Originally Posted by Ninja
The Yamaha has the shortest stroke in the 1000 class. Do the maths and it has to do a higher engine speed to do the same amount of work. It always has to be running at higher speed compared to the Gixxer, ZX10 and the CBR. Higher engine speeds means higher wear.
Give me a ZX10R you can drop the clutch at any rpm and hit the throttle and it goes. On the ZX10R you can open the throttle at any speed any gear and go. That is one thing I am sure the R1 can not do. Rev it like a 600 yeah it can go fast but is it better I don't think so.
Yes it can. I tried it, and it pulls as hard as the zx. Down low and up the top. With turbine like smoothness and superior stability.
I don't think it will make much difference to wear if you look after it, make sure that it is nice and warm, and has good oil in it and change it often. How long are you going to keep your bike anyway? 10 years? Not many people bought the zx to keep it for the long haul. This is not a Gold Wing we are talking about. People buying this type of bike do so because they want the latest and greatest. They are not going to own them for very long. They are going to change them for a new one, that will be by that stage revving higher, will have more horse power, and therefore will be faster. Even yours revs higher than any big bore Kawasaki ever did before it.