Quantcast
01 yzf 600r for first bike... - Beyond.ca - Car Forums
Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: 01 yzf 600r for first bike...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    not calgary
    My Ride
    changes every year
    Posts
    4,612
    Rep Power
    13

    Default 01 yzf 600r for first bike...

    first of all i havent ridden before but i do know a decent amount about bikes since i worked for parts canada for 5 years, but its been a while and dont really know much about this bike in particular.

    is this a decent bike? its like an early version of an r6 isnt it? secondly, the one piece seat, (i should know this, but i dont remember) does anyone know if i can swap it out for a 2 piece seat? i hate the look of the one piece, it looks grampa-ish.

    same question for the one piece light, are there aftermarket light fairings that will allow me to bolt in a 2 piece on this bike? thats all i have for now, any info or help on anything about this bike would be great.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Calgary
    Posts
    510
    Rep Power
    6

    Default

    You can do anything you put your mind and precious time into, especially if you believe it's a valuable use of your mind and precious time.
    Originally posted by teamPRO


    howbout suck my black kettle...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Calgary
    My Ride
    rx7
    Posts
    16
    Rep Power
    0

    Default

    Originally posted by CUG
    You can do anything you put your mind and precious time into, especially if you believe it's a valuable use of your mind and precious time.
    this?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    not calgary
    My Ride
    changes every year
    Posts
    4,612
    Rep Power
    13

    Default

    wtf kind of reply is that? i wanna know if there are replacement parts and if its a good bike to start on, not if i can "put my mind to it". ....wtf??

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Calgary
    My Ride
    '04 Solara, and planks of hardrock maple.
    Posts
    1,587
    Rep Power
    7

    Default

    I love people who read the title of thread, and write a reply without actually reading the post.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Calgary
    My Ride
    2005 F350
    Posts
    856
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    it's not actually the first gen R6, it's yamaha's sporty sport touring bike. not quite as aggressive seating, not as much power, handling isn't as sharp. but it's more than powerful enough for the street and also more comfy.

    all that said, it's a better first bike than a R6.

    i'm not sure about the seat thing though.
    "Make Canada a better place, punch a Canuck fan in the face" - Jim Rome

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    calgary
    My Ride
    CLK 55 / 2g Eclipse / EP3
    Posts
    4,189
    Rep Power
    13

    Default

    Youd have to check out a YFZ forum on mods.... but its a great first bike for a lot of people.

    A lot when compared to an R6.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    YYC & a huge farm in the (deep) south, central Sask
    My Ride
    12 cars trucks & bikes. From 1938 till new.
    Posts
    5,952
    Rep Power
    13

    Default

    Originally posted by 03ozwhip
    wtf kind of reply is that? i wanna know if there are replacement parts and if its a good bike to start on, not if i can "put my mind to it". ....wtf??
    its just Josh, if you met him you'd understand.

    Yes the YZF Thundercat would be a great starter bike. I dont have the time to look into the mods you were suggesting, but perhaps I'll have a few minutes later to help with that.

    The bike wont be stupidly fast like a newer 600 will be, but it'll still be a great bike to learn on with very manageable power. The ergonomics aren't harsh at all, and hense it'll make a great bike to learn on. It'll be cheap to buy since its an older sportbike and finding parts for it shouldn't be hard for it at all...
    Mods? not so much as that bike wasn't really a performance icon in its day.
    Decent (yet generic) power adders are out there, but dont expect a wide array of performance parts you would have today for lets say a new R6.
    01 was the first year bikes started to see EFI with mainstream production. If the bike is carbed, no biggie but if it is Fuel injected I'd be a bit leary about quirks within the EFI system itself as many bikes of that era have throttle mapping issues and the like.
    Last edited by Graham_A_M; 06-26-2009 at 10:25 PM.
    "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side"

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    not calgary
    My Ride
    changes every year
    Posts
    4,612
    Rep Power
    13

    Default

    i knew someone would come through. you gave me some things to think about. thanks.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Calgary AB
    My Ride
    S4
    Posts
    2,505
    Rep Power
    13

    Default

    I think its def a good bike to start on. Hate to see ppl get R6's or R1's to start on (or any other supersport, not just Yamaha).

