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I just rode my buddy's 2006 GSX-R 600 on Saturday and have been looking for a similar sport bike (2006+ r6, 2006+ GSX-R 600/750, 2007+ CBR600RR) ever since. I am just wondering who all has one and what they think of it. I had a blast on it. I only rode it for about 30 miles or so, but when we swapped back I didn't want to get back on my 919. He isn't a very experienced rider on the street just yet, so I could run away from him on either bike. But shifting the bike felt so much better than the clunk of the 919 and it felt very positive (all I had to do was tap the shifter and I knew I was in the next gear.) One concern of mine is whether of not these bikes can jump a curb. I currently park my 919 inside my condo, so I have to hop the curb to pull it inside. I would not want to buy one of these bikes and have to leave it outside. But just some input would be greatly appreciated.

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Had a CBR600 that I sold for my 919. I'd never go back. you spent 30min on one and that was about my limit. Most times I ride for a couple hours and that would never happen on sport bike. I supposed a new seat and a handlebar kit would have fixed most of it, but I like the naked style.

As for 600 sporties as a class of bike, you can't go wrong really. Especially new ones. The power is superb and the reliability with the big 4 is great. My CBR got nearly 50mpg if you were nice and still pulled a 10 in the 1/4.

One thing though, I never thought my shifting was clunky on the 919. I get the best shifting with mine using synthetic oil and shifting above 4K. My CBR liked higher revving shifts as well. They are built to be flogged. No matter what people say, the 919 drivetrain came from a sportbike. I ride it like that. Whenever I short shift it does seem a little less refined.

As for curb jumping, measure your ground clearance on your bike, then see how much clearance you have when you jump the curb. Then you could measure the clearance of whatever other bike you are looking at and see if it will clear. You could always build a ramp. I wouldn't let a curb get in the way of a bike you really want.

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I wouldn't let a curb get in the way a bike you really want.




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Same goes for spouses.
Don't let a curb get in the way of where you want to kick your spouse?

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I picked up an 07 CBR600RR after I lost the 919. These bikes are made for the sole purpose of going fast and that's about it. Don't expect any kind practicality, comfort, or bearable city riding at all with a 600cc.

That being said, if I had a garage, I would love to have both. The CBR is great on the highway and back roads. Keep the tach above 7K RPM and both you and bike will be happier.

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I plan on keeping the 919 for practicality. But I really loved riding that 600 on the back roads. I would love to be able to just have something different to ride. I also loved the slender feel of the bike and the clip ons. I know I could get clip ons for the 919, but I feel like it would take away from how practical the 919 is on longer less spirited rides.

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I plan on keeping the 919 for practicality. But I really loved riding that 600 on the back roads. I would love to be able to just have something different to ride. I also loved the slender feel of the bike and the clip ons. I know I could get clip ons for the 919, but I feel like it would take away from how practical the 919 is on longer less spirited rides.
i hated the way the power cam on, on the cbr600's.... its like a fuggin 2 stroke... nothing till about 11k rpms (which is like 60+ in first) then it takes off like a rocket... then ur outta rpms and power... for the tighter twisty stuff id much rather have my 919...

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I plan on keeping the 919 for practicality. But I really loved riding that 600 on the back roads. I would love to be able to just have something different to ride. I also loved the slender feel of the bike and the clip ons. I know I could get clip ons for the 919, but I feel like it would take away from how practical the 919 is on longer less spirited rides.
There you go! You got it right, buy a supersport, keep the 919 as it is, and build a ramp for the curb or pay someone to make one for you.

I bought an older supersport last year (F4i) to replace the 919, up to this day I cant get myself to sell the 9r! They're two different animals and have their own +'s and -'s ...

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600's are a blast. Real easy to ride, and very forgiving (at least from my experience). I just sold my 600RR this week, it's been easy parting out the bike as well. If you like the way it shifts, wait until you try out a nice set of rear sets on one.

I've done 12 hr rides on 600's...it's possible, but your body will hate you for it later. A Corbin is a must.

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Well if you have the resources to have both then its a no brainer. And once you have two bikes, its really easy to start doing track days instead of riding around like an idot on the street.

I've found the 919 is capable of going way faster than a sane persson should go on the street. And its always more gratifying to outrun a sport bike on a naked. If you really find the 600 that much more comfortable for play time then I'd guess your the right kind of person to start taking it to the track. Not preaching. Just saying. You'll have even more fun on track than on the most awsome of back roads.

