I think of it as a sports commuter. There is no way that the CBR is a pure sports bike. This is a good thing for me, because I knew exactly what it was like before I bought mine. Let me explain. Most pure sports bikes are uncomfortable over long distance, are a PITA to ride in traffic, and are not very economical. The CBR is a good mix of economy, great handling on real roads, comfort and the engine, though not what you'd call sporty, is very good. It's got a good spread of useable power, that makes it a pleasure to ride on real roads, unlike a pure sports bike, which is usually gutless low down in the rev range, but much quicker at the top of the rev range. I'm very happy with mine, because it does all I want it to, is great fun to ride, and very economical.