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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

Well after 2 different Honda's I am making the switch this year and buying a 2004 Yamaha R1, I was very disappointed in Honda's CBR 1000rr in the looks category . *My girlfriend has a 2003 CBR 600rr and after looking at the 2 I think Honda actually took a step backwards in terms of looks with the 1000rr.



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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

Not enough 'pose' factor?

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Heehee.
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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

To each his own. I'd have to know how each of them works before I made that decision...

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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

And you justify all this by a few pictures on the Internet? Specs haven't even been released on them.
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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

So you are saying you like the Yamaha because it is 'prettier'?
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johnnycrash : So you are saying you like the Yamaha because it is 'prettier'?
It's because they claim the engine is designed to produce 180hp
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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

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Zeus954 : Well after 2 different Honda's I am making the switch this year and buying a 2004 Yamaha R1, I was very disappointed in Honda's CBR 1000rr in the looks category . *My girlfriend has a 2003 CBR 600rr and after looking at the 2 I think Honda actually took a step backwards in terms of looks with the 1000rr.
like your avator, Zeus...pretty cool....

anyways, I hope you have your flamesuit on b/c you don't know what you've just started.... *

personally, and this is coming from a guy that owns a '00 R6, I like the looks of the Honda better than the R1 right now...but hey, that's just me...to each his own...I hope you're happy with your decision...I'm sure the Yamaha is going to be a great bike to have...don't get caught up in all the hype and drama going on here about Honda vs. Yamaha...both companies make great bikes...it's your money, spend it as you see fit...

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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

Nothing wrong with basing your purchase choice on aesthetics, especially when you're choosing among bikes that are already better than we are and can't be ridden to max potential on the street (where we ride 95% of our time) and will be improved over last year's offerings.

He's likely a street rider, who may or may not do track days. Are his skills such that he'll be using the maximum potential of the bike on his way to work, or on his favorite twisties? If he is, then he's riding too fast on the street, and all of you will be tapping away on the keyboard to let him know it.

If he does track days, then what will he get from the 'superior' performing bike in the class for a day? He's probably not going to be 'discovered' by Gary Mathers, or Mel Harris, now, is he? And I'm sure he doesn't want to toss his 2004 wonderbike bike into the runoff of the track because of some faux GP antics, so he'll probably be riding the bike at a level where it wouldn't matter which of the new liter bikes he's on.

And if that is the case, then what's wrong with basing your choice on which one looks best to you? When one bike has only a slight performance advantage over the other, aesthetics can be a clear 'performance' advantage in a rider's eyes.

Going by some of the posts I've seen in this thread, I'm lead to believe that there are some here who are extremely concerned about the numbers associated to a bike - weight, horsepower, torque, etc., when that rider may not be any more likely to take advantage of what those numbers may offer in the way of lap times at a track. And if that's the case, then who's really the poser, the guy who buys based on what looks good to him because they all offer more performance than he can use, or the guy who buys a bike because it's 8 lbs. lighter and makes 3 more h.p. at 11,000 rpm and won't ever ride the bike to a level where it's noticeable?


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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

Well said, latebraking!
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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

I must agree with latebraking on this one.....well said.

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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

I'm gonna vote an entirely different direction and go with the new ZX10R, Cause it's green...
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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

Good points latebraking. But I'm still interested in how the thing handles, whether the FI system is well sorted, etc. Yes, all the bikes are more than most of us need (self included) but I'm sure going to look at those things when making a buying decision. For others, looks are more important. Nothing wrong with that either. Like I said, to each his own...

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Re: Making the switch, so long Honda ...

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Zeus954 : Well after 2 different Honda's I am making the switch this year and buying a 2004 Yamaha R1, I was very disappointed in Honda's CBR 1000rr in the looks category . *My girlfriend has a 2003 CBR 600rr and after looking at the 2 I think Honda actually took a step backwards in terms of looks with the 1000rr.
This 'girlfriend' better maintain her beauty regimen.....
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