Zap Branigan wrote:
600 sportbikes are very forgiving to experienced riders. The power is not going to get away from you if you have throttle control. 1000 cc is a bit tougher.
If you like the 600 cbr go for it. Fantastic bike.
Hm, there isn’t that much of a difference, on the street, between 600 and 1000. Even on the track, it’s still the rider, not the bike - for the most part.
When talking to people without experience with sportbikes, I think it’s a bit misleading to say “a 600 is more forgiving, a 1000 is tough” - they’re both tough for anyone not used to vehicles with enormous acceleration.
If you’re decided to get a japanese sportbike, the latest Honda 600 has excellent reviews. It’s been rated the best 600 overall by several magazines.
Yamaha is a screamer and has the biggest power, but all that power is at the very top of the engine speed - practically useless on the street.
In any case, the differences between the major brands are small. You can pretty much flip a coin to choose, and you’ll still get an awesome bike.
Oh, and speaking of throttle control - many sportbikes have a quite abrupt way of opening the throttle initially. My 03 Ninja 636 was one of the most blatant examples - I had to be extra careful when squeezing the throttle for the first few millimeters.
The opposite example would be the Daytona 675 - it’s stronger than my late Kawi but the initial throttle opening is smooth like silk. And once it’s open, it pulls like a bull on ephedrine.[/quote]
wow lots of good info coming in on these posts guys.
about that daytona 675- i was actually looking at that on the internet yesterday, i was curious to see how comparable it would be to the honda. i couldnt find much information directly comparing the two, so i called a shop that sells both bikes.
basically the guy told me that hed rather have the triumph if i were going to be using it for mainly street riding- which i will. although, reviews that i have read go on and on about it being a great bike, very smooth, etc, but not a beginners bike. now, im not a new rider, but new to sportbikes other than a couple parking lot rides. the guy also told me the triumph was a bit taller in the rear, and the honda hit me perfectly, so if the triumph feels that much taller that he would say that, it might already be out of the mix.
i also feel that maintenance/work that i would eventually need done on the honda would be cheaper than that of a triumph, not to mention generally easier as there are more honda dealers around than triumph.
thanks for the thoughts people