So which would you choose?

‘I’d buy the R6. It looks the busi­ness!’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

Garry Lightowler Age 49 Bike: Honda RC30, pre­vi­ously owned a Suzuki GSX-R600

I pre­fer the look of the Suzuki be­cause it’s neater at the rear. I don’t like the num­ber­plate holder on the R6. These days I wouldn’t choose a 600 as I’ve owned them be­fore and they are too revvy and racy. I bet they are now quicker than my RC30, but they are too racy for the road.

Joe Mills Age 65 Bike: Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6

I’d choose the R6, it looks the busi­ness, but I’m not both­ered about the rider aids on the R6 I don’t think you need them on a 600. I don’t have any on my GSX-R1000 so why would I need them on a 600? I tried an R6 a few years ago and hated it, I was con­stantly up and down the gear­box. I’ll stay with my 1000.

James Sur­tees Age 39 Bike: Yamaha R1

The R6 is mod­ern, sharp and looks re­ally ag­gres­sive; whereas the GSX-R looks like it’s been hit in the face. I just don’t like the look of it. I’m still not tempted to buy one though as my R1 is eas­ier to ride. I’ve had a 600 be­fore, they are fun but only for short dis­tances.

Mick Wilkin­son Age 39 Bike: Tri­umph Speed Triple and SV650, pre­vi­ously owned a Honda CBR600F

I’d take the GSX-R. I just pre­fer the look and I’d guess it’s more of a road bike and eas­ier to ride. I’ve had 600cc bikes be­fore but they are just too revvy. I pre­fer some­thing a lit­tle lazier. I don’t want to be hunched over the fuel tank any­more.

Keith Bat­tensby Age 58 Bike: KTM RC8R, pre­vi­ously owned a Kawasaki ZX-6R

I had a 2014 ZX-6R be­fore I got the KTM and I like 600s, but I pre­fer the calmer V-twin KTM and wouldn’t go back to a 600. I’ve been hearing the R6 is amaz­ing with great han­dling so I’d choose the R6 over the GSX-R. I love the Yamaha’s styling – but I still wouldn’t go back.

Steve Wright, Age 52 Bike: Yamaha R1

I’d choose the R6 be­cause it’s so much like my bike. I jumped on it and it’s sim­i­lar to my R1 but much harder, I’d guess it’s not as easy to ride as the R1 and not as com­fort­able. I pre­fer to be more re­laxed these days. Ini­tially I didn’t want any rid­ing aids but they are amaz­ing on my R1.

We took both 600s to Squires café to see which grabbed the most at­ten­tion

James is stick­ing with his YZF-R1 Just a nor­mal evening at Squires

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