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I have been riding for 20 years. 5'7" 140lbs so not a big guy but never had a problem. Not a track guy but city rider. Dealer is suggesting I move to a CBR 600 after 2 wrong bike decisions.



I bought a CBR 650F. Rode it for 4 months and hit a pot hole with sand in it and went down when turning. I struggled with the bike because it was heavy and more specifically top heavy. I bought a Kawi 650 as a replacement and yes it is easier to handle but is the most boring bike I have ever ridden.


I sat on the CBR 600, I can mostly flat foot but am told the weight is lower to the ground so easier to handle.


Would you buy your bike again even though it hasn't been updated for a while and for the most part discontinued worldwide?
 

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Personally, no.
I like the feel of the CBR1000RR better for my ergonomics, but not my wallet. I also don’t need the power realistically, I just like how thin and small that bike is.

If I was in the market for a bike, I would be considering the MT or XSR line very heavily. I’ve actually thought about selling my bikes and getting the XSR700, but I’m just not riding enough to justify it at the moment.

The CBR600RR is comfortable for a supersport, but it can wear on you. It’s a lot of money for an old bike, solid motor, and fat bodywork (13+). Does that mean I regret buying one in 2013, not at all...but would I buy another with all the other options on the market...absolutely not.
 

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I love the 600rr. More than enough power. Hell, it's basically a track bike made street legal.

Maybe not all day comfortable, but easily half-day comfortable.

Built like a brick outhouse. Used parts are plentiful and dirt cheap compared to most other bikes.

I bought one at a salvage auction earlier this year. Sold it to a friend. Missed it almost immediately. Bought two more :) (both 09s)

So I'd have to answer your question with a 'hell ya.'
 

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Yep definitely...

A bike that I can race for 3 seasons; trackdays for many many seasons and then still can be used to go to work Monday to Friday... It's a win win win...

mine is 6 years old this year and it still as tight as when I first take it out of the dealership with 0km.

I'd love to get a brand new one again.
 

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I have been riding for 20 years. 5'7" 140lbs so not a big guy but never had a problem. Not a track guy but city rider.

That says it all.

The 600rr was a great bike in 2003, and it's still a sweet bike in 2018, but, for your needs, it's simply not the right tool for the job.

I would recommend you take a look at the Yamaha Mt-07. That's a perfect city bike.
 

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What do you want out of the bike? In other words, what do you plan to do with it?

A 600RR is a great, fun bike. But like any supersport, it’s not very comfortable and can be a handful in the slow going of the city. I’m surprised you had issues with the weight of the 650F, I owned one for 3 years and found it nimble as all the weight was low and very centered on the bike.

As stated above, I’d look at more upright bike like a CB650F, MT-07, SV650, Triumph Street Triple, etc. if all your riding is city. The big, wide handlebars make controlling it much easier.
 

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To strictly answer your question of would I, hell yes I would. And that's basically what I did. I used an SV650 for a season while the CBR was dedicated to track duty and just missed it every day I wasn't on it. I didn't notice it but when I started to mod the SV I was basically trying to mod it closer to what my CBR felt like. Once I realized what I was doing, the SV went up on sale and I brought the CBR back to double duty.

Is it more comfortable? Hell no. Is it more fun? Oh yes. Would I put up with an angry seating position for the sake of said fun? You bet. I've toured the thing pretty much half of the East coast DC area up to Canada and with a few minor comfort mods the trips were plenty doable and I got to hoon around while at it. The occasional weekend track days are a big fat bonus.
 

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Thks for the responses. Lots of rumours flying around for 2019 including a refresh of the 600. But who knows.

I am going to wait to see what happens early next year. Worst case I buy a 600 during the end of the model year.
 

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Nothing new will happen, so don't wait. Yes, I'd buy a CBR600 in your situation. And the irony of crashing in a corner while in a state well known for being almost totally strait roads is awesome and terrible at the same time.
 

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My first 2006 CBR600RR was stolen. I then bought a 2009 CBR600RR until I broke it. I found another 2009 CBR600RR with exactly the same color and year where I can swap all my mods over. Rode it for 4 months until it's stolen again. Now the question is would I buy it again?

Yes if I have the extra cash or never owned a 600RR before. Having already owned 2 generations with 3 different bikes, I'm ready to move on to something new such as CBR1000RR. I don't need the power but I want the technology. You can only eat the same meal for so long.
 

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