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I plan to track it eventually. Just a couple hours from Brarbers and Road Atlanta!

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i hated the way the power came on...
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matter of fact I was thinkin of re-caming the 900 now that Ive rode it but Im not gonna. personally I couldnt ride a 600 SS, it would drive me nuts! I could however ride a sv650, or a gsx-r750. but thats kinda a pointless class now isnt it?

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heres a 600 that would be fun

custom shifter kart gsxr 600 & crg chasis

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matter of fact I was thinkin of re-caming the 900 now that Ive rode it but Im not gonna. personally I couldnt ride a 600 SS, it would drive me nuts! I could however ride a sv650, or a gsx-r750. but thats kinda a pointless class now isnt it?
The GSXR750 is a brilliant bike in a class of it's own.
It's like a real punchy 600 that doesn't need to be buzzed to go.
You get the HP of a highly race built 600, but have a nice useable torque curve.
And if you are not racing, who cares if there is no 750 class ?
Having ridden the 600 (son has) and 750 (I have) versions, I'd take the 750 first.

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SB, this is predomenantly a naked bike/919 site, so the negative responses are to be expected. And thet's OK, everyone likes something different.

I have an 07 CBR600RR. It's a fine machine. I think it's every bit as comfy as the 919, but like I say, everybody's different. Mine has HeliBars on it, tho.

I like the power delivery of my 6. Revving a 6 isn't like revving a big bike, it has such a short stroke. I like spinning an engine and shifting gears.

The 6 doesn't do as well on gas, if that matters. The big downfall is the 6 isn't a whole lot of fun until you're doing way over the speed limit. It works for me because I know a lot of nearly deserted roads.

A good comprimise may be a 599. I really like mine.

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I was expecting mixed feed back. I posted a similar threads on other forums. I just like to hear from those who are more experienced than me. And I also enjoy hearing everyone's different take on the subject.

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Nothing yet. I recently quit my job (kind of a hot headed in the moment decision). And was an unemployed college student for about 3 weeks. Just got another job. So it might be a while until I can buy something. I am looking for a 2006+ r6 or 2006+ GSX-R600. I rode a couple of CBR600RR's and they just didn't compare. I have never owned anything Kawasaki, and I don't know anyone with a ZX6R. So I would be scared of making that purchase only on internet specifications.

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I rode an 04 ZX6R 636. Really easy to go fast and not know it. Doesn't scare the piss out of you like it does going fast on my old CB750. Can't really go wrong with anything. Buy what you like, when you can.

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Well I finally found one. Picked up this 2007 GSX-R 600 with 6900 miles on it last night. It has some kind of aftermarket exhaust, just a slip on I believe, a zero gravity windscreen, frame sliders, and a seat cowl.
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Well I finally found one. Picked up this 2007 GSX-R 600 with 6900 miles on it last night. It has some kind of aftermarket exhaust, just a slip on I believe, a zero gravity windscreen, frame sliders, and a seat cowl.


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Well I finally found one. Picked up this 2007 GSX-R 600 with 6900 miles on it last night.
Nice motorcycle! I bet it be even better with high bars!

That'll work........
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Nice motorcycle! I bet it be even better with high bars!
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I want to know...how did the 600RR 'didn't compare'?

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I rode my buddy's cbr600rr and it just didn't feel like it had any umph to it. Even at the higher rpm's. Maybe he had a lemon, or maybe he previous owner hadn't taken of it (current owner knows nothing about motorcycles.) Maybe it sat too long. I know people love the cbr600rr's but the one I rode did not impress me at all. It was a 2005.

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Well I finally found one. Picked up this 2007 GSX-R 600 with 6900 miles on it last night. It has some kind of aftermarket exhaust, just a slip on I believe, a zero gravity windscreen, frame sliders, and a seat cowl.
Best of luck with GSXR. I have a '92 CBR600F2 and there is no comparison between it and the '03 919. But, then again, there is over ten years worth of difference in the technology.

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I see. I got to play with an 08 GSXR and I thought the power was underwhelming, compared to my old 06 600RR, as well as my 08 R6. The ergos are up for debate, I personally don't like the feeling of sitting 'in' a bike.

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I love the Yamaha r6! Just couldn't find one in my price range. I like the GSXR so far, and I enjoyed riding his (so much that I didn't want to swap back to my 919!) But now I have both, and can choose whichever one to ride whenever I want, as soon as my front wheel gets fixed on the 919 that is.

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