It's pretty funny how a hard seat and little storage capacity can earn this bike a bad rating. They do mention the lack of low end and midrange power, but that holds true for all of these 600's. Whatever they're smoking, I want some. I ride with a couple other RR's, an '04 R6, and an '04 GSXR 600. We've done 3-wide races between the RR, R6, and GSXR, and it comes down to who gets the best launch every single time. Anyone who says the RR is lacking power comapred to the other supersport 600's is just plain wrong.But others weren't so sure about the CBR; it was ranked in fourth place by three testers. Complaints were few (like a hard seat and lack of on-board storage), but they were as loud as an Incubus concert when speaking of the Honda's relative dearth of low-end and midrange power. Whether riding on the street or the track, the CBR rider needs to put extra effort into being in the right gear at exactly the right time or it will get walked. The extra amount of time we spent riding these bikes in street situations this year over last magnified the problem, which is one of the key reasons why the CBR dropped in our rankings compared with our 2003 comparo.
umgrad76,umgrad76 said:Good article...I thought it was interesting that they noted the blue puff of smoke (in the caption to one of the picts) which comes from the RR during decelerating. I have the same problem. I'm carefully measuring oil consumption over this oil change.
Not only that, but how did they only run an 11.11 @ 128 on the RR?? I ran an 11.7 @ 116 at 6000 feet. There have been countless other reviews that have run a 10.6 @ 130 on these bikes. Learn to launch, Motorcycle USA!NewRedRider said:3) The HP curve shows all of the bikes to be almost identical up to 7k rpm and only a slight difference after 7k rpm. So their complaint of the lack low-end and midrange power is baseless by their own Dyno. If there was such a vast difference in power between these bikes, why is it there's only a 0.34 second difference between first and last place in the 1/4 miles times?