Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Central CA
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Nearly a decade later and even though back then I was riding an R1, I'd still choose Yamaha today. The '98 R1 set the staple in the liter bike world and up until 2015, they haven't had any major recalls (among their supersports/superbikes) or have any serious issues (excessive oil burning, frame cracking, etc. like other makes) among their first year production updates. It still saddens me to have sold my '15 R1, but I'll have another one in the future; whether it's the current gen or the next.
As far as the 600's, those bikes are still compared to the R6 (loved my '09) when it comes to the track and that bike hasn't been updated since before this thread was started. I still want an R7 and if they had an R7 today, it'd be curtains. Only difference with this thread from back then and today, is respek. I might be biased, but I've also owned a Kawi and a Zuk.