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How uncomfortable is the R1?

Like the title says, how uncomfortable would it be?
End of 2018 brought a new and better job and i'll be saving for my next ride, going up from the sv650s but not all the way up to the fjr1300 that is my ultimate goal.
I'm 6'2", inseam is 34 (aprox). 15 stone atm. The sv felt like pure torture at first if i rode it for more than 20 mins at a time, things have improved and i can almost not complain about a 2 hr ride. I became more flexible, i guess. But the goal is to do 100s of miles a day, thousands in 2-3 weeks every summer. I could go back to cruisers but i got to a point where i really like being able to open the throttle and get away from careless cagers no matter the speed.
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Why not just get an fjr
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

tracer or MT10 may be more usable for your planned mileage
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

I'd a 03 r1 ,hated it, too cramped and your an inch taller
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

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Why not just get an fjr
Well it has all been a slow(er) progression so far. Marauder 125, a Vulcan 400 and the sv now. Jumping to fjr is a bit steep, i'm not in a hurry.

Also, the fact that one machine is less ideal than another doesnt bother me. I did several days of 400-500 km on the 125. With patience and maintenance anything is achieveable. I somehow got my eyes on the R1 (seems more appealing than the fz1) and i am trying to learn about the comfort factor. Taller rider. Probably heavier by the time i buy it.
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Well it has all been a slow(er) progression so far. Marauder 125, a Vulcan 400 and the sv now. Jumping to fjr is a bit steep, i'm not in a hurry.
You what
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You what
Started in my mid 30s, bit over 12 months ago. Plenty of reasons not to throw myself blindly into something. Took my time, had the 3 bikes all in 1 year. Got comfy on one, moved to the next. I was not sure i'd like the sportier 650 after the first 2 machines but i ended up loving it. Now i see a certain path ahead of me.
I understand most folks here did and do things differently, but my way works for me.
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

Tracer is the mutts nuts.
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Started in my mid 30s, bit over 12 months ago. Plenty of reasons not to throw myself blindly into something. Took my time, had the 3 bikes all in 1 year. Got comfy on one, moved to the next. I was not sure i'd like the sportier 650 after the first 2 machines but i ended up loving it. Now i see a certain path ahead of me.
I understand most folks here did and do things differently, but my way works for me.
You do realise an r1 is a 1000cc sports bike and an fjr is a big lazy tourer
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

I see nothing wrong with enjoying the sporty yet full of torque r1 on the way to the "lazy tourer". There are among my friends girls who ride r1. But we're moving away from the purpose of this thread. In the pictures r1 seems larger than the sv650s. However, i hace not been near one yet. That is why i ask.
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

Go to a dealer and sit on one, take it for a test ride, comfort is subjective, i know lads who cant get comfy on a pan ffs.
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

R1 isn't too bad for touring on.
I'm 6 feet 1 tall.
It's certainly doable.
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

I find there grand but what year are you looking ?
I found the older model more cramped than my 14
But I'm only 5feet 7.you can drop the footpegs on mine
Slightly too make it more comfortable
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

It's not the whole story, but this website will give you an idea of what position you'll be in on virtually any bike. Might be worth having a look.

http://cycle-ergo.com/
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

I have a 2007 R1 and I'm similar size (6'1 and about 13 stone).

It's a great bike but I'm not sure I'd like to do more than a couple of hours a day on it. I mostly use it for track days at this point. I have an xsr700 that I use for day-to-day commuting.

I kind of agree with the other folks here. If you want a full on track bike and intend to take it to Mondello, then the R1 is a great choice.

If it's a nice warm, dry summer day I'll take the R1 out for a spin on the twisties and it's awesome. But for the vast majority of Irish weather conditions it's just too damn powerful to really enjoy it.

As soon as it even starts to get cold or wet I'll take the xsr every time because it's a lot more comfortable and easier to ride but still has enough power to be plenty of fun without having the constant fear that I'm going to open the throttle a little too fast and high-side it.

For higher mileage and touring I'd certainly take a look at the tracer, MT-09 or MT10.
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

have an 04 r1, im 5 8" and its grand but thats with adjustable rearsets set to the lowest. very different to the fjr, great fun and very lively on wet roads
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

Tracer GT or an MT10
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

Mt10 sounds about right for what you want.
Must go to the local dealer and get a test ride on one myself.
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Buy a Fazer/FZ1, detuned R1 engine but still well able to shift and has the kind of comfort you're looking for.
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I see nothing wrong with enjoying the sporty yet full of torque r1 on the way to the "lazy tourer". There are among my friends girls who ride r1. But we're moving away from the purpose of this thread. In the pictures r1 seems larger than the sv650s. However, i hace not been near one yet. That is why i ask.
Careful now, don't want to offend girls with comments like that.

This site might be useful for you to, helps you compare your measurements against various models.

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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

MT10 is a fun bike to ride and has soft luggage and other touring bits available. However it's range is limited by the small tank and frequent fill ups are the order of the day.
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

Thanks, gents. I kinda got the picture. My mistake was not saying clearly enough that the touring would be dobe on the fjr and the r1 is in the spotlight as a stepping stone and a fun thing to enjoy inbetween. I would still go across Ireland on her, so i am interested in having it as a slight improvement in ergonomics compared to the sv. Initial plan was a v-strome or versys 1000, but the fun factor steered me towards r1
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

The r1 is loads of fun
I went from a zx6r too the big bang r1 and it's grand
No issues here.what year you looking at ?
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Thanks, gents. I kinda got the picture. My mistake was not saying clearly enough that the touring would be dobe on the fjr and the r1 is in the spotlight as a stepping stone and a fun thing to enjoy inbetween. I would still go across Ireland on her, so i am interested in having it as a slight improvement in ergonomics compared to the sv. Initial plan was a v-strome or versys 1000, but the fun factor steered me towards r1

A versys1000 has a zx10r engine and is a lot of fun.
I think something like that would be a better fit for you and a better all rounder.
Either way all bikes mentioned are a big step up from th sv650.

You will have fun on any 1000cc sports, tourer or sports touring which is the best of all worlds.
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Initial plan was a v-strome or versys 1000, but the fun factor steered me towards r1
Don't be fooled into thinking either of those bikes don't have a lot of power because they are upright touring bikes, and in a lot of our shitty irish roads they are way better and probably faster than a sportsbike and if your not careful you could loose your licence just as easy.
Test ride the bike your interested in, it's the only way
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

Was on a 07 R1 and i found it fine being 6 foot 3 , i don't think it's down to the bike as much and believe it's down to the rider . You will have the sore wrists for at least the first week but as you get more time in that will pass i'm sure. Sit in one wiggle around and find the comfortable position if it feels like a ball ache to keep that position then i would say try a blade was on a 09 and much preferred the feel.

I recently got a duc 848 and at first hated the ride for more than 20 minutes but now after a month i love it ! But everyone on all the forums said it's an arse to ride if you are tall so that solidifies the fact it's down to the rider i think !
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Re: How uncomfortable is the R1?

Doubt it's much help but I'm 6'4" and 16 stone. Have a quick go on an R1. Felt like my knees were banging off my elbows at times. I much prefer a more upright seating position. Best of luck finding your next bike.
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