the R1 is fast and capable but a bit cold. The R1 also cost about 1600 quid to sort the fueling ( was worst standard throttle I have ever used) quickshifter and blipper.
Don't get me wrong the R1 is a really competent bike. If I was still racing and the the objective was to collect as many pots as possible I'd probably buy the R1. As there are more people making more parts etc. And if I have a problem then there are 50 people in the paddock with R1s that I can ask, or beg \ borrow parts from.What else does it need outside of a reflash and maybe a pipe? Its funny how people differ on opposite sides of the pond. Over here people are foaming at the mouth about how good the R1 is.
This is one of the reasons I would be buying as well. Like I said I'm not sure I need the extra 80 hp of a 1000. I also am buying because sexy hehe.The main reason I bought my f3 800 was to have that addition 25rwhp and torque over my 675R, and maintaining the fun and enjoyment of a supersport.. Will be looking at my first track review of the bike on 28 may. will have y 675R for comparison.
I was told the same thing, yet never found the stock 490 pig able to easily lift it up... after dropping 60lbs, 1/4 turn throttle and getting her up to 135rwhp she seemed far more willing to do so, but nothing like the F3 800 with exhaust adn tune or a literbike from 2003 on.It will be an adventure for me as I have never had a bike that would lift the front wheel. Or I'm just too much of a pansy to ride it hard enough. I was told my RC51 would wheelie like crazy, I never got it to...... But I prefer to think about it that my throttle control is smooth and progressive that I can keep the bike accelerating had and both wheels on the ground. O