You know, when the RC came out in '00, I looked over the specs and was trying to decide whether to purchase a CBR 929RR, or the RC 51. Over and over the CBR came out WAY BETTER than the RC 51, lighter weight by 30 lbs, 160Hp at the crank, compared to 130 at the crank for the RC, $500. more MSRP for the RC. PLUS, DEALERS WERE OVER-CHARGING by $1000 plus for the RC! I bought a beautiful Pearl White/Red CBR 929 and was convinced I had the better motorcycle. 8 years later, and many happy miles on the CBR, my 22 year old son pesters me for the CBR, he has eyed that bike since it came home new, and he was 14. This year I gave in and sold him the bike, "as long as i could find a clean RC, was the condition". I found my 1300 mile bike, and the rest is history. The RC is magic! It's heavier, but doesn't feel it, it feels MORE NIMBLE that the 399lb CBR, the bike is a pleasure to push through corners. Not that the CBR was bad, it was incredible, this bike is just BETTER. My RC has the sprockets changed so the low end feels great, and the bike pulls like an animal to the rev limiter. I also like the way the RC GRIPS AND CLAWS out of corners, it just digs in and grunts without slippage in the rear. It reminds me alot of my '98 VFR 800Fi, both bikes have that crazy torque in corners that hoists the front wheel when layed over......COOL!!! I'm not a racer, I'm just a 52 year old back-road-banger who lives in the heart of the Appalachians, loves ripping through corners in the mountains, and has been riding since 1972!!!! I can't tell you which bike is better, but I can tell you this, I LOVE THE RC, and I won't miss the more powerful, lighter, CBR 929!
BTW, did you realize the CBR 929 weighed only 373 lbs without fluids? It weighed only 3 LBS more than the CBR 600 F4I!!!!! AND, it had tons more HP!!
Bikes have personalities, I chose the CBR over the R1 in '00, I test rode each 3 TIMES!!!! My dealer thought I was nuts!!! The CBR just felt MORE BALANCED, and the power came on in a more usable fashion. To each his own. Try an RC though, that has had it's sprockets changed to a 15 front and 42 rear, it's the only true way to evaluate the bike, the stock gearing is for the steady 100 mph environment of the track.