I love my recently purchased 2005 CBR 600 F4i to bits, but I am finding that in traffic, commuting etc I'm having trouble. It feels dangerous at low speeds in traffic, I used to ride GSX1100's and CB900F years ago and don't ever remember having trouble in traffic. It's the riding stance mainly, I'm used to seeing the backs of my hands while riding, not the backs of my thumbs (every other bike I've owned has been upright standard) also having not ridden bikes for years is another factor. I find it more difficult to see what's going on around me in traffic and at intersections on this bike, I'm very nervous on it, which isn't good.
I'm feeling that I should have got a Hornet, my friends are saying that to, but I prefer the CBR F4i, it looks so much nicer.
Why a guy like me who doesn't want to ride fast got a sport bike who knows (my hearty ruled over my head)
A touring type rider (which I've always been) shouldn't get a sport bike)
I am also looking into doing a returning rider safety refresher course, should be compulsory here, but it isn't........yet.
Option 1./ Sell bike and get a Hornet 600 or 900, I actually really like the gsr600 Suzuki.
Option 2./ Modify the F4i into a more upright riding stance so that it's more like a Hornet
but still has the killer looks of the CBR F4i
I know there are handle bar risers but I would need a complete single bar like the Hornet and repostion foot pegs. As far as the engine goes, I know it wants to go faster but it is still pretty good and will pull from 3000 rpm in a tall gear quite well and doesn't go totally mental until it hits 5000 rpm, so it's really quite rideable at low/medium speeds. It's the rider stance that's the issue for me
I must stress that MOST of my problem is me and my lack of recent experience, the bike is fine but not good ergos for me.
What degree of adjustment is there (if any) as it is stock with the Handlebars/seat/pegs ergos? I would assume very little or none.
I love the bike but if a person with a clean Hornet or Suzuki GSR600 came along, I'd consider swapping plus cash either way, but not before trying ergo mods so I don't have to, I even thought of converting it into a street fighter........don't know, I really do like the street fighter thing.