AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Sep 2012
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So I'm trying to digest this thing and not jump on the hate brigade right away but what are we getting? New air intake and factory map? That's just a different street tune of the same bike. New BPF forks & tweaked rear shock? I say BFD forks and you'll still have to set it all up to notice any difference. That leaves us with styling as the only update. IMO there's things to like about the new look and things that make me say hmmm... I like the mid and lower fairings. That's what a race rep should be. Clean & simple. Make it slippery in the air and make any ducting minimal & purposeful. The tank & seat portion that mates with the tank & covers the subframe are also smooth & no nonsense. I see where some think early 600RR but I'm seeing more nods to the couple years of Moto2 bikes with us. All of the above I'm a big fan of and think it's an improvement over the 09-12 years. Jury's still out in my book on the face & ass. The tail looked like a no brainer. Really does look like they lifted the 04-07 CBR1kRR tail, threw a new LED light , and smoothed it into the seat tank portion. Don't hate it but thought they might do something a little more svelte like the 08+ CBR1KRR. That face though I'll venture is downright ugly. In a four wheeled analogy they went from sports car to muscle car. I like how the windscreen is now only functionally long rather than extending down practically to the air intake. More like their race bikes. The lights and truck grill lines though I just can't like. Does look like the Honda Civicized the Panigale face. That's not a compliment.
Last edited by PdubRR; 11-13-2012 at 02:27 PM.