So which would you choose?
‘I’d buy the R6. It looks the business!’
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.