I Traded in my 04 R1 for a new FZ6 S2 this weekend. You would think that they would be like chalk and cheese in every respect. In terms of pure grunt there is of course no comparison, 98 BHP versus the 160 of the R1 is a no brainer. However, once you get the S2 up and running the handling is spot on, and I would venture that on real roads the S2 would be snapping at the R1's heels on a pretty regular basis.
The Fazer is deceptively light and so so easy to flick around, the wide bars helping to quickly change direction. I have dropped the forks 10mm through the headstock so as to liven up the steering and this makes a huge difference. The suspension certainly appears to be from the budget items bin. Heavy braking makes the front forks dive alarmingly, ideally I would want to dial in a bit more damping but of course there is no adjustment on the front and only preload adjustment on the rear.
The riding position for me (5'6") is perfect and the seat is ultra comfortable. The fitted screen is way too low, 85mph is about the most I could stand because of the buffeting. Although Yamaha do offer a taller screen.
During the first 600 miles the motor is limited to 7,000 RPM, and I have to agree with everyone who says that the mid range on this bike is pretty poor. Up to 7,000 RPM the bike is pretty much handicapped, I would like to see a Dyno print out of the Torque curve, I am guessing that it doesn't come alive until way after 7,000 RPM.
You may get the impression that I am not keen on the Bike. Well you couldn't be further from the truth. This bike is so much fun, it's light, flickable, comfortable, well kitted out and looks beautiful and well made.
I am really pleased with it,