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Hey guys...yesterday I finally put the insurance on the bike and was out all day. Put about 80 miles on my 06 CBR 1000RR, trying to get a feel for it and break in the tires.(The guy before me prolly just bought a liter bike to say "i have a liter bike"...chicken strips were ridiculous on it.) Anyway, I hit some twisties, did some highway, and here are my impressions as compared to my previous 04 GSX-R 750. (Just so you know, I loved my 04 750, and went into yesterday not expecting to be too impressed with the CBR.)

Power: Incredible. I could pull up the front wheel at 4K in first and around 7-8K in second. That's crazy considering I needed to tach that much to pull it up in FIRST on the 750. It's got a shit load of torque down low and pulls all the way to redline. I'm not overly impressed with the top end of it, but the meaty low end grunt will keep me happy and it's way more usable on the street. The 750 pulled like a freight train about 11K rpm, and that's the way the 1000rr feels all the way up. But the CBR doesn't have that whoa factor like the 750 when you get to the higher rpm. Remember, the 04/05 had the low end grunt to them, unlike the 06+. I road my bike, then my buddy's 07 750, I almost laughed. But then again, even when I had my 04, the 07 was kinda soft down low.

Handling: This is what I'm most impressed with. Like the 750, I set the CBR up for my weight and messed with the rebound and compression a little. The CBR is great, very stable, just like the GSXR. However, the turn in on the CBR is better! Much more flickable. Even tho the ergos are about the same, tank shape, bar reach, and rider position. The transition was pretty minimal b/c of the similar feeling better the two bikes. Remember, the 04/05 750s still had the bigger bike feel. I had her leaning over pretty well for the first day out. Nothing too crazy, but I wore down the strips on the left to about a 1/8" and on the right to about 1/2". (Pics are coming soon btw...I was too busy riding to snap pics yesterday) On the highway is where the difference really was. The CBR was quicker in switching lanes and recovering at higher speeds. I thought it would be a handful at the higher rpm b/c of the engine inertia, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Braking: The brakes are much more effective on the 1000rr. I think it has 4 piston calipers in the front, same as the GSXR...but there are much more grabby. Could stoppie at will. The rear brake is more more forgiving, gotta really stomp on it to lock up the rear tire. The GSXR needed some serious modulation or the rear tire would be skidding. However, I was disappointed that the rear brake squeaked just like it did on the GSXR. Supposedly, the design of the rear brake (on the bottom part of the rotor, as opposed to the top part of the rotor like on the GSXR) was suppose to eliminate noise, but that isn't the case.

Overall: The sound, even though I have the stock pipe on right now, is great. Real good sounding. Everything runs very smoothly on it, especially the clutch. However, I'm not a fan of hydraulic clutches. I love the way this bike looks. Split headlights and the undertail exhaust. Functionally however, the bike is very similar to my 750. The ugly front/rear blinkers and mirrors are the sorry same. Only the undertail fender is terrible. I'm still currently trying to figure out where to mount the plate b/c the undertail exhaust is limiting my options. I have a integrated signal ready to be thrown on. It's got no slipper clutch or gear indicator, which I'm used to, but it would've been nice. I am the least impressed with the build quality. Everyone rips GSXR saying they're junk, but the Honda may even be worse in my opinion. I put my helmet on the mirror, while it was parked, and somehow scratched the plastic, even my fingernail left a mark. The windscreen cowl shakes at idle, it looks like i could snap it off at the corners. Removing the plastics is a HUGE pita. The GSXR's fairings were very simple to take off, 5-6 bolts, 6 clips and it's off. The CBR is way more stressful to mess with. Everything fits so tightly that I have to hold my breath and hope not to break off any clips or tabs. I put no cut frame sliders on the CBR, and the fairings are not lining up perfectly at the bottom. I gotta take a look, but I'm putting it off until I have to change the oil. The engine makes even more noise than the GSXRs, if you can believe it...and the throttle is kinda choppy. Like i said before, these two bikes are very comparable. But the ride is very smooth on the CBR, definitely slightly superior to the GSXR.

Now, most of my gripes with the CBR would have been non-existent if I got the k6 1000, that I got hosed on. (like the slipper clutch, gear indicator, blinkers etc) And also I believe that everything that I liked on the CBR 1000RR would have been evident on the K6 1000, and maybe all liter bikes(power, handling, brakes etc) Should I have waited for another K6 1000 to come around for a good price?...maybe. But I'm not disappointed, by any means, with the Honda. Especially, after that recall by suzuki on the k5/k6. Either way, I'm very happy with my bike and it's gonna be a fun fun summer with it. The smile factor was too much. The first ride through the reservation by my house, I must have been smiling ear to ear the entire time. Am I a CBR convert?...definitely not. But I do like my new machine, especially at the price I got it for w/ a factory warranty. I am very satisfied with Honda's liter bike for 06. The 08 may be lighter and faster, but wwaaaaaayyyyyyy uglier...and I don't have to worry about my bike consuming oil like the 08s are prone to do. Hope you're still awake and enjoyed reading my honest review of my machinery for summer '09. Pics to come...
 

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I went from an 01R6, to an 05 750, to an 06 1000..

I too was just like you.. I couldnt believe the torch. I was really that shocked at the top end power at first because I never reall got a chance to get it wide open.. Once I got a chance to get around 150 and then start moving north.. I really though "oh shit" this thing is fast.

The second gear wheelie power is just incredible.. I can put mine at 5k, power off and yank throttle and the bike stands straight up and can go as far as i want it to, even through third with no problem.

Through the turns I personally liked it ALOT more then the 750.

I can certainly share and appreciate your post and the excitment in it. <thumbsup>
 

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Thanx guys, glad you enjoyed the post...The pics of the blade kinda suck, but i'll get better ones. I still got a pipe and an integrated tail light to put on, so more pics a comin...

Tee: To be honest, i was considering putting it in the product review, but it was more of a bike review rather than an exhaust, pc3, clip-on review...you know? But put it wherever you feel it fits. You're the mod. Oh btw, how would one become a mod? Kinda interested

Here are the few pics that I snapped of my Blade: (Cell Phone pics btw)







And here are pics of my GSXR 750:







I gotta take some nice pics of the blade, but gimme a break, just got on it two days ago...

But honestly fellas: Which one do you like better? I'm torn as I already explained in detail, lol
 

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Thanx guys, glad you enjoyed the post...The pics of the blade kinda suck, but i'll get better ones. I still got a pipe and an integrated tail light to put on, so more pics a comin...

Tee: To be honest, i was considering putting it in the product review, but it was more of a bike review rather than an exhaust, pc3, clip-on review...you know? But put it wherever you feel it fits. You're the mod. Oh btw, how would one become a mod? Kinda interested

Here are the few pics that I snapped of my Blade: (Cell Phone pics btw)







And here are pics of my GSXR 750:







I gotta take some nice pics of the blade, but gimme a break, just got on it two days ago...

But honestly fellas: Which one do you like better? I'm torn as I already explained in detail, lol
That's fine, we'll just leave it here. As far as becoming a mod, PM one of us for the details, if you're interested.
 
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