Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Island Lake Alberta Canada
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The new CBR is by far the best package 'blade so far. Sadly it lacks the tech to hang with the tallest dogs out there (Duc and the Kawi offerings ) in raw performance capability in stone stock form. However, if you still want a streetable 'warrior' I-4 the CBR is the cat's ass (IMO). Better suspension, better plastic (yeah I know, cosmetics don't do diddly on the track), and the fly by wire throttle is good, but a miniscule decrease in power to weight ratio is just wrong. Drop it by 5 lbs (from the previous model, not where it 'porks' now) and increase the hp and then you're talking a serious gain in appeal for buyers. I personally don't need wheelie control like some of the competition raves about, the slipper and electronic dampener are just fine for wizardry for me. All the writers/testers say it's still the easiest litre bike to ride fast on the track and the numbers show it, even though it's second at best (test results). As for the R1 I really don't think theres any improvement there at all; if anything, it's regressed. I don't like the ergos (ok never did) and it feels huge in comparison to any other new 1000rr bike I've sat on (Honda, Duc, Kaw, BMW) and it just doesn't 'feel' right for me. Now in truth, I haven't had the chance to ride any of the '12s and likely won't get the chance unless one of my buds ends up with one and has a penchant for a quick trade ride this summer, so I can't be very objective with just a sit down on any of them...the truth is in the actual ride. I was real big on the VFR1200 when I sat on it too, but the fire soon sputtered after an hour in the saddle.
Duct tape can't fix stupid...but it sure helps muffle the sound
'03 SP2, '09 GL1800