Re: To buy or not to buy a new 08CBR1000RR
First off the clutch issue was fixed with a recall, second even if the bike is a burner its still a phenomenal bike, so good in fact I've owned two of the new style Blades. Pitting this bike against any of the other liter bikes is kinda unfair, true the new R1 seems to be the new hotness as far as being a "street" bike, but the Honda is far better at the edges of performance. Its bottom end grunt is amazing, not quite Ducati grunt, but still impressive. The handling is super light and tracks very well through turns. This is the most confidence inspiring bike I've EVER ridden.
Things to consider though, if you are tall the bike is a tight fit. I'm 6'4" and I can just barely fit behind the screen at full tuck. The bike is sprung for lightweights, if you weigh 200lbs or more you will need stiffer springs, if not then you have nothing to worry about.