    The one piece seat does look a little geriatric, but i wouldn't get hung up on it. I can't say for sure, but the seat swap and headlight swap could both be a lot of work. For the seat swap, you have to have all the right brackets on your subframe (back half of the frame), as well as the right frame structure, which could mean aluminum cutting and welding, then you have to get the right kind of fairings to work with two seats, and they may not work with your undertail fairing. Also, the front seat you get will possibly have to be cut to fit well with your gas tank.

    Same goes for the headlights, it could be a bunch of work. There is a *small* chance that the upper fairing/headlight stay will be a direct bolt on from an R6 of the same gen. in this case your looking at a few hundred for the stay, few hundred for the upper fairing and a few hundred for the lights. Unless you wanna watch ebay for a year to get really cheap deals. If it doesn't bolt on, your in for a big, and potentially frustrating project haha.

    Having said all that, if your really into tinkering and good with plastic bodywork as well as aluminum and steel welding, and want a project... do the conversions. It will keep you busy! haha

    Personally, i think it sounds like you want the looks of an R6, but you want a smart starter bike too. I respect that.
    My advice: Get the YZF600R and ride it for a season or two until your ready for more excitement and your SUPER comfortable and confident on it. Then upgrade to a 600 supersport of some sort. The money and time you'll spend doing the conversions will not be worth it for how long you'll probably own the bike.

    Also, i don't know if your interested in newer bikes but a ninja 650R is a decent starter bike too, looks pretty good and its not as wild as a supersport. Hope I helped a bit.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    not calgary
    My Ride
    changes every year
    Posts
    4,612
    Rep Power
    13

    Default

    ya you did help, thanks alot. i do want the looks and handling of a sport bike becuase i dont wanna look like a grampa on it all sitting up right like a buell or something. i like sport bikes, i like the styling and if i cant get the styling i want, i most likely wont go with a bike like this. i honestly am not in it for the speed, im in it for other reasons, hence why i want to go with a 600 or so.

    its my first bike and hopefully my last for a while, so i want to get something that i will enjoy all the time but i dont want to go out and spend a whack load because i am jsut learning and dont wanna fuck up a brand new bike if i bail. cost is important because my wife says so...lol the fact that im even allowed to get a bike suprises me....it only took 6 years of probing...

  12. #12
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Calgary
    My Ride
    '08 Mitsubishi Lancer, '97 GMC Jimmy
    Posts
    1,629
    Rep Power
    11

    Default

    Originally posted by 03ozwhip
    ..lol the fact that im even allowed to get a bike suprises me....it only took 6 years of probing...
    Might want to check into her recently taking out new life insurance on you? jk
    "Car Manufacturers give us a well engineered basic car but leave it's real development to us."

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    not calgary
    My Ride
    changes every year
    Posts
    4,612
    Rep Power
    13

    Default

    hahaa actually funny you say that, because my bro in law just bought one and his fiance made him get life insurance. i already have it so im/shes good!

Similar Threads

  1. fs 2001 ninja 600r w/gear

    By calepeters in forum Bikes, Scooters, Mopeds
    Replies: 5
    Latest Threads: 08-05-2008, 09:00 PM
  2. 04 YZF R6 good beginners bike?

    By GT2NV in forum Bike Talk
    Replies: 49
    Latest Threads: 09-09-2004, 09:41 AM
  3. Fs: 1995 Kawasaki Ninja 600r

    By [email protected] in forum Automotive Parts
    Replies: 0
    Latest Threads: 07-14-2003, 11:46 PM
  4. FS: 2001 Yamaha YZF-R6

    By TDA in forum Bike Talk
    Replies: 1
    Latest Threads: 05-01-2003, 01:51 PM
  5. R6 vs. 600R

    By ramminghard in forum Bike Talk
    Replies: 11
    Latest Threads: 02-05-2003, 04:46 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •