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Hi guys, long time reader, short time rider, first time poster. I'm 18 years old and weigh about 135 pounds. I was in love with the r6. I worked for 2 years at a restaurant through high school, and saved my money by the middle of my senior year I had 6 grand. I told my father what I wanted and he told me it was suicide for a first bike. So I started on a 1981 Kawasaki 440 LTD. I fell off the Kawasaki 4 times in the sloppy winter, I actually turned up to school carrying my right mirror and turn signal one day, my father bought the kawasaki for me on the condition that I wouldn't get the r6 until I had ridden the kawasaki for a while. I bought my 2005 r6 from craigslist ($6000 cash) for the oregon summer and I put about 7000 miles on it. I recently sold it for 5200 it had gone down but it had frame sliders and i replaced the exhaust and fairings so it was fine. I want another bike, and the 2007 or 2006 r1's really caught my fancy, im aware of the 2007 issues but i believe they have been solved by now. The only real horror story i ever have from my r6; I opened the throttle all the way and did an unintentional and uncontrolled wheelie at 112 mph, the handlebars where slamming back and forth and the whole bike was shaking, id never felt anything like it and it terrified me. I think it was more my lack of skill and weight than need for a steering dampner, but I want a new bike and I feel like "Well I've already had an r6 how about something new?" What do you think?
EDIT: Thank you all very much!

 

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Welcome to the forum Ryan. Sounds like you started out the right way. As you know it's all in the throttle. Treat it with respect and you should be just fine with a R1. The '06 is a nice bike. You may want to replace the stock damper with a Ohlins, Hyper Pro or Scotts. Good luck.
 

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As long as you are careful, you should be fine. My brother did the same thing this year, he went from an 04 R6 to an 04 R1 without any problems. You just need to respect the R1 because it can throw you off very quickly. You should read the thread about R1 as a first bike and take those warnings into consideration as they apply to everyone, not just the completely new riders.
 

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i think you should be fine, just respect it!
 

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just remember the r1 is alot less forgiving than the r6 when you screw up on the 1 it takes a bit more skill to correct if its even possible...if you use your head youll be fine:fact definetly read the thread mentioned above...
 

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135 lbs??? I've taken a shit bigger than that!! :crash j/k Just take it easy on the throttle and you'll be fine.
 

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I'd say go for the 1. When i had my R6 i rode that thing so hard because i really wanted the 1 and couldn't afford it at the time. Now i have my baby and i ride her carefully. Yes be respectful to the 1 but if you have the choice spend the extra money now and be very happy for a long time, like i am with the 1, and not wish you had an R1 and go through buying and selling another bike. Get the R1 and rack up the miles on her. Do a couple track days and you will see where the power is and how to handle it. Upgrade to the liter. Good luck and welcome brother. :)
 

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As long as you are careful, you should be fine. My brother did the same thing this year, he went from an 04 R6 to an 04 R1 without any problems. You just need to respect the R1 because it can throw you off very quickly. You should read the thread about R1 as a first bike and take those warnings into consideration as they apply to everyone, not just the completely new riders.
Like he said!!!! Respect it or it will bite your ass!
 

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Respect it....Its entire different machine....or that 135 lbs of your azz will be shaved a lot thiner after the rash tackles your body
 
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