Product Type: Honda motorcycles
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Member Name: jamiem1983
Date: 27/02/09, updated on 27/02/09 (2546 review reads)
Advantages: fast, comfortable, sports bike
Disadvantages: slightly heavier than newer bikes
The Honda CBR was and still is my first bike, after 2 years of passing I still have the same CBR only because it has never let me down. It gets ridden to the redline every time its out and it never fails.
I passed my direct access 2 Julys ago, 3 days later a group of friends and I went a light hearted run, and it turns out I wasn't up to scratch and I crashed shattering my left elbow and doing the same to my right wrist, but the bike... had a grand total of a broken wing mirror and a cracked side fairing from the crash. Now I have to admit I was expecting more damage to the bike but these bikes are so well built and so sturdy that's the reason its still here with me and still runs like the first day I bought it.
Performance wise the bike is excellent gives other bikes in the same league a thrashing; I've raced r6s and thunder cats both of which the CBR was quicker.
The bike has a very comfortable riding position which is what actually attracted me to the CBR in the first place. I had ridden R1's and ZX9Rs both the riding position was very sore on the arms and wrists on long trips where as on the CBR your further back behind the bars instead of right on top of them, which means its able to be ridden longer without your arms hurting and also that the steering isn't as twitchy as the other bikes because your not directly above the bars.
The CBR 600F is as you'd have guessed a 599cc bike with an inline four cylinder engine, producing around 100bhp and 50ft/lb of torque. Which for a bike of its size is pretty good, the only down side is the CBR weights in at 189kg which is pretty heavy compared to some of the newer bikes on the market. The bike is rated at having a top speed of 155mph but I've seen more than that on a few occasions on track days.
Overall very good learners bike and beginners bike, but even after that it's a very good comfortable sports bike, which I would recommend to anyone.
Summary: excellent bike for beginners and the experienced riders among us.
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