Right about now im driving myself insane for a new bike. Throught the past 3 years i have had 3 R6's and loved them to death for track racing, but latley ive wanted to go with the new 1000's. ive had a deposit on the 04 R1 for about 4 months now, and now there telling me that it will come in by the end of this month. Well, i sort of had enough with it, i was fedf up with waiting and put my deposit money down on a ZX-10 that was supposed to be at the shop by Monday. Now that i got home i realized what a big mistake i had just made. I just want everyones honest opinion on these 2 bikes. They both seem to be equal in power, but im a Yamaha guy and hate to see the R1 go. I just need to get cheered up. I havnt had a bike in 3 months and i have that major itch to ride. What do you think i should do?
I read about 20 magazines, the bottum line is that the ZX-10R is slightly better on the track (WITH AN EXPERT RIDER ON IT!!!) and the R1 MUCH better on the road for the 'normal' soul!
Realize how many % of your time you will spend on the circuit and is there a price to win at the end? When you only occasionally ride a circuit what difference does the 0.1 sec make!?
Here in Europe, the R1 has won an important design price, is bike of the year and has won the very important 'Masterbike of the year' contest (15+ magazines from all over the world come together in Spain and pick the best supersport of the year in an open fight with the same tires). Also in the European Superstock class - related to stock bikes - the Yamaha's are at the front of the field.
Wait the extra weeks and buy the Masterbike of the year contest magazine out soon and you know enough...
The best deal is, ride them both at your dealer, compare them and let your heart speak!!! Off course the Yam has the better looks, buildquality and you will get more cash back after a few years compared to a Kawasaki, that's for sure.