this year, she's a beginner also, she is looking forward to it. I will get something bigger, maybe an R1.
- chuck, dansville, New York

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2001-06-10 1998 Yamaha YZF600RK Sport Bikes View Listings

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I've owned two cruisers previously, and decided that I wanted to get more into the adrenal side of riding, but was hoping to have something that could still comfortably hack longer distances. It's definitely faster than any of the cruisers I've ever owned (v-4 and straight four 700cc, mid 80s rice burners). I agree with a previous reviewer that it's higher and bouncier in its suspension than I care for; the F3/F4 seems to have nailed that one. Anyway, as to the question of its viability as a sports tourer... The jury's still out. I picked it up and rode it back from Amarillo to Dallas (360 miles). I'd have to say that the seat started to really hurt after about an hour. The seating position is very comfortable for shorter distances, but after a while you do start to wish you could stretch out. I know: Duh, buy a cruiser if that's what you want. This thing is at home in a highway setting. In fact, around town I feel fairly clumsy and out of my element, as I'm not able to adequately take advantage of its horsepower. I reserve the right to review it again after I've maybe installed a custom seat to remedy that particularly painful source of discomfort.
- Defurr, Dallas, Texas

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2000-07-21 1998 Yamaha YZF600RK Sport Bikes View Listings

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With the release of the race-oriented R6, the yzf600r is often overlooked. But this bike can really haul with the best of the new bunch. Ok, so it's not going to pull throttle wheelies from stop, but it will get you from point A to B fast and without a sore a**. It's ergonomics are comfortable enough to make it a sport tourer yet it is nimble enough to turn quickly and effortlessly. Can you tell that I like my bike? Commuting through New York City is a breeze, it's just locking up that's a hassle.
- Anonymous, Queens, New York

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2000-05-29 1998 Yamaha YZF600RK Sport Bikes View Listings

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Great bike, good control. Except both front suspension and rear shock a little too soft for hardcore racing style. Feedback would be better if suspensions and shock were to be upgraded. Front brake has excellent stopping power. Bike looks racy and it can always catch up with the bunch. Sitting position is very comfortable and cushion is plushy. I would prefer this bike than Kawi Ninja ZX6-E or Honda CBR600F3. Tall handle bar is good for whole day riding. A little bit heavy to steer into sharp turns though but midrange power delivery is smooth. Overall this bike performs good together with the others and it is a very capable sports bike without sacrificing your comfort. You will actually be surprised at what it can do for you. Get yours in blue and white color, chicks will love it.
- Jensen, Queens, New York

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