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post #1 of 17 Old 05-11-2003, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: 600rr

Ok, help me out here. I've been down to the dealership here 3 times in the last week and that DAMN 600rr is just calling my name. Can't seem to get it out of my head....

Question for you guys,,,,,, Am I smoking crack thinking of getting rid of my 00' 929 for the 600rr? I thought I had read on the old site a quick blurb on someone who had changed from the 9 to the 6 and was really impressed and now I'm looking for your guys opinions??? The thing is just soooooo damn sexy. Best looking thing out of Japan I have seen in some years... I look at the 9 though and still see a way more than capable motorcycle with some serious stomp still in her AND it still looks damn good looking too!!! My 929 was light years ahead of my 900rr but I'm hearing the 600rr is like a similar jump and then some.... I rode my buddies R6 (2001) today and it did feel pretty nice (ya ya, I know but more than anything, I wanted to see what type of power loss I'd be looking at (just dyno'd at over 102hp @ the rw). Too be totally honest, my 929 'feels' way stronger from about everywhere but the 6 is sewing machine smooth and really feels like you can get her into and basically pick any line you want in a corner. Being that it's been years since I really took a 6 out for a fair rip and seeing as these current 600's are true sporting machines vs some of the others I have ridden. I'm just wondering if there is going to be a huge power loss (feel) or if the 6 is going to feel as impressive as I am reading coming off the 929 which, incidentally, is running the best of it's life just cracking the 8K mark... Just wondering if it goes as good as it looks?

Anyone been out on one to compare??? The thing is calling my name but that 9 is just sooooo close to perfect for me.. Confused........ Help...........
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Re: 600rr

Haven't rode it, but it sounds like you have answered most of your own thoughts and questions bro. I would be hard pressed to give up my liter bike. 600's are more nimble, but they are also more work. It'd be great to have em both, but if you gotta have just one I think I would stick with the 929. Just my 2 cents, good luck.
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Re: 600rr

If you can wait a little longer the next advance in liter bike technology is right around the corner. (CBR1000RR) If you are not impressed with it then the 600RR will always be there to buy at a later date.

SS - I would wait and save the money!
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Re: 600rr

hmmmm....since I just bought my 54 a few months ago...I'm waitin to see what theyre gonna do with that sexy V5. BUT.....I would wait on a 600 until you maybe had the cash flow to have BOTH bikes. I rode a buddies gixxer 600 and it was just really wierd going back......no more kick you in the crotch feeling of acceleration......the 6RR would probly be awesome to rip around some twisties on a weekend......but I wouldnt have one as my sole bike. JUST MY .02....take it for what you will.....
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Re: 600rr

I agree w/the other posts. *I think you will greatly miss the low and mid-range of the 929. *If you can afford both, go for it, otherwise I'd stick w/whatcha got *

Edit: years ago I had an '89 CBR600, then went to a '97 CBR900. Sold that and bought the F4i because I thought I'd enjoy the nimble handling of a 600 again. Less than a year later the F4i went and I purchased the 954 - I will NEVER look back.



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Re: 600rr

I've been thinking of the same thing. IMO, how often can we legally use the extra power of a litre bike? For me, not very often. Other peeps might, but I don't. I'm probably a lot slower than most here. In many ways I miss my 98 F3 for it's small size and flickability. Whether I get one or not depends on my dealer paying off my 929 and the comparative cost of insurance.
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Re: 600rr

Rode my buddies 2002 piss yellow F4i last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Really made me want to go back to the 600's. The throttle was so much smoother versus the choppiness of the '54 (I know, put a PowerCommander on it). In addition, it was soooo much more easier turning that bike than the '54. Don't get me wrong, the '54 is quite capable, but the 600 was just so easy to turn. In my opinion, wait for the new Honda liter bike to come out and see how you feel then. Plus right now, dealerships are probably jacking up the price of the 600RR b/c of demand.
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fivestar929 : how often can we legally use the extra power of a litre bike?
It's a valid question. *And truth be told -as you've asked the question-, the answer is not very often. However, I love literbikes because of the stomping low end and midrange they provide. *The only way I'd go back to a middleweight of any sort would be for another twin. *At least that way I could have liter-class 'feel' in the bottom half of the tach. *(For instance, my SV650 made 90% of max torque at a very low 3,400 rpm.)

Back to Big Dog - the short answer here is, I personally don't think you'll be happy with the manner in which you've got to wring out an I4 600, what with you coming off a 929.



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Re: 600rr

Buy it and have two bikes.
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Re: 600rr

You can still go 160mph on a 600!
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This time last year my brother and I decided to buy a '00 F4 as a second bike for us both. (Bad idea to share a bike BTW) The bike my brother was riding at the time was a '83 CB1100F and I a '99 1100XX. For my brother the F4 was a step up and hooked him on riding all over again. For myself the F4 was a great handling, light...PITA. I had become lazy and didn't care for the constant shifting required. My brother has also opted for the liter class, tourquey smoothness of an R1 (traitor). Granted, the F4 is no 600RR but it is a 600. If it were just the looks I would wait and see if the new RCB/CBR 1000 rumors are true...Oh yeah, the F4 hasn't been ridden yet this year.

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Re: 600rr

I just went through the process of deciding whether or not to move up to a literbike. I had a '99 600F4. The new 600's are a leap forward over my F4, but ultimately, I decided that for what I do, and how I ride, the 954 was the bike for me. The 600RR looks to be a torture rack for long rides, and 2-up riding appears to be impossible. Most of the riding I do is in rural areas, with lots of twisties and not much stopping. However, when I did venture into populated areas and stop and go riding, the 600 was a major pain in the ass. It seemed like I was always searching for that right gear, and could never find it when you have to handle a slow, but changing pace. With the 954, you could just leave it in second OR third and just keep going without a problem.

I love the looks of the 600RR, but after riding the 954 the usable power, ergos, versatility, 2-up capability, and overall package made it the perfect choice for me. If you just take your rides in twisties, never take a passenger, and stay away from high traffic areas, the 600RR would be a blast. If you stray from that, I think you will be disappointed in the bikes versatility.

If it were me, and I had your concerns about the low and midrange power, I would wait until the 2004's come out. The new bike should have the looks AND power you are looking for. If not, get the 600RR. You should be able to get one much easier, and at a better price.....new or used. Just my .02!
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Re: 600rr

Chain, I agree. *I just remember my F3 spinning pretty fast, but only doing about 80-85 mph. *If I try that stuff w/my 929, I'll look down and be easily exceeding triple digits. *I love going fast, just not comfy on roads w/idiot drivers. * *



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Re: 600rr

Can't use the power of a 900 try uphill, overtaking a big rig on a two lane road - 900 means less time on the wrong side. Sure you can use it.

I'm waiting for next years bike, if I still had the 929 - I'd probably wait 'till 05 and either buy run out 04's or the (probably) sorted out '05. my 2 cents.

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Re: 600rr

What's the old saying? *Horsepower is king but torque is your friend. *It's the extra torque the bigger engine makes at lower revs that I like. Yes the 600 makes over 100 HP but you have to crank it up over 10,000 rpm to get it.




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