honestly it took a bit to get used to. First day off the showroom floor leaving the dealer parking lot i high sided at 5mph, ouch it hurt, broken wrist and scratched ego...
i looked like such a noob! the tires actually had the shine oil they use to shine up the bikes on it
they compt. some parts
i liked the power range of the R1, so the different power delivery from the twin took some getting used to as well. Especially when it came to passing traffic, exiting corners and all. the flapper mod and new exhaust definetly helped there... but the balance through corners and its straight line balance is superb to the yam. i had steel lines on the r1 and it seemed to stop much faster w/ more confidence... but i haven't done the steel lines on the rc yet sooooo...
the fzr 600 is no comparison to either bike, it was a true beginners bike...
very forgiving when clutch was accidently completely released in first gear with wide open throttle
i was a noob then lol
Welcome, yes the RC 51 is an awesome bike! I'm from the 4cyl world myself, '00 CBR929RR, I loved the engine, straight line acceleration, light nimbleness, but the bike just wasn't as settled or solid in corners as the RC. My intention was in '00 to buy an RC, but they were impossible to find, and after trying one vs the CBR I took my name off the list. The low end on the RC sucked, whereby the CBR WAS JUST NUTS, my CBR was in stock, pearl white/red, was cheaper, so I bought it. 8 years later, my CBR now has 20K miles, is still in pristine condition, I sell it, and find a mint RC. I'm glad I waited, the SP2 RC feels alot nicer on the road than the SP1, and the bike I bought, being nearly new, had it's sprockets changed. Although it doesn't accelerate as hard or quick as the 4, this bike just OWNS THE CORNERS. It is just SO STABLE and fun to hammer through turns, No regrets. BTW, what really made me think about changing was the used '89 Honda Hawk GT, I purchased for my wife, That little twin is just a SCREAM! It's a lightweight, hard cornering little monster. (Similar to the ducati) I think for street riding, twins are the way to fly!