Man that is one sharp looking helmet in the pic. Love the concept and price but make mine a V-TWIN and I'll be a owner.
While I agree that the market might benefit from better options for middle-displacement, faired V-twin motorcycles, the Kawasaki 650 already exists as a parallel twin that should have the powerband characteristics it sounds like you are after (although obviously lacking that v-twinny exhaust note). Then of course there's the Suzuki SV650 that sendler mentions, but which is now discontinued I think? This is missing the point though.
The CBR600F is simply not about that. It's continuing the tradition of the Hurricane and F2/F3/F4i, each of which was for all intents and purposes a Super Sport machine! Just not like we understand the RRs of today.
They used to win trophies with these bikes in the early nineties, back before the explosion of technology that caused the "Racer Replica" fad to go high and right. That's what this is, it's essentially a legitimate super sport but without delusions of grandeur. Maybe our market just isn't ready for that and the divide between the racer replica track-day hooligans and the everyday middle-displacement sport drivers has grown too big, but based on the screaming-hot market for used CBR600 F4i's and all of their attendant aftermarket parts, I'd say a demand does exist.
Come on, I can't be the only one who is interested in the 600F family for exactly what they are, not just moaning about another middle-displacement faired "sport-alike" that could have been!
Add the grab bars I use for my rack and take away the peaky, gas guzzling super sport cams.
It may not have the big 'wing' grab bars of our 250s but there is an OEM Honda accessory
that is secured with buckles around the more camouflaged grab bars that exist in the CBR600F's tail section fairing (they are there just harder to see). Any other dedicated touring gear is going to be aftermarket however. Again we're dealing with the exact nuances of what the bike's intentions are. This isn't a Sport-Tourer, it's not exactly a mere faired Standard, and it's not a beginner's bike (media branding aside), this thing is only a step or two back from the racer replicas while still dwelling in the Sport/Super Sport category (depending on how you define such things).
As for fuel economy any form of inline-4 isn't likely to be your best bet. Approximately 43-45 mpg for a total of ~170 miles on a full tank seems to be about the average that the UK rider reviewers are agreeing on. Performance has it's price.