What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
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I have remarkably trusting friends. I was given the keys to 2007 Honda CBR 600RR pretty much on a whim. So lets dive right into it.

2007 CBR600RR. 599 CC I4. 15K RPM redline. 400lbs. 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds if you have the skill. Top speed of 250km/h. Numbers over, how is it to ride?

First off, this is a 600cc Supersports bike that I can do 5 hours on at a time with NO issues what so ever. I dont get it. After the 5 hours mark my butt starts to get a little sore, but the fact that I can last that long to begin with is insane. The position I found wasnt actually THAT much more agressive then my SV is either (granted, my SV is modified).

Those long hours mean that when I was in North Carolina with this thing, I got to be very comfortable with it and was quickly pushing the limits. the way this thing handles is just sublime. Flicking this thing through the curves of Deals gap is definitely in my top 10 life experiences. The shape of the bike is also SUPER conducive to leaning off of it, to the point where I felt more comfortable with my body OFF the bike then on it.

And the motor. the little 599 4 pot block in this bike is a peach. Smooth as silk, the noise this bike makes as the needle sweeps the dial is about as close as you can come to having a street legal F1 car. Seriously, having a motor with a 15K redline is something everyone should experience at least once in their life. The power band is nice and linear, making it incredibly easy to up the pace when you want to.


On top of having a fantastic chassis and breath taking engine, the brakes on this bike also deserve some praise. Not only were they strong and resisted fade, but they were very controllable too. Lots of feel through the lever and I could almost tell the millisecond the rear tire would start pulling off the ground. Yes they really are that great.

So an engine that just absolutely SCREAMS and hauls ass past the 9 on the dial, a chassis that seems to read your mind and comfort that really wasnt all that bad.


So why dont I own one already? For starters, that lack of torque... I like my bikes to have a little oomph in them everywhere in the RPM range. This thing simply didnt have that. Below 7K rpm, it was like riding a 250. Then engine HAS to be spinning like mad to go anywhere.

My second grip comes from the tank on this bike. or rather the lack of it. even with gentle riding, I struggled to get more then 220 KM out of a full load. If I was romping on it, I would see 120km. 70 MILES ON A FULL TANK OF GAS. To me, thats just not enough fun time.

And speaking of pricey things, insurance rates on something like this are...painful. It would 3 times more expensive to insure this then it is my SV.

The final verdict? This is a track bike that can be used on the street. Not ideal for the job, but in those rare moments where you can let it breath a little, there is nothing else on earth that comes close to the exhilaration this


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