I have decided to upgrade and am going to take this winter storage season as a time to look at the next bike. Honda is coming out with a new cbr600rr in 2013 in which abs will be one of the improvements along with a new body look. This bike is already $$$$$$, so I anticipate it will be even more $$$$$$$$$.
I have been looking at the Suzuki GIXXER 600 and I must say I like it. 124hp (which btw is 22 more than the 600rr presently) and only 360lbs which is a biggie for me as I like a light weight bike. cbr600rr is 430ish lbs. GIXXER does not have abs however, but not a deal breaker. Awesome feature is the S-DMS. This bike is less $$$$$$$$$$$$
I have decided that the new Honda 500 release this fall/winter is not for me. I know I will ride it for a season and find myself looking at the 600 ss bikes again.
I wld like to hear the feedback of some of you guys who are familiar with these two bikes. Pros and cons etc. I am not interested in ppl telling me WHY the 250 is a keeper. I adore my bike but, like others i wish for more oomph and NOT because it cannot perform on the highway but because I want the ss. I do plan on demo riding the 600rr before committing. Not sure if the Suzuki dealership allows demo's but the 600rr shd give me an idea of the feel of a ss bike.
Not diving blind into this but instead utilizing these next winter months for research. I feel I am ready for this change. So far I am leaning towards the GIXXER. Thx for the feedback
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I'm thinking about the same thing, but throw in the new ZX-6R as well (with ABS, TCS, and power modes).
Also with the upcoming euro changes, it makes me wonder if the GSX-R will finally get ABS to in 2013/14 (as I believe it is going to be required by law there), as that is my only real large 'con' about the bike. (although I am still hoping for a new 600RRA to keep it in the family)
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I would take the cbr600 over the gsxr by a nose. Comes down to the sound of the bike , I prefer the sound of Hondas over the graspy gsxr sound. I demoed 3 600s this summer and prefer the sound of the r6 and zx6r more. Honda did not do a demo in my area. The zx6r has a killer motor if you should look Kawasaki's way and to me more fun than the gsxr 600, however it's less comfortable.
Watch for tingles in the foot pegs of the gixxers all three I demoed had vibes in the pegs. The 750 rides the same as the 600 to my butt.
Well you'll have all new choices from Triumph, Kawasaki, (and Maybe Honda.)
and the Suzuki and MV from this year.
And the R6 which never needs changing.. for me its pure sportsbike.. the way they should be, it will be shame when it gets the axe in 2014.. I will buy the last one off the production line and keep it alongside my RZ500.
But nobody can tell you what to get except yourself.
I'd say get the one that gives you the biggest boner... but you are girl
(ps.. the R6 gives the most tingles lol)
The 360 is its dry weight not wet weight. I think the gsx is only a dew lbs less wet than the cbr. If I were you I'd get the daynota. Good comparable power but only 410 lbs wet. The daynota will be my next bike if I go the ss route like you are.
Have you considered the middleweight sport bikes? SV-650, FZR6, GT650R, and Ninja 650. Something to think about, since they'd let you keep the some of the upright character of your little CBR . They also aren't such a giant leap. My pick would be the Ninja 650 ABS.
I think that I would test ride each of the bikes that are on my short list and go with the one that seems to fit me best. I have made the mistake with cars (not bikes, yet) of putting too much emphasis on the performance numbers and not enough on how I felt driving it. All the bikes you listed have loads of power and excellent breaks. I think it's going to come down to cost, potential maintenance cost/convenience, and which one on which you feel the most comfortable. Happy searching!!