Originally Posted by snikwad
because its 3 years old and needs some serious mods to keep up with the other 600s ina straight line, i mean theyre all brand new for 06, except the RR. Wait till next year, someone will put the new one on podium, just watch.
The guy above me doesn't know what he's talking about. Ignore him.
Honda had AMA SPECIFICALLY create the FX class for the 600rr because it wasn't going to cut it in supersport (Honda Pro Oils is the title sponsor for the FX class). When then 600rr first came out it was at least 10-15 lbs heavier than the competition (03 r6, gsxr, and 6r). All those bikes were kicking the 600rr's but IN STOCK TRIM. I think the first year FX came out, it was all 600rrs on the field (I'm probably wrong though).
Once you modify the hell out of the 600rr (like most Hondas to date) then it really starts going. Just look at WSS and BSS, Hondas have been DOMINATING those classes for years now. Why? Because their rules allow GOBS of modifications on 600cc machinery. Those 600s are pumping out at least 130 hp (from 105 hp stock).
Why do you think Honda doesn't compete in AMA Superstock? Because the 1000rr has always been way too heavy compared to the rest of the field. They have to run the 1000rr in a heavily modified class to get that bike going properly.
The 07 600rr looks to be a lot lighter. I wouldn't be surprised if Honda gives a go at AMA supersport next year. Or at least a bunch of privateers picking that bike up. To date, it's has always been dozens of Yamahas and Suzukis, several Kawasakis, and maybe 2-3 Hondas.
Hondas are always more stable and more dependable out-of-the-box compared to the rest. You get what you pay for.