Looks definitely played a part. It was also the first 600 I ever test road, which may have also had a big influence on my final decision.
I ended up testing most of the big name 6 supers, but there was something about the CBR that stayed with me.
The closest contender would have been the GSXR. I know lots of people give it hate, but for those who have actually ridden one, you can't deny that it's a beast (can be said for all 600's but whateves).
In the end though, the CBR won my heart and the epic saving journey I undertook in order to afford it only helped to cement my decision.
I also developed a rather unhealthy obsession (lust) for the CBR before I had even bought one. I had countless web links to mods and the like, pictures everywhere, my desktop wallpaper - once the beautiful face of my gf - replaced with a CBR (still is a CBR... only now it’s mine).
But yeah, to answer your question, I'd be lying if I said the undertail was not a large part of why I got the CBR, but it defiantly wasn't THE reason.
THE reason would be simply the way my face lit up with joy/excitement/horror the first time I rode one, something that another 600 may have tried to do, but has never really matched.
I think it cleans up the look of the bike. Most stock exhausts look terrible, especially Honda's. The 1000RR is the perfect example - with aftermarket, it's fine, but the original is brutal. The undertail is not so visible. I have stock now and intend on keeping it, at least for the moment.
I was about to buy a gsxr and had found a deal on my bike and bought it. But I was almost at the point of no return with a gsxr750, and when this deal came by it reminded me of my obsession for the RR a few years prior, and couldn't help but jump on it.
I've been riding more and more lately, especially because I'm very excited about riding my new 600RR at every excuse.
And the more I ride, I find out and learn that I enjoy riding in the day light so much more than when it's dark outside.
Do you prefer riding in the day or night?
You just got your M1 endorsement and/or permit and are legally able to operate a motorcycle on the road.
You have obtained your motorcycle and can't wait to take it for a spin.
This counts as day 1.
If you have crashed, whether it involved only you, others, was your fault or not, were obeying...
Why do you ride a 600? Do you see it as a stepping stone to a 1000?
I have owned 1000s and I just like 600rr better than any other bike. It is faster than I ever need it to be, and still surprises me if I haven't ridden in a while. Other than bragging rights, which I do not care about, I see no...
After an extended absence I'm looking for some well articulated opinions. *Apologies for the book that follows, but it's of course a subjective question, so goes beyond the 'you should get a literbike because they are the fastest!!!' or 'literbikes are useless on the streets debate'...