Thanks guys! 2008 was the revision year for the R6. The 2008 engine has higher compression pistons, more aggressive cams and different connecting rods & bearings (to improve reliability). With over 50 changes to the motor alone, big improvements were made to get the non-existent mid-range back by incorporating variable v-stacks/variable length intake funnels (YCC-I Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake)....so what I'm saying here is, my 09 has more low to mid-range than the 07 and back R6's. Still lacking huge though absolutely! (Esp. coming from an 08 RR, trust me i notice it)
A good read
With that being said, here are my impressions so far.
1. The seat height is 33.5". That's 1.2" higher than the CBR (07+). The ergo's are definitely more "in" the bike but by no means "uncomfortable". I flat foot it all day and I'm 5"11. Ergo's, not an issue.
2. I've adjusted the clutch lever all the way out and this helped with 1st gear take off. She idles at 1,400rpm and NEEDS a rev'ing to get going. I am getting a tune that raises my idle to 1,900rpm which should help. With no low end power, this bike needs to be spooled, yes even a tad from idle to clutch disengaged 1rst gear. Think about it, an idle of 1,400rpm on a bike that makes no power down low is like idling at 200 rpm on the RR. Needless to say, a little rev action on take off is necessary. I can see why people stall these bikes (I haven't stalled it once, bc I did quite a bit of research/reading before buying)
3. OMG does riding this bike make you realize how much torque and low rpm response the RR has. In saying this though, the R6 engine rev's WAY faster than the RR's. It's almost like it WANTS to be spooled. With that being said, it really doesn't matter that the R6 has less torque/responsiveness feel down low bc simply manipulating the throttle will put you in the sweet spot in a second. Just gotta know how to work with what you've got
4. The spooling, zipping and whistling sound of the R6 motor and intake is simply gorgeous. Sounds like a frickin whipple cobra. Ok not that cool but you get the idea. Can't be happier about this. I will say though, the valve-train and upper engine chatter on the R6 is more prominent than the RR's. But then again, the RR was as smooth as butter and made little to no chatter whatsoever.
5. I noticed that the R6 takes longer to warm up but once warmed (thermo open) it runs a tiny bit warmer. Not an issue as crusing speeds are still at 168-172. Fan comes on @~210 on the R6 rather than 220 on the RR. Also, the engine gives off quite a bit of heat which is def. felt on your thighs.
6. I need to bleed my brakes so no comparison yet on brake feel. But as crashkhanman stated, initial bite does feel numb.
7. Slipper clutch is great.
8. Shift light is great lol...but by the time you see it you're hauling ass so it's basically a light saying "remember to shift, you're reaching warp speed"
The only gripe I have so far is front end feel. It feels very "heavy". WORLDS apart from the RR. Turning is sometimes rather tricky and not confidence inspiring. My front tire is also bald though (being replaced tomorrow) so I am hoping that after I get a fresh tire on there she will handle differently.
Things I've noticed and that crashkhanman stated:
~They look sexy (yep)
~Ergos are not that bad (true)
~Top-end pull can't compare on a 600RR (true)
~They will pull in our 600RRs in a long straight (yep)
~Brakes felt numb on initial bite (yep)
~Must always ride it like you stole it to enjoy its power and capabilities. (oh yes...this motor likes to spool up)