Special report: Are 600cc sportsbikes dead and buried?

Plummeting sales, high prices and a lack of development. Can anything save the supersports 600?


Rogerborg's picture

One of the most underwhelming experiences of my biking career was getting off my F800GS and test riding the legendary CBR600F in a bid to stave off middle age.

Super smooth engine, but a pointless riding position for the road (no, I will not learn to fit the bike, the bike should fit me), and shockingly gutless. At the point where the power kicked in, I was already running out of road on which to enjoy it.

On a weekend, on a track, or that mythical stretch of well surfaced twisties with no traffic and perfect forwards visibility, I can see the fun in keeping them up in the Fun Band - while ignoring the fuel gauge. But on real roads? I honestly got more license friendly giggles from thrashing the nuts off a cheap little Ninja 250 and exploiting every bit of its performance through every gear, so that's what I added to my garage instead for having juvenile larks.

As a do everything, everyday "city" bike with a bit of "racing" on the weekends, you can do much better these days than a sports 600. I mean, you *could* get Kate Upton round to do your dishes, and I'm sure she'd scrub them clean enough, but it's not what she's *for*.

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